Photo Credit: Kobi Sofer / Israel Nature and Parks Authority
The Gvar'am nature preserve is covered with a carpet of red kalaniyot (Anemone coronaria).
This is how the Gvar’am preserve looked last summer, August 14, 2020. / Kobi Sofer / Israel Nature and Parks Authority

The Gvar’am sandstone preserve is located in the Western Negev, southeast of Ashkelon, encompassing 300 acres of aeolian quartz sandstone with carbonate cement, known in local Arabic as kurkar, which is the rock type of which lithified sea sand dunes consist.

The Gvar’am nature preserve is covered with a carpet of red kalaniyot (Anemone coronaria). / Kobi Sofer / Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Last summer, the preserve, which boasted a magnificent forest, was destroyed as a result of incendiary balloons that were launched from terrorist squads in the Gaza Strip.

The Gvar’am nature preserve is covered with a carpet of red kalaniyot (Anemone coronaria). / Kobi Sofer / Israel Nature and Parks Authority
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Today, while the trees are still burnt, the desert ground was covered with a carpet of red kalaniyot (Anemone coronaria) that return here every year between Tu BiShvat and Passover.

The Gvar’am nature preserve is covered with a carpet of red kalaniyot (Anemone coronaria). / Kobi Sofer / Israel Nature and Parks Authority

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