Think of Israel's southern Negev desert, which, along with the neighbouring Arava, covers more than half of Israel's land mass, and the chances are you will think of a parched wilderness.
While it's true the region receives barely 200mm of rain each year, the spring-time transformation of the landscape is spectacular.
Between the months of January to March, the normally barren land is taken over by fields of wildflowers, grasses and butterflies. But by April, the area has reverted to its familiar dry ochre and the spring abundance seems to have been a desert mirage.
These pictures were taken in the Negev in March, near the kibbutz of Sde Boker, where David Ben-Gurion lived and is buried.
The tepees, an incongruous sight at first glance, are part of a local tourism venture, Zayit HaMidbar (zaithamidbar.co.il/) Visitors can dwell in a genuine tepee, equipped with a heater for cold spring evenings, in the heart of the Negev's natural wonders..