While researching THE RED PEARL EFFECT, I visited the awesome volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast, and hiked to the summit of La Cumbre Vieja.

Salt Farm on La Palma
Salt Farm on La Palma

A salt farm on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast. The ponds' coloration are due to the bacteria that thrive in salt-rich waters.

La Cumbre Vieja
La Cumbre Vieja

La Cumbre Vieja summit on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

West Shore of La Palma
West Shore of La Palma

The west shore of the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

East Shore of La Palma
East Shore of La Palma

The east shore of the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

Dog on La Palma
Dog on La Palma

A dog enjoying the afternoon on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

Hillside Vineyards on La Palma
Hillside Vineyards on La Palma

A steep hillside covered in vineyards on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

Hiking Path Signpost on La Palma
Hiking Path Signpost on La Palma

A signpost marking a hiking path atop La Cumbre Vieja summit on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

Dog on La Palma
Dog on La Palma

A dog sleeping on a step on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.

Observatory on La Palma
Observatory on La Palma

The observatory on the volcanic island of La Palma, off the African coast.