Tajinaste Rojo

December 22, 2017

Mamamtus tajinaste teide 8 mayo-1 (1)

Photographer: Roberto Porto 
Summary Authors: Roberto Porto; Jim Foster

December 2017 Viewer's ChoiceShown above is a Tajinaste rojo (Echium wildpretii) or tower of jewels plant, an endemic plant that grows in Teide National Park (Canary Islands), Spain, specifically in ravines of the sub-alpine zone on Mount Teide (12,198 ft or 3,718 m). Looking like a natural Christmas tree, approaching 10 ft (3 m) in height at maturity, this eye-catching, herbaceous plant is covered with little red flowers when it blooms in late spring. Here, its cheerful colors are juxtaposed with a grim and turbulent sky, as observed near sunset on May 8, 2017.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D5300; 6.10 (Macintosh); Exposure Time: 0.0050s (1/200); Aperture: ƒ/8.0; ISO equivalent: 100; Focal Length (35mm): 22; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.