Malta day 1 (photography wise)
Anyway. It's warm here ... very warm. The people are friendly and tolerant of tourists, as you'd expect in a country where tourism is the major source of income. The best way to get around is by bus. You can buy a 7 day pass for 13 Euros and that covers your travelling expenses for the most part. The downside being that the buses stop running around 9:30pm in some areas and then the cabs take over. All the buses have air-conditioning as standard - they all drive around with the passenger door open.
My initial feeling on seeing parts of Malta was that it still looks like a garrison island. It's a big collection of forts and churches ... so many churches that they actually outnumber the branches of McDonalds on the island.
I photographed parts of Valletta and Medina yesterday. A combination of colour and B&W images. Part way through I stumbled onto the film set of a forthcoming film called 'The Game of Thrones'. At least I think that was the name. I think my memory got an upgrade from hoover to dyson - sucks big time now.
I was very surprised to see a large shoal of fish resembling neon tetras in one of the inlets and regret not bringing the underwater housing and a wetsuit to do some marine life photography. I'm not sure that they were neons though as the I'm assuming the Mediterranean Sea would be salty and neons are a fresh water fish from the Amazon. Unless of course - someone released some here.
There's a distinct lack of wildlife on the island. The migration season has started and this island is one of the stop off points for many species but I haven't been able to find out where they may be exactly. I'm assuming that locals that are animal friendly will be keeping them a secret as around 50% of the population have a reputation for hunting (web research only so don't take the percentage as gospel).
Rain has stopped play today. I need to go and suss out a good sheltered spot for later though as there's a thunderstorm due and it'd be cool to get some lightning shots.
Have a good one.