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By: Michael David Jones(Author)
256 pages, 1 colour map
A naturalist’s account of an eight-day walk across the massif of Tymphi in Zagori, a remote mountainous enclave in north-western Greece. Bounded by the great forested defiles of the Vikos and the Aoos, the region has a wonderfully rich and diverse flora and remains the realm of the bear, lynx and wolf. Based on numerous visits during twenty years, the author’s intimate knowledge of the mountains and their flowers and wildlife is woven into a history from pre-glacial times, encompassing the lives of Palaeolithic hunters of 13,000 years ago, the third millennium activities of the Molossian Greeks, and the subsequent pastoral influences of the nomadic Sarakatsani and transhumant Arumani people. The account is truly an evocation of the genius of place, as told by a ‘man of the mountains’.
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After a decade working as a museum-geologist and university tutor Michael David Jones spent twenty-five years organising and leading natural history expeditions, introducing others to the floristic and wildlife wonders of some of the world's wild places of which the 'lost' mountains of North-west Greece is but one of many. From the arctic to the Sahara and the Cantabrians to the Himalayas, those explorations nurtured a personal affinity with the natural environment seeded during formative years in the English countryside and mountains of Wales. Childhood quests for Emperor moths and Merlin on the Stiperstones and Long Mynd, and for the saxifrages of Snowdonia were the prelude to searches for Musk Oxen and Snowy Owl in the tundra, Houbara and Bibron's Agama in the Sahara and rare rhododendrons and primulas in the Garhwal Himalaya. The author now divides his time between Wales, the east Aegean islands, and Lycian Turkey, the subject of further writings.
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