Incredible Okçular!


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. I admit I got a teensy bit cranky when I saw you were postponing the final episode of the Magical Mystical Tour, but after reviewing, you’re absolutely forgiven. It’s hardly believable that you have these flowers in early February! Thanks for sharing them and the adorable baby goat.

    1. . . sharing this incredible corner of the country by photos and ecouraging folks to walk and explore is a real pleasure. Glad you enjoyed the ‘delay’!

  2. I have found a few of those orchids around Didim (small ones). I always think its rather a grand name for such a dull flower.

    1. Hi Kym! Most likely what you are seeing is not these which really live up to their name. Possible you’re looking at is a bit later, pale pink and probably Orchis italica – Italian Man Orchid, so called because – I’ll leave you check out its ‘tackle’!

  3. 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.

    1. Hi Hilary! I think that sitting, as we do, on the cusp of the Mediterranean and Aegean makes a real climatic difference when compared to a little way north or east along the coasts. Some years we have had anemones beginning late November thro’ till April – amazing!

  4. 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!

  5. After being totally transfixed by Barlia robertiana – I was amazed to see the baby goat – did you really just happen upon that? J. must have had a magic inkling of the need to have an interlude in that amazing valley of yours! Craving a really long walk up there as I sit here in the snow.

    1. . . the Giant Orchids are splendid! Yes! We happened upon the nanny and her off-spring minutes after the birth the shepherd was nearby to keep an eye on them – and you are welcome to stay here any time and walk or whatever.

  6. 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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