Spring has sprung in the south west of France and in a few short weeks the landscape has been transformed. Towns and villages have begun to sprout an array of coloured umbrellas and awnings, ancient walls no longer appear grey but have become a pastel palette of peaches and pinks; markets, the life blood of France, grow in size week on week and Festival time is here again. What a difference the sun makes!

Balconies and windows framed with terracotta pots host an abundance of colour clambering over walls and shutters. In the fields nature’s own mantle has mingled the grass with splashes of red and gold, white, pink and blue. On a recent picnic with some friends six varieties of wild orchid were found in a few hundred square metres and two more a few days later. Above is a Bee Orchid.

Posted by Tom King 23rd May 09

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