Lens-Artists Challenge – Silhouettes


Greetings to all from MB.

A little explanation of the weekly photo challenge before MB gives his offering. The weekly photo challenge was conceived by four lady bloggers/photographers over one year back. Each takes their turn consecutively to post a weekly theme and the rest of the sheep, like MB, then follow suit. Read More

It’s The Weekend


Go explore and old ruin!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Framing the Shot


Thanks to Amy for this week’s framing challenge.

MB has taken this shot at many different times of the year. It’s the tree that grows in the perimeter of the Grange Stone Circle back in MB’s HX Irish homeland. This shot was taken in December 2018.

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It’s the weekend


Do something a little mad!

This kid is oblivious to the adults behind him, who are just about to enter St Pauls Cathedral in Mdina, Malta, for a wedding ceremony. MB snapped the carefree kid during his May 2019 trip.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Dreamy


Thanks to Anne Christine for this week’s Dreamy challenge.

Who could not say that the Blue Danube is not a dreamy piece of music? Nobody!

If you happened to be in the Vrijthof Square in Maastricht last week with MB at the André Rieu concert, you just might have had a dreamy waltz in MB’s arms!

Warning – As ever, MBs vids are a tad ropey! So, on clicking onto MBs Blue Danube vid, click quickly to full screen for best viewing experience.

Dreamy or what?!

 

 

 

MB & Andre Rieu Concert, 11 July 2019.


Where to start?

At the end perhaps.

Maybe it’s a good place to start. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Your Choice


Your Choice.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh (‘a thousand thanks’ in Irish Gaelic) to the four ladies who administer and set the weekly photo challenges. They are angels all!

One year of challenges has now just past and Patti has offered us a blank canvas this week with her Your Choice challenge. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Serenity


Thanks to Tina for this week’s serene challenge.

MB has chosen a shot of Lough Gur lake from his HX homeland.

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It’s the weekend


What about a bit of caving?

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Unique


Thanks to Amy for this week’s Unique photo challenge. Read More

It’s the weekend


Hopefully, you won’t need any of these!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Trees


Thanks to Ann Christine for her Trees photo challenge this week.


If it’s trees you want, then you should’ve all been hanging out with MB last week in the Matka River Canyon, near Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

They’ve got oodles of trees over there!

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It’s the weekend


Matka River Canyon, North Macedonia.

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Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge – Wild


Thanks to Tina for the ‘walk on the wild side‘ challenge. If followers would like to see some superb shots from Tina’s African adventures then please click on that link.


Many of the major towns and cities in the Middle East have large bird markets. The markets are not restricted to just wild birds of course. In the Bird Market at Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar, one can find turtles, domestic pets such as puppies and kittens, and more.


Sometimes wild is caged.

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Valetta


Valetta is the present-day capital of Malta built by the Knights of St John and dates from the 1500s. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and is small enough to explore in a day or two. MB spent a few days there last week ambling around the streets and seeing the sights.

The following pics give a flavour of the city. They come from a street food walking tour taken by MB and some general exploration. He will comment on a few of the pics below for the benefit of followers.


The famous (original) painting by Carravagio – The Beheading of John the Baptist. It’s the largest painting ever by the painter and the only one he signed, which he did in the red blood (paint) from the throat of the saint. The painting is on display and a permanent fixture at the Co-Cathedral of St John in central Valetta. Photo Nr 2 below is a shot of the church interior. The entire church is incredibly ornate.DSC03492

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One of the old city gates.DSC03378

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The Building known as Victory Kitchen fed thousands of hungry Maltese during WW2, when the city authorities had already signed their surrender to the Germans, but survived thanks to supplies from British ships which limped into the harbour, still under fire from German planes. Many ships were lost en route.DSC03334

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Flags are out in abundance during Spring religious festivals. MB believes the below flags honour St Martin, but he stands to be corrected.DSC03310

Traditional Maltese bread made in a traditional Maltese oven (2nd pic below), which is some 5m deep. The eight-sided Maltese Cross which features on the below oven and on the national flag represents the eight obligations or aspirations of the Knights – namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole­hearted, and to endure persecution”.DSC03305

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Famous Pub in Valetta called The Pub. It’s most famous claim to fame is that it’s the pub in which famous British actor, hell-raiser and alcoholic Oliver Reed drank himself to death. The bar owner informed MB and his food tour colleagues that Reed consumed some 34 alcoholic beverages on that fateful day, depicted on the below t-shirt which is for sale in the pub. Reed died during a break in filming the movie Gladiator, leaving many important scenes in difficulty. His head was later computer-generated onto an actor double to complete the scenes. DSC03294

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The pies on the right are the famous Maltese go-to fast food called pastizzi. They are made from filo pastry and have one of three fillings – cheese, chicken or peas.DSC03267

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