Our Food for Satyrs adventure yesterday started off on a misty, but warm morning. We got our first inkling of what was to come when we stopped at a little marsh close to our final destination. There was still too much water and mud to go into the marsh proper, but the sight of some seriously big orchids (Anacamptis laxiflora) standing among the reeds gave us every reason to get excited.
A little detour via the wonderful Kafenion in Kissos for some much needed caffeine took us up onto the plateau where we were greeted with a sea of colour and movement. The fields full of long grass and thousands of wild flowers were gently moving in the breeze, creating a scene of ever changing shades of green, dotted with multi-coloured specks and producing the heady scent generally known as “fresh air”.
The walk around the plateau was a walk through wonderland. The sheer volume and variety of wild orchids on display surpassed all expectations. Wherever we looked, there were clusters of pyramid orchids (A. pyramidalis), Jersey orchids (A. laxiflora), hanged man orchids (O. anthropophora) but also Erodium, masses of buttercups, blood red tulips, daisies, lupins etc. The variety and the colours seemed endless.
Endless views, masses of flowers, and incredible palette of colour and some fantastic stories on the mythology of plants and their origin together with an excellent group of walkers made for another fantastic day out. A perfect day was capped on the way back with a great sit down meal in a seriously traditional taverna. Great day, great people. Thank you!