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 subalpine 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.