Trip to Oslava river valley

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

Flowers and flying bugs

The original plan was to make some Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) photos. But chasing hairy bugs was a bit more fun, some results are bellow. It took a while to get couple good pictures.


Hairy bug refuelling at the Grape Hyacinth


Another one from the side, not sure what it is. But they are slow and that is good!



Flowering Primula farinosa

Spring in the forest

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.

flowering hepatica nobilis

Typical flowering Hepatica nobilis coming out of the old leaves.

flowering snowdrops in the forest
Group of common Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the first flowers of the early spring in the karst.

entrance to the cave

View from the Sveduv stul cave into the forest, this cave used to be home of the early humans.