Spring time in the Hérault is all about an awakening, both naturally and humanly. It is a magical time to be out in the fresh air and countryside (especially on a push bike where you have the time to absorb all there is to see around you).
Ok summer may already be 2 weeks old, so yes this is a little late, but the blog has been patiently parked until I had a moment to finish (and a veritable mountain of photo’s to try and edit).
The springtime landscape comes alive with renewal with a vigour that still surprises and amazes someone who has lived in sub tropical Australia until recently. The transformation is rapid and literally weekly the landscape is visibly significantly different from its winter hibernation to springtime growth. The wild flowers are particularly amazing and are the first sign of the new season. Everywhere you go the road sides and fields are bursting into vibrant colour. White daisy’s give way to yellow dandelions and poignantly for Australians and New Zealanders, bright red poppies start to come alive and cover the fields and road sides. Elsewhere, clusters of purple Iris’s line the road side and tiny pink flowers of the fragrant native thyme are spreading. Spikes of pink and white of the fragile orchards reach for the sky.
Originally this blog was going to cover the changing flowers and their diversity, the vineyards and orchards and the trees. Not even touching the festivals and cultural activities that are so plentiful this time of year, there is just too much! So we have separated it all down.
For you dear reader, this one is all about the flowers. Believe me I never thought I would find myself taking so many photo’s of flowers. But strange things happen when you suffer a bike riding addiction.
So there you have it, just a small scratching of the surface of what is on offer here in Hérault in the springtime. I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for the trees!