Wild Flowers

I’m starting this week with a number of photos from a recent short walk that I did with Roberta, this holiday weekend. We headed up to Dingli, one of our favourite places, for a picnic lunch and a walk about the hamlets of Santa Katerina and Lunzjata. It is clearly spring now, with wild flowers growing everywhere, and I was happy I took my macro lens with me on this outing.

Unusually, I’m sharing more than one photo with this blog post, and will likely be repeating this often enough in the coming weeks. Between the walking book project and the recent camera upgrade I’m finding my photography output to have increased dramatically in recent weeks. Thankfully I’ve also managed to keep up with processing this output, so my album with photos still to be shared on the blog keeps increasing in size. It would be nice if I manage to blog more often, as well, but I doubt I’d ever be able to do more than three posts per week, and I’m already at two. So to keep up I’ll be including multiple photos wherever this makes sense and the photos go well together.

In this case, all the photos show wild flowers, in fact ones that are very common in Malta. The red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) of course is easily recognizable and well known – you often find substantial collections of these growing at the edges of fields, or even taking over any fields that are currently unused. A close relation is the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), known in Maltese as Xaħxieħ Vjola. One plant that I never paid much attention to before this outing is the common borage (Borago officinalis), known in Maltese as Fidloqqom. This one grows often by the wayside, and its flowers seem rather shy as they face down towards the ground. All three flowers are indigenous to the Maltese islands. The Cape sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae), on the other hand, is an invasive alien, and can also be found everywhere. It is known in Maltese as Ħaxixa Ingliża (literally English weed).

I conclude by wishing a blessed Easter season to those who celebrate it. For western Christians of course Easter was yesterday, while our eastern brothers will be celebrating next weekend.

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