✯ Laurissilva Forest (UNESCO World Heritage) path @ Madeira - PORTUGAL. An outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest type. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest.
Vix prece finita, torpor gravis occupat artus: / mollia cinguntur tenui praecordia libro, / in frondem crines, in ramos bracchia crescunt, / pes modo tam velox pigris radicibus haeret, / ora cacumen habet; remanet nitor unus in illa. (P.Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses I, vv.547-551)
This looks like the underground dwelling of the Tuatha de Danaan, or "Children of Danu", the mythological mother goddess of the Irish Celts. Creatures such as leprechauns and other Fairy Folk were known to inhabit these places, particularly under the burial mounds, which were also known as the fairy mounds for that reason.