zaterdag 25 juni 2016

Méditerranean France

At the end of May, when our own garden is a beautiful sight, it's also a perfect time to stroll around in the nature reserves of Southern France. We visited the Luberon, the Camargue and the Narbonnaise en Méditerranée. All three worthwhile: blooming flowers in abundance, saltlakes and -mountains, thousands of flamingos and bee-eaters taking care of their off-spring.
Apart from all this beauty we were gladly surprised to discover species we had never seen before (Coccajus and European Roller) and southern variations of butterflies and dragonflies.

And by the end of the day there's always a nice restaurant, a tasty dish and a good glass of wine (or sangria in my case :-) in a friendly village.
The French countryside, a hospitable and Romanesque holiday destination!

Flamingo in the Camargue

Poppies in full bloom

Bush Cricket

Dried earth structure

Cactus (Opuntia) in bloom

Emerald Lizard

European Roller

Ascalaphus Coccajus!

The Narbonnaise Méditerranée

Xylocopa violacea

Salt mountains near Cruisson

Composite flowers

Western Clubtail with prey