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La Palma – Island of the Dragon Trees

Having explored, and photographed extensively in, Tenerife, Lanzerote, Fuerteventura and La Gomera in the Canary Islands, we ventured for the first time to the island of La Palma in January 2008.

Although January is a little early for flowers, there were many attractive species on display. We spent a lot of time exploring the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, with its fine Canary Pine forest, and some areas of Laurasilva Cloud Forest on the slopes on Cumbre Vieja.  But the real surprise was the magnificent displays of Dragon Trees around the island, often in natural-looking habitats. Where we have seen Dragon Trees on Tenerife and Madeira, they were confined mostly to cliff ledges inaccessible to goats and other grazers, but the agricultural pressures seem less intense on La Palma, and the Dragon Trees are more highly celebrated and thus protected.

The images below are small sample of what we can offer. Publishers seeking photographs of the flowers, landscapes and wildlife of the Canary Islands should contact Michael here to check what he has available.

Note that this website only allows us to display extremely low resolution images; all the photographs displayed are available as high-quality digital images with a minimum size of 2GB.

All images copyright Michael Scott

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If you are visiting the Canary Islands, we highly recommend the excellent book, Wild Flowers of the Canary Islands by David and Zoe Bramwell, which is available from Amazon here.

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