The little boxes cut in the rock in the foreground are old saltpans. This is where the Maltese used to make salt by pouring seawater in the pans, let it dry and gather the salt. It’s a labour intensive way of producing salt.
This is a single shot image, which was pseudo HDR post-processed with Photomatix and finally tweaked in CS3. Photo was shot in Marsascala, Malta. Image is best viewed large.
Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Focal Length: 17mm