15 photos that capture the glory of the red anemone
These bright flowers blanket the northern part of the Negev desert during the Red South festival every February.
Every February, red anemones begin to bloom across southern Israel, carpeting the ground in brilliant shades of scarlet. Also known as the poppy anemone, this species of plants is one of the most beautiful flowers in the entire Mediterranean region.
In the four-week-long Red South festival, events run all month long to celebrate this delicate bloom, which is Israel's national flower. The festival encourages people to get out into nature and, quite literally, frolic through the fields.
With family-friendly weekend events, free guided tours, outdoor sporting like mountain biking and hiking, Thursday concerts, Friday farmers markets and restaurant tastings, the Red South festival has something for all. Highlighted attractions in the area include the Salad Trail, a maze, ATV exploration and several farms – including a sheep farm and an ostrich farm.
The romantic atmosphere surrounding Valentine's Day is not lost on the locals – visitors can purchase picnic baskets filled with organic veggies and local cheeses, fresh bread with jam and honey. There's nothing quite like sitting in a field of flowers to enjoy your lunch with a loved one!
In celebration of the red anemone season, we've rounded up some of the most amazing photos highlighting the beauty of the region.
A macro photograph shows the details of water droplets on a red anemone flower. (Photo: Uzi Yachin/Flickr)
Red anemones in the Negev desert. (Photo: Uzi Yachin/Flickr)
Anemone coronaria flowers resemble poppies, lending them the nickname "poppy flower." (Photo: Ishai Parasol/Flickr)
Anemones grow in a rocky field near Jerusalem. (Photo: Yaniv Ben-Arie/Flickr)
An artistic view of anemone flowers from below. (Photo: Uzi Yachin/Flickr)
Anemones grow side-by-side with pretty yellow flowers in a meadow in southern Israel. (Photo: Yaniv Ben-Arie/Flickr/Flickr)
Anemones growing in Lahav, Israel. (Photo: Uzi Yachin/Flickr)
Red anemone flowers grow at the bottom of a bright green hillside in the Pura Nature Reserve. (Photo: chany crystal/Flickr)
An anemone flower in the gardens of Lakhish, Israel. (Photo: Uzi Yachin/Flickr)
A honeybee pollinates an anemone flower. (Photo: Yuval Shoshan/Flickr)
Red anemones blanket the ground of the Shokeda Forest in Israel. (Photo: Zachi Evenor/Flickr)
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