Spring in Bohemia

There were masses of celandines and sweet violets in Prague and its surroundings, but also flowers that are native to the Czech Republic but rarer here or only found as garden escapes. These cowslips and lungwort were growing between the gravestones in the Jewish Cemetery in Prague.

At Sázava monastery, there was yellow star of Bethlehem, lots of firebugs, some brimstone butterflies, and a pair of kestrels nesting in the belltower.

There was more lungwort and some spotted dead-nettle (Lamium maculatum) growing around Pirkštejn castle in the oddly deserted Rataje nad Sázavou.

Coltsfoot on a sunny bank in Kutna Hora, capital of the one-time silver mining district.



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