Photographer's Note

Levada das 25 Fontes, Rabaçal.

Walking by the trails along the levadas is a great way to discover the laurel forest of Madeira. From Rabaçal, in the heart of Paul da Serra, the walk leading to the waterfalls of Risco and 25 Fontes (25 sources) offer sumptuous views of the typical vegetation of the islands of Macaronesia (Azores, Madeira , Canary Islands, Cape Verde).

Fog and frequent rains in this area result in lush vegetation, often covered with beard lichen, giving the laurel forest a magical appearance. Today, Madeiran laurel forest covers an area of approximately 150 km ² , located between 300 and 1300 meters of altitude. It has been protected since 1999 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO ( and since 1986 for the laurel forest of La Gomera in the Canary Islands ) . These forests are actually relics. We found the same vegetation around the Mediterranean Basin before climate dried, about 10 000 years ago , hence the title of the photo, " Travel to ancient times."

Among the species that have marked me , the thrush tree (the flowers are identical to the thrush you usually find in the woods) and giant dandelions (true shrub of 3 meters high) .

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