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Trekking through the Laurisilva forest on the island La Gomera…

Posted on | February 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

Tree heathers - Erica arborea

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)

Laurisilva forest (Laurel forests)

Sonchus hierrensis

Sonchus hierrensis

 Matt Biggs and one of our group vanishing into the mist…

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 burn to the ground last year…

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

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…

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

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!

I couldn’t resist talking a photograph with the sun in the centre in such idyllic surroundings!

And once more!

And once more!

And finally - here is some almond blossom at the end of our trek!

And finally - here is some almond blossom at the end of our trek!

Comments

3 Responses to “Trekking through the Laurisilva forest on the island La Gomera…”

  1. Denise
    February 19th, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    Wonderful photos. I’m especially glad you grabbed that photo of the sonchus. Now I’m wondering if mine is hierrensis instead of canariensis.

  2. Jean Truffaut
    March 8th, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    Amazing photos, your blog title mentions a subtropical garden in a temperate climate, wondering where I could find out more about how to do this, thanks

  3. Will
    June 25th, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Jean Truffaut – My last book was the Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates available in most book shops or through Amazon…

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