(and to you dear readers – Windows has screwed up the photos again – I’m working on it – done, I think!)
Another day – another Second Breakfast! Another day – another helping of Yenice National Park and the joys and privileges of being ‘honoured guests’. Our dear friends and their two kids (family really and the main reason for our visit) had organised a family picnic at an Orman (Forestry Ministry) lodge in the forest. Think of it as like one of those dachas much loved by Soviet era politicos.
On hand to pander to our ‘needs’ were a guardian cum cook, a 4×4 and driver, and a young forestry under-manager on his first posting out of university who just happened to come from one of Okçular’s next-door villages! After second breakfast (those Hobbit genes again) five of us set off up the mountain – the kids preferred to spend their day in the mountains sprawled in front of the huge, wide screen TV in the dacha – mum played the role of the KGB and stayed to keep an eye on them!
Once again the 4×4 hauled us up what would have been some tough trekking before dropping us off at the upper limit of the tree line. Our goal of the summit of Keltepe at 2000 metres or 6561.68 ft to be very precise, looked a long way away!
the track to Keltepe
Even at this modest altitude older lungs begin to burn for lack of oxygen. Very soon my pace was reduced to a plod and I was greatly relieved to be surrounded by carpets of flowers – the perfect excuse to tell the others to carry on whilst I spent time lying down – to better steady the camera of course!
Here are a few flowers and views – memories of a memorable visit to one of the gems of Turkey – Yenice Forest National Park – starting at the top.
looking back from Keltepe, Yenice National Park
Green-winged Orchid – Orchis morio ssp morio (same species shown in previous post)
Aubretia in every nook and cranny
wild apple blossom
Primrose – Primula vulgaris
striking colours but unknown – any ideas?
Stock – Mathiola ****
Goat’s-Beard/Salsify – Trogopogon *** white species
Phlomis herbi-venti – relative of Jerusalem Sage
Alpine Squill – Scilla bifolia
Fritillaria forbesii a plant of SW Anatolia – what’s it doing 2000 mts up a mountain in the North?
not in any of my references
Golden Drops – Onosma erecta
acres of Muscari bourgaei
the ‘secret’ dacha
J and our neighbour atop of Keltepe, Yenice National Park – who would have thought it?
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü