Just Now In Crete: March

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Clio
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Just Now In Crete: March

Postby Clio » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:16 pm

This strange non-winter continues to confound expectations of how winters should be. With “mild” and “warm” the norm since before Christmas - the log pile hardly touched, the heavy woollies unworn - everything is rushing too early into spring. The fruit trees are all in blossom, and everyone is apprehensively aware that one late hail storm could destroy a crop. Today I passed a Judas Tree in gorgeous full flower; that reminded me that last year I photographed a similar one in bloom at Easter– a whole six weeks later.

http://s766.photobucket.com/albums/xx30 ... G_5290.jpg

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Postby Carolina » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:55 pm

Beautiful photo Clio. Yes it's worrying about the crops; the olive trees are all in very early full blossom too.

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Postby paulh » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:40 pm

Just now in Crete whilst out walking the dogs saw two (not together) Hoope.
That makes five of these I have seen in 8 years. One was in a field, usually kept cropped by sheep but no sheep there now and it was in the new growing grass. Second was on the crossbar of goalposts in a children's summertime holiday camp in the middle of Akrotiri

http://www.pbase.com/marcwildpassion/image/93318812

not my photograph

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Just Now in Crete

Postby karpathoskate » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:26 pm

Saw one in our garden yesterday, we weren't sure what it was so it was lovely to see the photo on the website today.

Jean
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Postby Jean » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:36 pm

Did you know that hoopoes are about the only predator of the pine processionary caterpillar? So very useful bird, we need more of them!

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Postby Kilkis » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:38 pm

Cars make a pretty efficient predator when they process across roads?

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Postby Jean » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:09 am

Yes but with cars it is harder to get them when they are up the trees.

Kilkis
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Postby Kilkis » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:28 pm

You haven't seen how I drive, Jean.

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Postby Phaedra » Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:24 pm

Kilkis wrote:You haven't seen how I drive, Jean.

Warwick



I was just about to say that!

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Postby Jean » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:49 pm

Warwick obviously has a reputation that I know nothing about.
If you want go to Anopolis / Aradena, there are plenty of trees with processionary caterpillars and nobody will mind how you drive (except the caterpillars I guess).

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Postby scooby » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:28 pm

i can vouch that Warwick is a good driver. I won,t elaborate any further...............

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Postby Kilkis » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:50 pm

Sadly I have to take the "hit" on that comment. I can, however, vouch that Scooby's wife knows the difference between a comma and an apostrophe. Perhaps he's having "finger trouble"?

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Postby scooby » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:03 pm

Sorry i thought apostrophe was a Greek god!


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