Natural History Photographs

Nearing the end of my stay at Crete, and having found most of the targets, we looked for nothing in particular, and explored some small roads. We stopped in the middle of nowhere; soon enough I found an orchis we hadn't found yet, Anacamptis coriophora. We looked around some time for any additional bonuses; for Matty this was an ET-like encounter with a lizard...

Anacamptis coriophora
Authority:(L.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, 1997
Synonyms:Orchis coriophora Linnaeus, 1753
English:bug orchid
Deutsch:Wanzenhundswurz, Wanzenknabenkraut, Wanzenorchis
Français:orchis fétide, orchis punaise
Italiano:cimiciattola, orchide cimicina
Español:olor de chinches
Spartium junceum
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Nederlands:Spaanse brem
English:Spanish Broom
Français:Spartier à tiges de jonc
Italiano:ginestra comune, ginestra di Spagna, ginestra odorosa, spartio
Español:canarios, gayomba, gayumba, genista de España, hiniestra, retama, retama de flor,
retama de los jardines, retama de olor, retama macho
Ophrys sphegodes spruneri
Authority:Mill., 1768
English:Early Spider-orchid
Français:Ophrys araignée

Soil crusts