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Gran Canaria Cloud Pine #1

Cloud pine tree on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

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During our week long stay in February 2019 on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands my wife Liz and I took several drives up into the volcanic highlands to look at the majestic scenery to be found there.

But what we didn't expect was just how verdant this high altitude landscape was, especially given the low rainfall in this part of the world.

Naturally, the vegegation was of the sort that could survive the harsh conditions, such as this specialist cloud pine tree, photographed by the unique Roque Nublo, which gets its water not from rainfall, but by sea mist condensing on the fine, long needles.

Just amazing, and a very welcome splash of greenery in this otherwise dry, brown landscape.

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Filename - gran canaria cloud pine 01.jpg

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 65mm

Exposure - 1/60 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.