Image captured outside Springbok in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa

Namaqualand! 100% big sky country. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the small town of Pofadder in the east, north from the great Orange River and south beyond Garies, Namaqualand is indeed a vast and varied region.

During the arid summer months it is difficult for the tourist to imagine the phenomenon of the yearly wild flower appearance.

After the winter rainfall, Namaqualand dons her coat of many colours and for a brief moment, the wildflowers invade the countryside. Countless poems, novels, paintings and prose have been dedicated to this annual shower of God’s colour.



namaqualand, northern cape province, south africa, arid summer months, annual wild flower appearance, after winter rainfall


  • GrahamCSmith
    GrahamCSmithabout 2 years ago

    Lovely flowers. Great colours. Good picture.

  • Thank you so much, GrahamCSmith for your visit and your comment. I do appreciate! Many thanks!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    2012/04/17 2 Images per day

  • Thank you Magaret, I appreciate your acceptance of my work!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations your brilliant work was featured in the Mozambique group please participate and comment on our Feature Page and our current Monthly Avatar Voucger Challenge, please read the challenge description, thank you and WELL DONE!

  • Thank you Magaret! I always appreciate you wonderful comments. Thanks so much!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS… beautifully caputed excellent work.

  • Thank you so much, AndreaEL, I do appreciate the feature and your comment!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Emma  Gilette
    Emma Giletteabout 2 years ago

    This is so beautiful! I’m so jealous! This was the scene I wanted to photograph when I went to South Africa, but unfortunately we ran out of time and never got to see the Northern Cape. Now I wanna go back!

  • Emma Gilette, thank you for your comment! This is a scene worth while to visit South Africa for. Just find out before the time whether weather conditions play their part to prepare a feast for you.

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Ron53
    Ron53about 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Irene

  • Ron53, thank you for you visit and your most welcome and positive comment. I do appreciate!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonabout 2 years ago


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    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

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  • Thank you so much, Magaret. I really do appreciate!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Karen01
    Karen01about 2 years ago

    Hi Irene.. what a gorgeous shot!!! I remember stopping along one of the roads we were on and the scent of those flowers was utterly magical… I STILL think back to it and wish I could have captured it. You have, in colour!!! :)

  • Thanks Karen01. Yes, being among those flowers makes every moment a magic moment! Thank you for your visit and comment!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Bev Pascoe
    Bev Pascoeabout 2 years ago

    Oh memories! I was travelling with friends from Durban….we drove across the top of Sth Africa and were told that we were too late for the flowers. Just as we got to the west coast there was a sprinkling of rain which started the flowers off again and we saw flowers just like this, all the way down the west coast….it was so wonderful. Dare I saw that we were almost ‘flowered’ out as the other two people were not photographers!

  • Hi Bev, thank you for your visit and comment. I do appreciate! I am so glad that you eventually still saw some flowers down the west coast. This is a lifetime experience to see the desert in full bloom.

    – Irene van Vuuren

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