Dramatic plant naturalisation

Remarkable natural habitats create themselves when land is difficult to reach or is simply left unmanaged over time. Here tall flowering Agave americana and bulbous Opuntia (prickly pear) have densely colonised a granite slope between a small Citadel and the sea.

Agave die back after flowering so the landscape here will continue evolving as Opunita fill gaps left and other Agave appear and flower elsewhere.