o. Orphrys Rhodostephane 7/5/2019

In search of Hvar’s wild orchids

We’ve been enjoying the springtime sight of Hvar’s wild flowers for many years now. I’ve taken lots of photos, diligently looked up their names and created flower guides (Spring, Summer, Winter) to keep track of what we’ve learned. But until recently, I’d never seen any wild orchids on our wanderings. They are quite seasonal, so…

Almond blossom

It’s almond blossom time on Hvar!

The almond is the first tree in bloom hereabouts, and gives a very cheery signal that the year has turned, and we’re heading into Spring! A native of the eastern Mediterranean, Prunus Amygdala can be found all around southern Europe, and anywhere else with a similarly mild climate. On Hvar, we probably have the ancient…

Calm morning

A cold and frosty morning in Vrboska

Hvar in February is beautiful, appearing in a completely different light from the heat of summer. This morning, for instance, I was drawn to take my camera for a walk by the most perfect atmospheric sunrise. Somewhat unusually, we were enveloped in dense fog, with very little of the wider landscape showing, meanwhile the sun…

Dubovica cove

Dubovica cove – a beach picnic in January

Dubovica cove is popular in summer, you can tell by the number of cars parked by the roadside above it. In contrast, yesterday ours was the only car to be seen as we set off down the trail to the beach. The sign points to Dubovica and Sv Nedelja, which is several kilometers further along the coast, and the path is clearly marked by our local hiking society, the Hvarska Planinarska Društvo. For the moment, though, we were just taking advantage of a glorious winter’s day, and had brought a picnic to enjoy on the beach.

Top of Učka

Exploring Istria: on top of Mt Učka

Where better to start a visit to Istria than standing on its highest peak, from where you can pretty much see all of the peninsula laid out before you. On a clear day, all the way to the Italian coast!  The coastal range of Učka (1396 m = 4580 ft) is the stunning backdrop for…