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Gemma Copeland

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A steep, mossy slope leading down to a clear, still lake

A very misty Llyn Cau, halfway up Cadair Idris in Wales.

We hiked most of this trail through low clouds. We noticed it getting warmer as we got closer to the peak, and then suddenly we were above the clouds and in brilliant sunshine.

We made a last minute decision to spend a month on La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. After six months of rarely travelling outside north London, it feels surreal to be in such a different environment*.

The island is small, roughly circular and very mountainous. This weekend we went for a hike in Garajonay National Park, which was such a contrast to the valley where we’re staying.

The mountains catch the clouds blown in by the trade winds, which means the centre is covered in subtropical forest, called laurisilva. This is the largest remnant of the type of forest that once covered much of Europe and North Africa. It’s quite amazing to wander through… the trees are dripping with lichen and water droplets.

Clouds moving across a forest-covered mountain

*This is also the closest you can get to the antipodes of Queensland, so I feel right at home.

We got some film from last year developed and I love the photos so much. Friendship ended with iPhone camera!

A snow-topped mountain in Wales with wispy clouds just above its peak and a tree in the foreground

A rocky ridgeline silhouetted against a pink and blue evening sky featuring a gibbous moon

A green and blue lake with reeds in the foreground

A tree with puffs of light pink flowers

A woman smiling and picking raspberries after a swim in the river

A cloud-forest in La Gomera, with sunlight streaming through the trees and hanging moss

A wave breaking around a rock on a black sand beach

The top of a mountain in Wales, with low clouds wafting over the grass

A misty road in La Gomera, with forest on either side

Ice crystals on some moss

Most of these are probably taken by HM.