Ras id-Dawwara

Ras id-Dawwara. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

This week I’m continuing with a short series of natural landscape photos for my throwback post. Today’s and the next few are from one of my favourite walks, around Mtaħleb, that I did earlier this year. This shows a lovely inlet with sheer cliffs on all sides, which I had photographed before. Strangely, however, I had never published the wide view as one approaches the inlet. The headland to the left is known as Ras id-Dawwara, while the inlet itself I have been unable to find a name for. A feature on the headland is known as Il-Qaws, which is how I had labelled earlier photos of the area. Sadly, the official Planning Authority map server incorrectly labels the inlet as Miġra Ferħa – that name, however, belongs to a smaller inlet further north west.

I did the walk in the early afternoon, as I did not want to get caught out on the cliffs at night. This meant that, unfortunately, the light was far from ideal at the time I arrived at this inlet. Technically, I had to deal with some very harsh contrast, but overall I’m rather happy with the result. This is very much how I remember the place, on a bright Maltese winter day.

6 thoughts on “Ras id-Dawwara

  1. That looks wonderful, considering the brutal direct sun on the water. The path along the inlet looks very inviting! …and the plant in the bottom left corner almost looks like a kind of Asphodel that is an invasive here. 😛

    1. Thanks, Alex! That path, on the right hand side, is where my walk continued 🙂
      I had to dig up the full size photo to see if I could identify the plant – I think it’s most likely to be the branched or common Asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus), which is indigenous here, and apparently very common. I must admit I never particularly noticed this species before – I’ll need to keep a more watchful eye for it…

      1. The invasive that grows around here is Asphodelus fistulosus, also called Onionweed. It’s quite a pretty plant and I could have sworn I photographed it before, but I can’t find the images. It’s native to the Mediterranean, so maybe you have that one on Malta as well. 🙂

      2. I looked it up and indeed we do. That, too, is indigenous here, but apparently very rare. It was listed as threatened in the red data book, produced in the late 1980s. I’m not sure that exercise was repeated since.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.