Now here’s a weird coincidence… I like to check that the names of my photographs are as accurate as possible. Call me pedantic if you like, or even a perfectionist, but it really frustrates me when I cannot find the exact species of plant or butterfly. So my photos are littered with the words ‘possibly’, ‘maybe’ and ‘I think’. Today I was searching the web for an image of a “Tansy leaved rocket” to check the name of the yellow flower below (which, if correct, is quite rare), but what should I come across but my own image from this same walk 2 years ago! However, it looks nothing like this one, so one of them is wrong, maybe even both are wrong. 🤔 Ah well, they are both beautiful plants and it was a nice walk.
I also ‘think’ that the butterfly in picture 19 bears all the hallmarks of a Euphydryas intermedia, or Asian Fritillary, which again, if true, is quite rare and in Switzerland, it only appears in a few southern valleys. But then, of course, it could be something completely different!
Another, happier coincidence, was when I was walking by the pond at La Gouille… On my previous ‘Exhibition walk’, I had to step aside on a narrow part of the path for a crocodile, or should that be a snake, of maybe 40 children and a few grown ups. After several “Bonjours”, (people are always polite and friendly in the mountains), I threw in a “Hello”, just to see what the reaction might be and one young chap replied “Hello, my name’s Charlie!”, then another said “We’re from Belgium!” Anyway, further along the path I spotted 2 wooden discs or tags, which had obviously been dropped by someone in the group. I decided to take them to the local Tourist Office in the hope/expectation that they might know where this merry band were staying and get in touch with them. Anyway, who should be at La Gouille but 40 odd children… After a brief chat with one of the leaders, they were indeed the same group. He was so grateful for the news of the find, that he announced this to the assembled masses and yours truly was greeted to a big round of applause! (I have no idea what he said to them of course, but my actions were clearly appreciated). 😊