That small window where the hillsides turn white with narcissus (often referred to in English as a white daffodil) is now upon us. The name of this flower comes from the narcissistic youth of Greek mythology, Narkissos. This poisonous plant can be used to make medicine for whooping cough, colds, and asthma. It is also sometimes used in medications to treat wounds, burns, and joint pain.
These photographs were taken on 17 May 2015 at Les Pleiades in the communes of Blonay and St-Légier near Vevey and Montreux, Switzerland.
There is a walk of around one and a half hours, which starts in the Motalles parking area near Les Pleiades which takes you in a loop past fields of these flowers. It has a few energetic climbs so you need to be reasonably fit to complete the circuit. Click here for a map showing the route. The blue P symbol on this map is the Motalles car park. It can be reached by driving up from the village of Blonay, a journey of about 15 minutes from the village.
Another option is to catch the rack and pinion train from Blonay to Les Pleiades. From the final stop you can join the circuit shown in the map above and return by train. You will find train information here.
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