Photo of the Week – The Negev goes green

In the wake of Israel’s winter storms, the first shoots are emerging in the Negev, turning the desert green.

The photo was taken of fields in the western Negev by photographer Doron Horowitz, from Flash90.

The rains may not have been plentiful this year – aside from the devastating storm in December that left Jerusalem and many communities cut off by snow – but still the Negev Desert has begun its annual process of turning green.

The Negev covers more than half of Israel and for most of the year it’s a rocky desert with brown dusty mountains, but in the winter the northern and western areas of the Negev get rainfall of about 250-300mm.

Then the sandy brown soil sees sudden shoots of green. By spring, parts of the Negev will turn red, as thousands upon thousands of wild poppies start to bloom.

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