. . or Getting Up Close And Personal With Some Of The Oiks Of Okçular!
J and I often have close encounters with some very strange looking characters; it’s a hazard of living where we do away from a lot of the disturbance created by human activity. Generally, we are delighted to get chummy with them and only occasionally will discretion dictate some serious caution about getting involved too closely; a decision usually dictated by an aggressive, NIMBY-ish attitude on their part.
What follows is a photo intro to just a few of our local characters; (in the main taken in and around our garden) the pictures are not necessarily of the finest quality and not everyone has a name. In some cases you might not want to know them anyway . . let’s make a gentle start . .
Convolvulus Hawk Moth
Barrel Spider or Wind Scorpion – these guys have an attitude problem!
young Leopard Snake
Fire Salamander – Lyciasalamandra fazliae (critically endangered endemic)
J with an Ostrich of Okçular (true)
Brown Bush Cricket (female)
head shape says ‘viper’ – eyes and nose-plates say Rat Snake – any ideas?
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü