Deserts are dry, dusty, and unbearably hot. Not to mention the only greenery you are likely to find is in the form of cacti. That is unless something special occurs and the desert gets pelted with rain.
The non-polar driest desert in the whole world is Chile’s Atacama Desert. This usually barren landscape is currently transformed into a flurry of magnificent color all thanks to some heavy rainfall. The same weather patterns that are fueling Hurricane Patricia have also showered the Atacama Desert with rare rainstorms
On any average day this desert looks like a wasteland of dirt, but hidden beneath the surface Mother Nature has a surprise… beautiful flowers just waiting to bud. As the long-awaited rain began to fall the flowers were more than happy to take advantage. They have since bloomed, covering the desert in endless fields of striking color
The Atacama Desert most commonly experiences rain during October and November when it is spring in the Southern Hemisphere. So while desert blooms are not unheard of, this is one of the most spectacular seen to date.
The flowers are literally hibernating beneath the dry desert surface. When it rains they happily race up to the surface to soak it all up, growing into beautiful fields of flowers in one of the most unexpected places on Earth.