This post was going to be the one that brought the ‘Mystical Tour’ to a fitting climax, but then a beautiful Spring day, the gorgeous Kösten Dağ, the mountain behind our house, and my dear J with two sets of walking boots in her hands conspired to bring about what, back in the 50’s, the ‘Beeb’ tv used to call ‘time for a short interlude’. You remember, they showed fish wandering about aimlessly in a tank or a pair of potter’s hands turning a pot accompanied by soothing music? Incredible to think that we sat there mesmerised!

Anyway, back to this interlude. J and I went up Kösten Dağ and around to the eastern facing side and we went for a very good reason apart from the walk and fresh air. Kösten is made of limestone and this corner of Turkey gets some torrential rains so the whole mountain is carved out by valleys. Some are narrow and deep and others are more broad and gentle which means that all sorts of habitats are available to be colonised and exploited by a wide variety of flora and fauna. Some are common or garden and some,  as regular readers know, are anything but! Today’s photo interlude is about the common or garden on our walk today – are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin . .

first among equals – Barlia robertiana – Giant Orchid

Romulea tempskyana – Sand Crocus

Asphodelus aestivus  – Asphodel

goats forecasting the weather

Anemone coronaria Crown Anemone

the inevitable Anemone coronaria – Crown Anemone

nest and caterpillars of Thaumetopoea pityocampa – Pine Processionary

Gagea villosa - Gagea

Gagea villosa – Gagea

view east to Çal Dağ and the western Tauros Mountains

Old Man’s Beard – clematis seed-heads

Anagyris foetida – Bean Trefoil

new life – a few minutes old

J and I have been trying to identify this for years – any ideas?

. . and here is the main reason for visiting this area at this time. There are scattered pockets of this plant all around Kösten Dağ, but on the eastern flank on the north-facing side of one valley can be seen countless numbers carpeting the hillside. Come back a week from now and you will have missed them – Iris unguicularis v. carica – Algerian Iris


Iris unguicularis v. carica – Algerian Iris

. . . and finally . . . Ahhhh!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü


20 thoughts on “Interlude

  1. Oh Wow!

    I think this shows the difference a couple of hundred kilometers makes. We have not seen any asphodel yet. I think we shall in a week or so….

    We really haven’t seen a lot of wildflowers yet. Just the anenomes (I think the ones we saw were crown anenomes) and some of those sand crocii.

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  2. Yes, Alan. I was also a tiny bit disappointed by the delay in your final posting of your MMT but your lovely pictures makes one feel the lovely, warm sunshine, experience the beauty of the flowers and smell those sweet goats. Loved the baby!

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  3. Melly Schug says:

    Nature was always be my all time favorite. I’d rather go to a park or a forest that going to the small.The fresh air, green plants always makes me happy.

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