Incredible Okçular!

I Love To Go A-Wandering . .

. . 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

Bellevalia trifoliata

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

8 thoughts on “I Love To Go A-Wandering . .

  1. Many thanks for this. I now know that the shiney yellow flowers we saw at Teos were Lesser Celandines and you have confirmed my identification of Stars of Bethlehem at Kapıkırı. We now have the book you recommended and hope to continue to learn. We’re off on a semi organised walk tomorrow (from Çamlık to Kuşadası) and last time we walked that way we not only got lost but also saw a load of camomile, sand crocuses and actual wild crocii. Not to mention thousands of anenomes. So we are looking forward to more discoveries tomorrow….

  2. Wonderful photos of beautiful things, Alan. You know, these photos show us how many of the species we’ve planted in our garden in Cambridge, Mass. seem to be descendants of wild flowers from this part of the world. We used to go to the garden shop in late summer and load up on little bulbs for spring flowers, stick them in the ground and voila! they’d come up looking a lot like some of the ones pictured above. And of course the tulip as well comes from this part of the world. Thanks for the spring pick-up.

    1. . . I think the Mediterranean basin and South Africa contribute most to ‘domesticated’ garden flowers.

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