Who doesn’t like strange landscapes? I took this photo while on a press trip the other day because I thought the hill on the other side of the bay looked like some kind of ancient spaceship just waiting to make a bid for freedom from under its rocks.
Some are just plain weird, others seem like outposts from another planet – and some can be somewhat depressing or unnerving while, at the same time, having the ability to awe, impress and shock.
This weird landscape is on the island of Gozo, just north of Malta.
Indeed, it was the strangest landscape I have ever cycled through.
It didn’t take long to figure out that the flat tray areas hacked out of the soft coastal stone were salt-pans. Apparently some of them are ancient.
I was delighted to discover some are still in use – indeed, I bought three bags of freshly made sea salt from a woman who was selling the stuff at a very reasonable price just under the cliffs.
It’s good salt – I’m home now and using it in my cooking. And every time I take a pinch of it I remember that strange rocky landscape.
Because that’s the thing about weird places – they can come back to haunt you.