Black and White Photos Capture the Eerie Enchantment of Madeira’s Ancient Trees

Tree Photos Fanal Series by Michael Schlegel

There’s something awe-inspiring about ancient trees that have stood still for hundreds of years. Their strength, deeply rooted in the earth has captured the human imagination for years, and, in some cultures, trees are even considered sacred. Inspired by the lungs of our planet, Berlin-based photographer Michael Schlegel captures the mysterious Laurel trees of Madeira, a volcanic region of Portugal, in his series, simply titled Fanal.

Schlegel tells My Modern Met, “These trees are located at an altitude of around 1,000m [3,280 ft.] in western Madeira and some of them are up to 500 years old.” His hauntingly beautiful images capture moss-covered tree trunks, sprawling branches, and dark foliage contrasted against misty white fog. Many of the trees have even grown at an angle, resulting in heavy, sweeping branches that seem to plunge toward the ground. Each eerie scene looks like a snapshot of an enchanted forest—you’d almost expect to see a ghost lurking around this majestic woodland.

Check out Schlegel’s Fanal series below and find more from his portfolio on his website.

Berlin-based photographer Michael Schlegel captures the mysterious Laurel trees of Madeira in his series, Fanal.

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Some of them are around 500 years old.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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