I’m continuing to trek around the infrequently trodden parts of Symi and continuing to be surprised by the variety of colourful plant life. It’s not in great swathes like on other islands I have visited in Spring but the number of plants coming into flower is either increasing or my eyes are becoming more attuned and seeing things for the first time.
More Spring colour to follow but I thought I would focus on the some of the beasties roaming around this colourful landscape. As plants come into flower so the new habitat is accompanied by wildlife working through necessary stages in its life-cycle.
Most dramatic and easily photographed have been the tortoises ‘Testudo Graeca’. I have seen them wandering around on previous visits to Greece but they have seemed to put in only a rare appearance. This time I have seen three large specimens already. Again, it’s one of the advantages of walking in sandals and watching where you put your feet. The third one I saw was on ‘The Other Steps’ from the harbour up to Horio, the Cataractis. Far less used than the better known Kali Strata, and not subject to a cleaning and weeding programme for Easter, at this time of year they are covered in vegetation and bouncing down one day I nearly trod on a large tortoise ambling across below one of the risers.
There have also been an increasing number of butterflies flitting around the plants, especially so as the oregano is starting to come into flower. None of the dramatic Scarce Swallowtails or Greek Streamertails as yet, that is a pleasure to come.
Other creatures home in on the oregano as it suddenly provides a platform for all kinds of activity, all of which helps pollination and so set seed.
A walk up to the permanent pond at Gria on the mountain above Pedi at first seemed to have hit on a time with no wildlife at all. However, a little patience becoming part of the rocks lining the edge, was rewarded by shots of a number of dragonflies, lizards and a bird coming for a bath.