Trekking through the Laurisilva forest on the island La Gomera…
Tree heathers - Erica arborea
On our resent cruse we spent one day on La Gomera, another quiet and tranquil Island in the Canary’s. Like many of the islands it is arid on the southern side and more temperate in the north, though the big attraction for us on this a particular day was visiting a unique eco-system – the Laurisilva forest in the protected centre of the island which is thought to be the remnant of subtropical woods which covered the Mediterranean area during the Tertiary period.
This evergreen misty forest, with its unique atmosphere is in the heart of La Gomera, around the highest mountain, Garajonay (1487m) and has more than half of the entire Laurisilva population of all Canary Islands.
Laurisilva forest (Laurel forests)
Matt Biggs and one of our group vanishing into the mist…
Matt Biggs orating with great passion to our group about the importance of protecting the Laurisilva forest as much of it was burnt to the ground last year…
Laurisilva forest high up in the mountains of La Gomera
As the forest is up in the clouds it is constantly drizzling promoting lush moss growth on the tree…
Coming down to lower elevations on La Gomera
I couldn’t resist talking a photograph with the sun in the centre in such idyllic surroundings!
And once more!
And finally - here is some almond blossom at the end of our trek!
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