Boom! On our second night in Mellieha the night sky exploded with colour. We flattered ourselves suggesting that our arrival did not warrant such ceremony knowing that the fireworks were a highlight in the village annual festival. What a show!! There were two displays of fireworks synchronised to music and it seemed that each lasted for an hour. We have always wanted to master taking photographs of fireworks and without a tripod thought it would be a challenge. Fortunately Jupiter and Mars aligned and there were a number of factors in our favour; the length of the show provided plenty of opportunity to adjust the camera settings, a high balcony provided the perfect vantage point, a wide ledge provided a makeshift tripod and a steady hand to angle the camera all helped. We managed to capture a whole series of pleasing shots. This is our favourite. Others may appear from time to time. For those interested in the camera settings they were Aperture f/14, Shutter Speed 10 seconds, ISO-100, focal length 27mm. Wonder whether there were fireworks to commemorate our departure.