We found two enormous flowered fritillaries on the mountain: this one seemed to favor woodland,
|Primula meyeri (purple) Primula ruprechtii (yellow)|
|Primula x amoena (hybrid between the previous two)|
|Primula and Oxalis in the woods|
|Adoxa moschatellina and mystery Corydalis sp.|
Lunch as usual was lavish and delicious, consisting in part of these huge plates of Khinkali, or Georgian dumplings. Manana on the right, and our driver Temuri knew all the best places to eat, for which we'll be forever grateful (not to mention where the greatest displays of plants were as well!)
Bill is the perfect pairing with Khinkali--in this case a beer named for the nearby mountain--third highest in the Caucasus range.
And a glimpse of the mountain itself from Stepantsminda, the last Georgian town before decending the Dariali gorge to Russia.
What a day! What a three weeks! Perhaps one day I shall have a chance to return again and see these heights in their summer bloom? If not, I feel blessed that I can have seen them in their early spring glory.