Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Orchid Walk From Chaumussay


Our friend David is in charge of organising a regular Monday five kilometre walk for a group of us. He asked me to lead one so we could look the orchids at Chaumussay on 15 June. It was a bit late in the season, but of course, we've lost a lot of social walking time. The weather wasn't great, but we avoided getting drenched and finished with a picnic in the excellent sheltered tables at Chaumussay (now with new wheelchair access for two new tables). Here is a selection of photos from the outing.

Charolais beef cows, ready to defend their quite new calves from us.
Cows and calves.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Old farm cottage.
Old farm cottage.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Sulphur Clover Trifolium ochroleucon (Fr. Trèfle jaunâtre), a plant that is becoming rare because of the loss of flower rich meadow pasture on chalky clay.
Sulphur Clover Trifolium ochroleucon.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 View down the Claise Valley to Chaumussay.
View up the Claise Valley to Chaumussay.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Walking through Chaumussay.
Walking through Chaumussay.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Red Helleborine Cephalanthera rubra (Fr. Céphalanthère rouge).
Red Helleborine Cephalanthera rubra.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea (Fr. Gymnadénie moucheron).
Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Marbled White Melanargia galathea (Fr. le Demi-deuil).
Marbled White Melanargia galathea.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera (Fr. Ophrys abeille).
Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This male Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia (Fr. le Petit Mars Changeant) joined us for our picnic.
Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

1 comment:

chm said...

Lovely pictures.

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