21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Colourful shrubs make a vibrant appearance in a sea of black on the island of La Palma, Spain. Taken on a hike in May 2022.
Project “Pioneers”: A pioneer species is one that is first to colonise a barren environment; breaking down rock and producing soil. They brave the oven-fresh barren landscapes and season them into vibrant ecosystems; If it weren’t for them, we would not be here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Spain
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Pierre Banoori