Photographer's Note

The Almond tree is a tree from the family of ROSACEA. It is the first tree to bloom at the end of winter. But in Malta, it was in bloom in the middle of winter, at the end of January !

The almond tree is one of the symbols of virginity : The bloom appearing much before the leaves, each branch is covered in white, like a bridal dress.

This tree needs a lot of light, sun and dry air. It grows happily on poor, rocky soils, which is exactly the case on the island .
Notice the stone wall. They are everywhere in Malta, the farmers having inexhaustibly ridded the fields of their stones, they built these stone walls around them, for some place to put the stones, and also to protect the crops from high winds.

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Additional Photos by MarieLouise Davies (maloutim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1813 W: 332 N: 3191] (10617)
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