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Iñaki Relanzon - La Palma, The Canary Islands, Spain

April 1st, 2009 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized

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A true rainforest in southern Europe?

I’m on my second mission to the Canary Islands. Each island is completely different to the others. It is like I’m in seven different locations: volcanoes, rainforests, wild coasts… And just now, I’m starting out in La Palma…. a real secret and one of the most unknown of the seven Canary Islands. Let’s discover it with my camera. Come with me!

La Isla Bonita (The beautiful island) is the family name of La Palma, one of the seven islands of the Canarian archipelago. And it’s true - it is a really beautiful island.
It is also the steepest island in the world. In fact, from the sea level to the top of the island, you’ll reach the summit, almost 2.500 metres, in less than 10 km. The summit is the “Roque de los Muchachos”. And it is in the northern part of the “Caldera de Taburiente National Park”, a huge crater from an extinct volcano in the central part of La Palma.
One of my priorities here is to get some pictures of the sea of clouds. But of course it is not easy… because the weather is constantly changing up there. Two days have passed waiting, with a poor view and very foggy weather. Most of the time the visibility was not more than 10 metres. But finally, and just before sunset, the fog disappeared and I got my picture from the summit towards the Caldera, with a low sea of clouds.

“Caldera de Taburiente” is not the only protected area of this beautiful island. Among others, the Tilos Natural Park, a Laurisilva forest, is a tropical and wet place. Green is all over there. The Laurisilva forests also exist on the other seven Canary Islands. But the Tilos is really a must to photograph in La Palma, because it offers a beautiful view with an incredible perspective. If I close my eyes there, I can easily travel with my mind to other rainforest places like Central America or Africa. Never before would I have imagined landscapes like these in Europe.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Iñaki Relanzon - La Palma, The Canary Islands, Spain”

  2. By Gergo Dioszegi on Apr 3, 2009

    It seems to be a different world! I go with you and am keen on seeing through your lenses!
    Keep up the good work!

  3. By Diego L. Sanchez on Apr 4, 2009

    You are right Iñaki, we have such a diversity of ecosystems and living species in just one archipelago that is quite complicated to cover them all unless you have plenty of time. However, your work is looking just great, and your point of view very interesting. Congratulations!
    I’ll be waiting here for you on your next trip. Good luck with the weather!
    Diego L. Sanchez

  4. By Staffan Widstrand on Apr 5, 2009

    Thanks Iñaki for sharing the unseen and unexpected nature of the Canarias with us.
    Most people only know about the beaches, the hotel areas and the nightclubs. But the Canary Islands are pretty wild!


    Staffan Widstrand

  5. By Red Factor Canary on Jul 27, 2010

    Are these pictures for real? if they are then they are amazing! The first and 3rd one look photo-shopped. That’s how great they look. Wow! Where can I find more pictures of birds? Preferably canaries.

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