Barren mountains stand at the edge of the Biedouw Valley, where a mass blooming of wild spring flowers occurs each year. Some of the flower land has been lost to cultivation, but farmers try to keep their livestock away from the flowers during the season.
Every spring vast swathes of land in the western parts of South Africa are transformed in a riot of colourful wildflowers. The explosion of colour over the otherwise dust-coloured landscape is one of the country's greatest natural displays. Superblooms, as they are known, occur in many deserts and arid landscapes around the world, but few are as consistent or diverse as South Africa's flower season.
The show lasts just a few short weeks, usually between late July and late September. With the first hot wind coming in off the Karoo desert to the east every one of these flowers in the Biedouw Valley will desiccate and die, their seeds lying dormant through the baking heat of summer until next year's rains.