Trio of Wild Flowers

The weather was rather miserable yesterday, for this time of year. Overcast, threatening rain all the time, and a few drops did make it down every so often. And it was that kind of rain that covers everything with a random pattern of brown dots. So not so bad really that one would give up any hope of doing anything outdoors. But enough to dissuade most locals. So, in reality, rather perfect. With my climbing partners otherwise occupied, I took the opportunity to go for a short walk in the vicinity with Roberta.

We headed up to Għargħur for an amble along the Victoria lines in the late morning. I took my camera with me, and knowing it was overcast, I only took the macro lens. This was a good choice, as the flat lighting is perfect for this kind of photography. Also, with R still slowly increasing her pace and distance, we had plenty of opportunity to focus on the little things (no pun intended).

Spring is clearly here, and besides several flowers we had observed before we also managed to find a few that we either had not specifically noticed before. The first of these is known in Maltese as Qarn il-Mogħża. This is none other than the evergreen honeysuckle (Lonicera implexa). The flowers are tiny, and proved quite a challenge to shoot. Next, we came across the Ħobbejża tar-Raba, known in English as the common mallow (Malva Sylvestris). Finally, we observed again a plant known in Maltese as Ilsien l-Għasfur, or in English as the Mediterranean catchfly (Silene colorata). At first we thought this was a red campion (Silene dioica), which we were familiar with from the UK. That plant happens to be related to this one, but they’re not the same.

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