Blossoming of Tajinastes

July 14, 2020

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July  2020 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Kike Navarro Izquierdo 
Summary Author: Kike Navarro Izquierdo

Shown above are the breathtaking blossoms of Tajinastes (Echium wildpretii), observed at night on La Palma island, in the Canary Islands (Spain). The colorful flowers of this unusual plant blossom but for a short period in the subalpine zone, at elevations between about 4,200 ft and 6,500 ft (1,280 m and 1,981 m). Once it flowers, only during late May and early June, it dies. Photos taken on May 20, 2020.

Photo Details: Camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II; Software Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows); Exposure Time 25.000s; Aperture ƒ/2.8; ISO equivalent 6400; Focal Length 15.0mm; Lens Irix 15mm. Bottom - same except: Exposure Time 30 min; Aperture ƒ/5.6; ISO equivalent 400; illuminated with flash; circumpolar image because of the long exposure.