For quite sometime, I go for a stroll with Bella. After Bella the dog made some mess (she killed two chickens in the village, disappeared for a few days and returned limping, we tried in vain to sedate and to bring her to a veterinary clinic) we contacted a dog trainer who is helping us to better understand her behaviours and finally try and domesticate her.
Following the trainer’s advice, at the moment we have to go for a walk together everyday, creating more intimacy. So, every afternoon, when the dog sees me going out of the door and heading for the small road climbing up the mount Pelpi, she immediately arrives and seems to be very happy. We walk along country fences and hedges, cross meadows and follow lonely paths through the woods and trails made by the wild boars, discovering nice views of the valley and meeting often roe deer but no human beings.
Two days ago we arrived (I can’t say if Bella was following me or I was following her) in a large meadow, heavily dug by the wild boars and … a lot of blooming purple and white wild orchids appeared!
What a marvel! They should be elder-flowered orchids (dactylorhiza sambucina) and early purple orchids (orchis mascula).
Strolling with Bella is definitely a discovering wild flowers lesson: I have seen some big wild columbines growing here and there and I’m curious about an unknown plant growing in shady places, near fountains (very roughly, it looks like a tender tulip) and I’m waiting for its blooming.
1) the meadow where the orcids are blooming
2) a white Elder-flowered Orchid
3) a purple Elder-flowered Orchid
4) my friend Bella
5) a temporary creek near a wood
anacamptis morio Blooming
early purple orchid (orchis mascula) Blooming