The third largest volcano on earth (according to some sources, but not to others - it depends on how you go about measuring volcanoes) is found off West Africa, on Tenerife.
To see the majestic peak of this volcano, El Teide, one must traverse a height of about two kilometres of pine forest, dominated by the endemic Canarian pine Pinus canariensis C.Sm. This pine has developed an extraordinary way of utilizing the water available in the mist enveloping these forests - its leaves are tall and thin, allowing condensation of water droplets on their large surface area. This water trickles down, dropping into the soil and providing roots with much-needed hydration.
|Pinus canariensis C.Sm., 2.5km up east El Teide|
In some places, violent storms some years back have ripped the trees down, the trunks of which together with the flowing clouds produce an eerie atmosphere reminiscent of any horror film worth its salt:
|wind-battered pine forest, c. 2km up east El Teide|