Friday, March 22, 2013

AND THE DESERT SHALL BLOOM



The usual color range (which is very beautiful in itself and not dull at all) in the hills, plains and wadis of the Negev desert, of the rocks, stones, sand, dry earth, and of the antic dwellings and ruins as well, is of all the shades of beige, ocher, brown, rust, bisque, grey, sienna - broken with an occasional dark green tamarisk tree, an acacia, or a pistacia tree in the higher regions, and various kinds of low shrubs and other arid area trees. There is the blue of the sky, the white of the clouds, the hot yellow light of the sun, and the dark cold black of the night. Plant life of pink, purple, red, yellow, blue, white and all the hues in between are not the usual colors of the desert.


BUT if we are blessed with plenty of rain during the winter season, like we have been this year, the desert is blooming. It is amazing and sometimes unbelievable what sleeps in the ground of the dry, stony and sandy earth and awakes even after years of drought and no rain at all.








All the colors suddenly appear! Forms and textures dance with the colors and create little paradise gardens.










Doesn't this one look like a little yellow bird?








All photographs by Uri Eshkar. Zoom in to enjoy the details.


6 comments:

Hilde said...

It is amazing to see all those lovely and colourful flowers growing in such a dry and sandy earth, they they make the desert come alive. Wonderful photos!

Enjoy your weekend, Yael :)

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Sacramento Amate said...

Amazing how nature finds a way to bloom in the desert, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Thank you for sharing, dear Yael.
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Irmi said...

Liebe Yael,
ich bin überrascht über die Farbenpracht und Vielfalt.
Es muss ein Erlebnis sein, die
Wüste blühen zu sehen.
Einen wunderschönen Samstag wünscht
Irmi

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Ton blog est un vrai voyage à lui tout seul. Je trouve cette série de photos, surprenante, artistique et très intéressante.
Passe une belle journée.
Amicalement

Roger

Mary Stanley said...

Love seeing all the wonderful colors of your desert plants. Now I want to go take photos of our spring flowers on my daily walk. xoxo

Thanks for all the lovely adventures on your blog!