In Asfendou, before you go down to the gorge footpath there are two main areas where you can find orchids and other flowers, although the clover and grass is a bit high this year, so you have to look carefully at first. The butterfly orchids were just starting to come out, but soon those fields will be full of their beautiful pink blossoms.
There are still many Orchis tridentata (or lactea – I’m never sure which) in bloom, some small pale Serapias with their tongues hanging out, and lots of Orchis sitiaca in various shades of purple.
Of the non-orchid flowers out at the moment, there are tassle hyacinths, white star-shaped Ornithogalum dictaeum, and small bell-shaped Gagea greaca.
On the road down from Asfendou to Imbros (beware rocks in the road), we spotted a flock of red-tinted sheep seeking the shade of a tree. It was surprising how hazy the Lefka Ori appeared from up there, and we wondered if this was caused by Sahara dust high up in the air, since the sky was clearer lower down.
Back down in Sfakia, we were relieved that there was a nice breeze, as opposed to the windless heat higher up. After a refreshing swim, we watched the grey herons land on the three rocks out to sea as we enjoyed our aperitifs at the Faros café.