Carsten and Steve turned up at the meeting point not a drop of rain in sight. (phew)
I see a donkeys head in the Picture!!
Carsten and Steve had our nature goggles turned on, we were both in the zone spotting the lone wild orchids which not easy to spot. Due to the heavy rain we had yesterday the normally dry river bed past the the Roman Baths was 6 inches deep!! So a detour was in order.
We quickly picked up the path again and were soon rewarded with our first glimpse of a yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea).
Next our treasured marker comes into view, it indicates
where we cross the river – the 7 trunked Eucalytus tree, a couple of tree hugs were
We adeptly cross the river which was just covering the usually dry
Knowing that we were just a few minutes away from the limestone gorge.
Which is utterly stunnning.
Just before the view point we spot another variety of
orchid, the bumble bee (Ophrys bombyliflora).
Next onwards and upwards as we head to the old Roman Viaduct and former mill.
Again we manfully cross the river.We are greeted with beautiful with clusters of wild
huge white calla lillies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Excuse my latin !!
Here was the perfect point to stop for our packed lunches,in the connecting end of the
Looking directly up the the fortress of Casares.
It seems ours senses are also
heightened today as fantastic diffferent smells were everywhere and the songs of birds so clearly.
This is the furthest we have gone on this out and back, putting in an
exhilarating 4 and half hours worth of nature !!By the time we got back to the car the
sun was shining brightly a perfect finish to the day.
Yey…. the perfect chair