Dragon Trees of La Palma Island and Full Moon of March 19, 2019

April 19, 2019


Photographer: Miguel Angel Perez Calero
Summary Author: Miguel Angel Perez Calero 

These dragos (Dracaena draco) are the oldest trees in the Canary Islands (Spain). Many specimens are over 200 years old. Individual branches grow for 10-15 years and will then re-branch, which give the trees their characteristic umbrella-like appearance. They’re shown here before a rising, full Moon that’s peering through the mountain peaks on La Palma Island. Canarian aborigines worshiped the Moon and also considered the dragon trees to be sacred. Photo taken on March 19, 2019.

Photo Details: Nikon D750 camera; Irix 15 mm lens; 3-minute exposure; f2.5; ISO 1600; manual mode.