AFRICANGLOBE – Once a year in South Africa’s outback, vast stretches of land suddenly transform into vibrantly colored fields full of exotic flowers. A spring phenomenon that blankets the usually dry region, visitors travel from across the world to view these spectacular landscapes. Whether it be the multi-colored settings in West Coast National Park or the awe-inspiring fields of Namaqualand, these flower beds are assured to take your breath away.
The rainfall in Namaqualand and the West Coast of South Africa isn’t at all consistent. In fact, the region hardly receives much rainfall throughout the year. However, during the winter months of May and July, the land receives its quota of rain. As soon as the warmth of spring arrives from August through to mid-October, the otherwise colorless landscape explodes with flowers both rare and striking.
Every year, this semi-arid region of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Province, pictured, transforms into blocks of uninterrupted color. More than 4,000 indigenous species flower in this region.
“They open during the day when there is a lot of activity and then in the evenings when it’s colder due to lack of sun and lack of warmth” says Nel.
“The chemical reaction then causes it once again to close and they remain closed overnight.”
Wild flowers adorn a field, near Springbok, in the northern Cape Province.
By: Monique Todd