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Rain Forest

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 26 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Many of the levadas on Madeira run through tunnels dynamited out of the mountainside to get them from north to south. On one walk we started contouring round a hillside that could almost have been Wales. After a while we rounded a bend and entered a tunnel running straight north for a kilometre. It contained the levada and also a steel pipe carrying water for hydro-electric power and took us thirteen minutes to traverse by the light of our flickering torches. We burst out into another world. A rain forest of laurels and giant bilberry shrouded in mist. An almost unspoilt valley of indigenous plant life.

NIKON D70s 1/80 second F/8.0 40 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D70s
1/80 second
F/8.0
40 mm (35mm equiv.)

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