As the days grow shorter and Summer rapidly is fading into Autumn here in North America, it is the beginning of Spring south of the equator in Chile.
A friend of our Joseph sent these pics — of wildflowers in Chile’s Atacama high desert.
In the words of Joseph, “These flowers exist at the mercy of the driest place on planet Earth, which was used by NASA for Mars and Luna simulations. Their seasons are opposite ours, so as we enter Autumn, they are starting Spring.”
The Atacama Desert is a plateau covering a 600-mile strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the Andes mountains. The Atacama desert is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world.
The average rainfall in the Chilean region of Antofagasta is just 0.04 inch per year. Some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. Evidence suggests that the Atacama may not have had any significant rainfall from 1570 to 1971. It is so arid that mountains that reach as high as 22,589 ft are completely free of glaciers.