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Lanzarote Cueva de Los Verdes #3

Colourful rocks inside the Cueva de Los Verdes cave system on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands

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What to do on the sun kissed isle of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands when it's cold, windy and raining?

Go underground of course!

With its violent volcanic history, Lanzarote has a number of dramatic underground lava cave systems, the two most famous of which are the Jameos de Agua and the Cueva de Los Verdes, both on the north east coast of the island.

Liz and I had already visited the Jameos de Agua system during a previous cruise stopover, so this time we chose the Cueva de Los Verdes for our underground adventure.

The cave system that has been opened for exploration is about two kilometres long, and you can only enter it as part of a guided tour, which is what we did.

The cave was filled with visual treats and very interesting geology, including a river of frozen lava and a very dramatic optical illusion.

This image was taken inside the cave system, featuring some of the green tinged lava that gave the cave its name.

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Filename - lanzarote cueva de los verdes 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 92mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO1600

Filters - None.

Location - Cueva de Los Verdes, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - High ISO used to reduce shutter speed and thus enable hand held exposures.