Omalos road wreckage
This is the sight that met us when I took two guests from USA into the mountains around the Omalos Plateau in June of this year in search of the rare, endangered and endemic lizard orchid Himantoglossum samariense.
This is one of only two recently recorded sites where this beautiful orchid could be found on Crete. Obviously, there will be no more orchids of any description here.
It seems that the road up to the plateau is being 'improved' and widened to accommodate more traffic, i.e. coaches.
There are already signs of new building at the head of the Samaria Gorge and we can only speculate on the amount of devastation that will be caused.