The trip to the Oslava river valley was full of blooming shrubs and trees and early spring flowers. We walked about 20 km, saw many nice sceneries, part of the Oslava valley is in the lovely canyon between the steep cliffs. Selection of few nice photos is bellow.
Blooming blackthorns were everywhere along the fields and roads
Cherry tree in bloom near the Čučice village
Flowering yellow Fig Buttercups (Ficaria verna) along the Oslava river
The old water mill and Oslava river from the cliffs above the valley
Finally, the spring arrived also to the wilderness of the Moravian Karst. Snowdrops are everywhere and first Hepaticas are also coming out. The next two weeks will be full of flowering Hepaticas, Anemones, Pullmonarias and some less common forest plants. This is my favourite part of the year when the forest floor is fully covered by flowers for a short period.
Typical flowering Hepatica nobilis coming out of the old leaves.
Group of common Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the first flowers of the early spring in the karst.
View from the Sveduv stul cave into the forest, this cave used to be home of the early humans.
Finally, we managed to do some hiking again. The weekend trip was a 13 km walk from Řikonín to Tišnov. The snow was almost gone, unfortunately there was still lot of mud everywhere and the trail was marked very badly. The sky was hazy and the weather was very bad for landscape photos, despite nice views from some places.
Several places in the forests were damaged by the recent wind storms.
We met also some sheep on the farm along the way.
It was too late and too dark to photograph Porta Coeali monastery properly. But at least this classic photo of the famous church gate was a must.