Well, I made it to Symi. At first the weather was great, sunny with temperatures mid to high twenties. One day it dropped to a chilly low twenties with heavy overnight rain depositing half of the Sahara on the island. Always a mixed bag of weather at this time of year. Take it as it comes.
Been meeting up with friends some who live here, some visiting. Sadly I’m misfiring on two out of four cylinders and am reluctantly reconciled to the fact that walks are likely to be somewhat less than wild for a while. But I’m working on it, trying to do a little more each day.
Knowing this would be the case I thought it would be a good opportunity to focus the camera on spring flowers which swathe the island. Because of the extreme drought the flowering period for most plants is very short, survival of the species depends on getting seeds out there as soon as possible. Winter 2014-15 was unusually wet on the island and so in Spring 2015 plants were in flower longer and later than usual. This winter has not been so wet and it quickly became clear that most of the flowering has finished in sharp contrast with the same time last year (see last years’ blogs beginning here) when it stretched well into May. But there is still colour to be seen and maybe more to come.
Early spring and few people around means that you get places to yourself, especially as there are as yet no taxi boats in the water.
Climbing the ridge towards Agia Marina and you are reminded not to take the breathtaking main harbour for granted. Very few boats parked at this time of year, in a couple of months multimillion-euro gin palaces and wooden gullets will be crammed in to every inch of harbourside, some having to moor in the bay beyond. But for now, the few there are can spread out.