Israelis love to be outdoors, and there’s no better time of year than the spring. The weather is warm and pleasant, the countryside is green and fresh, and the wild flowers are blooming.

In a country that most of the year can be a rather dull brown, the spring is the ultimate season to explore Israel’s nature reserves and parks. Enjoy the view with our pictures of Israel in bloom.

Most of Israel’s wild flowers are protected species today, and one of the big success stories of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, was its campaign some years ago to stop people picking wild flowers.

Almond blossom in Horashim Forest. Photo by Nicky Blackburn
The cyclamen burst into bloom in Horashim Forest. Photo by Nicky Blackburn
A close up of a cyclamen, or rakefet in Hebrew, in Horashim Forest. Photo by Nicky Blackburn
Anemones turn the Negev Desert red. Every year in February, the desert comes alive with a carpet of red anemones attracting thousands of visitors. Photo by Doron Horowitz/Flash90
The Iris Palaestina, which grows in the Golan, the Galilee, the Carmel and the central region of Israel. Photo by Nicky Blackburn
Blooming flower fields near Gan Yavne, in the south of Israel. Photo by Yaakov Lederman/Flash90
A cornflower blooms in a forest. Photo by Nicky Blackburn
Lupine turn a field blue in Israel. Photo by Haim Azulay/Flash90