Natural History Photographs

Crete, Greece
20 - 23 April 2017

At the end of the first day of travel, a while after Spili we had to turn right in Kissou Kampos. This road led to a pass at a height of ca. 700m, where we had a final stop before reaching Kerames (visible on the top left photo), where we stayed in a small hotel. The pass is visible from a large distance by the presence of a series of modern windmills, placed here for a good reason: it tends to be windy up there! It wasn't difficult at all to find a range of orchids, so that at the end of the first day, I had already met many targets...

Serpitinite, a rock composed of one or more serpentine group minerals; the name originates from the similarity of the texture of the rock to that of the skin of a snake. Minerals in this group are formed by serpentinization, a hydration and metamorphic transformation of ultramafic rock from the Earth's mantle. Source.

Collema cf. callopismum

Lichen, unidentified

Lichen community Orchis italica

Anacamptis boryi

Orchis pauciflora

Orchis sitiaca

Tulipa cretica

Euphorbia acanthothamnos

Anacamptis collina

Anacamptis papilionacea


Orchis italica

Quercus coccifera Gall caused by Plagiotrochus quercusilicis

Orchis quadripunctata

Himantoglossum robertianum Echium italicum

Anemone hortensis Sarcopoterium spinosum

Serapias spec. Iris unguicularis Tulipa doerfleri

Trifolium uniflorum

Ophrys lutea

Ophrys scolopax

Ophrys fuciflora

Ophrys kotschyi

Ophrys tenthredinifera