Around cave Algar do Carvão

Unearthy landscape

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Welcome to Mars!

That is the thought that first crossed my mind when I set foot in this strange landscape.
The type of vegetation shown in the panorama is quite common on the Azores. Especially around the craters of the Volcanos. It is called Azorean green heather (Erica Azorica).

But walking amidst hills covered almost exclusively with this heather gave me the impression I was doing an audition for an old Star Trek episode.

 

The red wood
adds to the
effect

As always, Hydrangea
are everywhere on the islands