This week's Photohunt is orange. I could not resist using flowers for this week's theme.
Our passion is wildflowers. We love the plants and flowers of the areas of the world that are in the Mediterranean biome. The Mediterranean biome is 5 areas of the world around 30 degrees North and South in latitude. These areas are the area bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the west coast of California, the west coast of Chile, the west coast of Southern Africa and the west coast of Australia. The climate in these area follow similar patterns - mild winters, hot dry summers. In some years - late in the winter and early spring, there will be rain brought on from the storms along the equator. This rainfall will awaken the dry hillsides and produce a stunning bloom in the spring.
We have visited each of these areas. It is surprising how similar they are during the early spring. Dry desert chaparral/woodland that erupt into carpets of wildflowers. I'm also surprised at the amount of orange wildflowers blooms in these areas. For comparison, here are the spring blooms of California and South Africa.
Antelope Valley California:
Southern Africa - Namaqua National Park near Springbok