. . along the mountain track, and as I go I love to . . tra-la-la! I know what you’re thinking – ‘what is going on here?’ After a desultory one or two posts each week or ten days this bloke is spewing them out like the pubs after a bad night on Sauchiehall Street. Trouble is, without I ‘spew’ this Beauty of Nature stuff a bit quick, you’ll miss it and that would be a shame.It all happens so fast you see.
Okçular is not like a lot of other places – Okçular has an awful lot of amazing stuff to see. Okçular is worth taking the time and trouble to get yourself here and worth putting your walking clogs on and wandering about a bit. Take this morning for example:
. . forget the fancy orchids and take a look at the ‘I could so easily have missed that’ brigade –
Fritillaria acmopetala (and in the background)
Fritillaria sibthorpiana (endangered endemic)
Papaver argemone – Prickly Poppy
Valeria asarifolia – Valerian
Mauremys caspia – Stripe-necked Terrapin
Ranunculus ficaria – Lesser Celandine
. . below, one of the rarest plants you will ever lay eyes upon . .
Alkanna mughlae – critically endangered endemic
Ornithogalum umbellatum – Star of Bethlehem
Laurus nobilis – Laurel or Sweet Bay
. . and finally, to show I have nothing against orchids . .
Orchis anatolica – Anatolian Orchid
. . and there’s so much more – better you come and see for yourself. Remember your copy of the Okçular Village Guide – Happy Wandering!
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü