Darom Adom Southern Anemone festival in southern Israel – Watching the Desert Bloom
Friends of ours invited us to join them on a trip to the Negev to see Israeli’s national flower, the anemone bloom. The flowers bloom only for a few short weeks after the rainy season, before disappearing until the next year. After over a month cooped up in Jerusalem, we were happy to get out of the city (and so were the kids).
We took the long road to get to Shokeda, the region in the nortnern Negev where the flowers grow. After a few mishaps, we finally found a place to park and let the kids run wild.
We actually hadn’t found the anemones yet, just crowded outdoor area, where cyclists were meeting (there was a bike shop) and getting ready to ride off-road and through the fields of flowers. Behind the market area, there were some beautiful wide open fields were kids were running around and families were picnicking. Grace and Jasmine needed to get out and stretch their legs before continuing to search for the beautiful red flowers, so we unloaded the cars and let everyone out to explore.
Between the fields, there was a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.
Once the kids were a little tired, we returned to the market area to find food. Seats at tables were in short supply, but we found a large wooden table in the shade, and took it over.
Some of us sat while eating, and some of us chose to dance on the table instead. One-year-olds are wonderful.
Finally, after everyone had eaten and the kids were settled, we were ready to head off, still in search of the anemones. We eventually found a field full of them, and full of picnickers and fellow travelers like ourselves.
We let the kids lose again, and had a lovely time chasing them around. There were tons of other families out, similarly chasing their kids around. And the flowers were breathtaking.
Grace also ate several flowers. Apparently, they were delicious.