’Paddling in a wavy maze of flowers.’
When you paddle down the Loire, soon after Orléans you will be in for a surprise. What looked like banks of white gravel in the distance, happen to be tapestries of flowering River Water-crowfoot (Ranunculus fluitans; NL: Vlottende waterranonkel), seen here at Beaugency. Rooted in the riverbed, the plants produce strands of up to 6 meters in length, stretched out in the current and waving. Let the flow enter you into these floating gardens, flowering from june till august. Watch the bees come and go to the white flowers with their yellow hearts. But mind you, you can get stuck! Photo Mick Palarczyk & Paul Smit.