on 1st May 2013 I spent the day with Julia looking at the rich flower life in the mountains and valleys above Kritsa in Eastern Crete, not far from Agios Nikolaos.
Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for plants and her bionic vision for botanical specimens made this a special day. We leapt in and out of her jeep as she spotted a tiny dot of colour and were well-rewarded with flowers great and small, from a miniature geranium nestled in a crevice, to a huddle of wild peonies. After lunch at friendly Taverna in the mountain valley we were delighted to find several different species of wild orchid still standing. As exciting as an Easter egg hunt (Easter is 5th May in Crete this year) and such riches! Now I know why I need a better camera.
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