Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Flora and Fauna at Dilek Peninsula National Park

The Dilek Peninsula on the Aegean Coast of Turkey covers 28,000 hectares of beaches, mountains and valleys with a wide variety of flora and fauna to be seen any time of year.

Figs are one of the many fruiting crops grown in this part of Turkey, but you will also see many trees growing wild.  The leaves make interesting photos because of their size and shape.


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The pink and yellow of the rock rose always make a lovely display.  My husband says that he thinks this flower needs an iron.


I don't tend to see so many of the white rock roses, so it is nice to see some here.

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I don't know what this tree is, but it makes a stunning display against the blue sea and sky.

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When we first started to visit the park around 7 years ago, you used to see the odd Wild Boar if you were lucky as they were very timid.  Not any more, now you will normally see at least two or three on your visit and maybe some babies.  Just don't leave your lunch unattended otherwise you will not get to eat it!

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A large area of flooded ground running parallel to one of the beaches was teaming with tadpoles.  

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It was nice to be able to see the various stages of their growth.


Some more babies in the making?

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These are some lovely, delicate sprays of pink flowers growing on a weeping type bush, which viewed from a distance almost looks grass like.

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I was quite surprised to see this cat lurking about in the undergrowth.


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You will see the White Asphodel growing everywhere around here this time of year sticking there heads up above everything else around them, they grow around 2 to 3 feet tall.


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And we just had to finish with another Wild Boar, having a paddle in a large puddle.

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