Natural History Photographs


During the high season, the village of Omalós is crowded with tourists. The high season commences when the famous Samaria gorge opens, on May 1st. Luckily for us, we stayed here just before that time, since we prefer the quiet over the crowd. Apart from the famous Samaria gorge, Omalós is known for its tulips - somewhat ironic perhaps for a Dutch visitor. Indeed, we found fields packed with Tulipa saxatilis; but we also enjoyed other flowers, such as anemones and the beautiful Snake-head's iris, Iris tuberosa.




Early in the morning, the tulips and anemones are still closed, so we first explored the mountain slopes around the entrance of the Samarita gorge.
Acer sempervirens
Authority:Linnaeus, 1767
Italiano:acero sempreverde
Aubrieta deltoidea
Authority:(L.) DC. 1821
Synonyms:Alyssum deltoideum Linnaeus, 1763
Nederlands:Aubrietia
English:Aubretia
Deutsch:Blaukissen
Français:Aubriétia
Italiano:aubrezia siciliana
Arabis verna
Authority:(L.) W.T.Aiton, 1812
Synonyms:Hesperis verna Linnaeus, 1753
Italiano:arabetta primaverile
Español:oruga
Saxifraga tridactylites
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
Nederlands:Kandelaartje
English:Rue-leaved saxifrage
Deutsch:Dreifingeriger Steinbrech, Fingersteinbrech, Händleinkraut
Norsk:Trefingersildre
Svenska:Grusbräcka
Français:Saxifrage à trois doigts, petite saxifrage, saxifrage rouge
Italiano:lucernicchia, sassifraga annuale
Español:saxífraga pequeña roja
Prunus prostrata
Authority:Labill. 1791
English:mountain cherry, rock cherry
Deutsch:Felsenkirschbaum, Felsenkirsche, niederliegende Zwergkirsche, niedrige Kirschmandel
Français:cerisier nain, cerisier prostré, prunier rampant
Italiano:pruno prostrato
Español:cerezo de montaña, cerezo rastrero, endrinillo borde, endrino de Sierra Nevada,
endrino negro, sanguina, sanguino
Ochrolechia cf. androgyna
Nederlands:Gewone tandpastakorst
English:powdery saucer lichen
Deutsch:Zwittrige Cremeflechte
Svenska:grynig örnlav
Lichen spp.
Nederlands:Korstmossen
English:Lichens
Deutsch:Flechten
Caloplaca
cerina
Nederlands:Oranje boomzonnetje
Deutsch:Wachs-Schönfleck
Svenska:vaxorangelav

Buellia disciformis
Nederlands:Groot strontjesmos
English:Boreal button lichen
Deutsch:Scheiben-Schwarzpunktflechte
Svenska:rönnlav
Physconia
distorta
Nederlands:Fors rijpmos
English:Green powdery stellated lichen
Deutsch:Echte Raureifflechte
Norsk:skåldogglav
Svenska:dagglav
Ficaria verna chrysocephalus
Authority:Hudson, 1762
Synonyms:Ranunculus ficaria Linnaeus, 1753
Nederlands:Speenkruid
Italiano:celidonia minore, favagello, favaiola, ranuncolo favagello
Español:celidonia menor, escrofularia menor, ficaria, hierba centella, hierba centella menor,
hierba de las almorranas
Anemone coronaria
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
English:Poppy Anemone
Italiano:anemone dei campi, anemone dei fiorai, fagottino
Español:anémona, coronaria
Iris tuberosa
Authority:Linnaeus, 1753
English:snake's-head iris, widow iris
Deutsch:Knollige Schwertlilie, Wolfs-Schwertel
Français:Iris des serpents
Italiano:bellavedova, bocca di lopo
Español:lirio de Cuaresma, lirio negro, lirio tuberoso
Xylocopa violacea
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:Blauwzwarte houtbij
English:Violet carpenter bee
Deutsch:Blauschwarze Holzbiene
Parentucellia latifolia
Authority:(L.) Caruel, 1885
Synonyms:Euphrasia latifolia Linnaeus, 1753
Italiano:perlina rossiccia
Español:algaravía, algaravía de hoja ancha, bellardia
Neotinea
tridentata
Authority:(Scop.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, 1997
Synonyms:Orchis tridentata Scop. 1772
Nederlands:drietandorchis
English:toothed orchid
Deutsch:Dreizahnkeuschständel, dreizähniges Knabenkraut
Français:orchis dentelé. orchis à trois dents
Italiano:orchide screziata
Tulipa saxatilis
Authority:Sieber ex Spreng., 1825
Synonyms:Tulipa bakeri A.D.Hall, 1938
English:Cretan Tulip
Italiano:tulipano dei sassi