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Namakwa - a kingdom of contrasts

A map of Namakwa District in the end of the gallery.

Seemingly arid, semidesert soil of Namakwa District hides huge reservoirs mineral and floral wealth.
The magic of spring paints the desert's canvas with a brilliant palette of flowers:
for a short period in spring, the region is carpeted with some world's most impressive shows.
These usually occur from mid-August to mid-September, but can be remarkably local and susceptible to rapid wilting.
The well timed and sufficient winter rains is the key for a good germination and brilliant bloom,
but in semidesert climate it doesn't happen every year.

The land of the Nama is a nature's playground, a kingdom of contrast where beauty, rigorous adventure
and wide open spaces pool mysterious forces to create a natural wonderland for those privileged to witness it.

For maximum sharpness please view at *ORIGINAL* size (size settings below images).

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Grasshoppers on the move
Grasshoppers on the move