|Pride of Madeira flower close-up, Madeira|
I had never been to Madeira before, and although warm and sub-tropical, the island has very little native habitat left. It has produced at least one showy native flower - now transplanted all over the world - known as the "Pride of Madeira." I spent some time photographing it here - only to find out that it is a weed along the California coast...
I also made a pilgrimage to the small scraps of native laurel forest, known as the Laurissilva - a World Heritage area. I only had a few hours in secondary forest, but enjoyed the antidote to the expanding ex-pat suburbs of Funchal, the main city. Here, I shot a Lobaria lichen growing on the forest floor.
More to come.
|Lobaria, Madeiran Laurissilva|