On flowers, cameras, travels, friends and other marvels of nature

Monday, January 23, 2012

Alyssum saxatile (syn. Aurinia saxatilis)

Areopagus hill, Athens, January 22, 2012

Areopagus hill, Athens, Mars 3, 2012

The Alyssum saxatile is supposed to start blooming in April and continue until late June, but many specimens on the southern slope of the Areopagus hill were in full bloom already by January! Is this in any way related to the global warming?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Crocosmia x crocosmiflora (montbretia)

Camariñas, Gallicia, Spain, August 16, 2009

This is a man-made hybrid of Crocosmia aurea and Crocosmia patsii dating back to 1880, and since then naturalized to various parts of Europe. Both parent Crocosmiae were called Tritoniae in an earlier nomenclature.

Lampranthus spectabilis

Lemon Cove, CA, USA, April 6, 2010

Lampranthus is a genus originating in South Africa, but it seems naturalised to southern California too. George was driving and he nearly got a heart attack when I started to yell that we have to stop. I had spoted this magnificent Lampranthus carpet and, despite the fright I caused to him, he lent me his camera, since mine was lost somewhere in my lagage.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Xeranthemum annuum

Halka Bunar, central Bulgaria, June 25, 2010

Wisteria sinensis

Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2009

Veronica persica

Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2009

Verbascum undulatum


Areopagus hill, Athens, April 26, 2009

Verbascum sinuatum


Bratya Daskalovi, central Bulgaria July 10, 2010

Ancient Maroneia, Thrace, Greece, November 24, 2011

A beautiful summer evening at Bratya we 've been to the small river, which crosses the village, and took lots of flower pics with Maria, Dany and Katia.
For the last pic Kleopatra had to follow me on exploring ruins in ancient Maroneia, through bushes, rocks and thistles J.

Verbascum macrurum


Ancient Orchomenos, central Peloponnese, June 12, 2006

These beautiful mulleins adorned the ancient theater of Orchomenus, which I visited, during a detour on our way back from Agios Konstantinos to Athens, with Evi, Yorgos S. and Vasso.

Usnea barbata

Flambouritsa gorge, Mt. Cyllene, Peloponnese, October 30, 2011

Kilimanjaro Mt., Tanzania, Mars 1, 2009

Usnea is a genus of lichen growing on tree branches. The species barbata grows uniquely on dead trees. The second pic was taken after Mandara huts, at an altitude of appoximately 3000 m. 
On both expeditions (to Kili and to Cyllene) I've been with Andreas. The Kili team was completed by Kostas A. and Sofoklis, while the Cyllene team included also Dora, Gogo,Vasilis T., Lilian, George, Yannis K. and Ilias.

Urginea maritima (syn. Scilla maritima)


Antikyra, Corinthian gulf, December 24, 2011

Umbilicus horizontalis

Areopagus hill, Athens, April 26, 2010

Trigonella balansae

Acropolis North slope, Atehns, April 26, 2010

Tragopogon porrifolius

Acropolis North slope, Athens, April 26, 2010

Tordilium apulum (Mediterranean hartwort)

Antikyra, Corinthian gulf, Mars 13, 2010

Thapsia garganica



Pnyx hill, Athens, April 26, 2009