WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Francisco Mingorance, Spain

Flowers of the volcano

Life among the sharp volcanic rocks of Tenerife's Teide National Park is tough. 'The Canary Islands' climatic isolation, together with 40 million years of physical isolation, has led to the evolution of unique species,' says Francisco. 'Volcanoes create a world in which everything is exceptional, virgin and wild.' The rare red bugloss is considered a floral treasure, symbolic of the exclusive wildlife of this mini-continent. Francisco spent many days looking for the right grouping of plants, finally discovering this tight clump of flowering spikes on the Ucanca plain. The Mount Teide volcano provided the perfect backdrop, and Francisco positioned his tripod so that the North Star would appear just above the crater.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 14-24mm f2.8 lens; 637 sec at f5; ISO 200.

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain: latitude 28.25, longitude -16.5833 Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain: latitude 28.25, longitude -16.5833

Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain

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Francisco Mingorance, Spain

Francisco has worked as a photojournalist for more than 30 years, and has published over 100 articles on nature in titles such as National Geographic, International Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Geo. His images have been used to illustrate more than 20 books, and he has won over 200 international photography awards.

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