Abandoned Car

Over the last few weeks I have been working on the photography side of the walking book project. This involves going through my now rather extensive catalogue of photos to find those that were taken from these walks, shortlisting those that are suitable as illustrations. In some cases this has been rather straightforward, simply a matter of finding the various outings in the area and … Continue reading Abandoned Car

Xaħxieħ

Sometimes it feels like we’ve been forever in soft-lockdown. Maybe it’s just me quickly adjusting to life with less traffic and less contact with other people. At the same time it can feel like the whole change only happened yesterday, as in many ways we’re still adjusting to the consequences, particularly at work. So it feels weird to see the changes in the countryside that … Continue reading Xaħxieħ

Zunnarija Selvaġġa

Today’s photo, also from the series of flower photos from Wied il-Għasel last spring, shows inflorescences of the wild carrot, or Zunnarija Selvaġġa in Maltese (Daucus carota). This, too, is an indigenous plant, and commonly found in the garigue. These are really tiny flowers, but what intrigued me most, I think, is the shot of colour introduced by the deep purple anthers and reddish ovaries. … Continue reading Zunnarija Selvaġġa

Erika

Continuing with the series of flower photos from Wied il-Għasel last spring, for this week’s throwback I’m sharing a photo of a common little flower known as Erika in Maltese (Erica multiflora), or as the Mediterranean heath in English. It’s a common plant, indigenous to the islands, and one that was among the first I made a specific effort to identify. I recall noticing it, … Continue reading Erika

Bużbież

For this week’s throwback series I’m sharing two photos of a plant that to me is synonymous with the Maltese countryside. Readers of this blog may recognize this plant from a number of earlier photos. I’m talking about wild fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), known in Maltese as Bużbież. Its bright yellow flowers look joyful and the plant itself smells amazing. It’s also worth mentioning that dried … Continue reading Bużbież