Thyme is possibly the only plant here in Crete that you
can find at sea level and right on top of the highest summits.
It starts flowering in late June and the flowering will gradually
move up to higher and higher altitudes, providing pollen for
the bees well into August. They will fly all the way to the
summits of the White mountains in order to get to the last
flowers that will contribute to the making of the delicious
Cretan thyme honey.
This particular bush was located at around 1500m. The little
shells that you can see hanging on the rock in the bottom picture
are a local type of snail, not a sea creature.