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Lanzarote Cueva de Los Verdes #5

Optical illusion 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 features the cave's optical illusion, with what seems to be a big drop off right in front of you.

You'll just have to visit yourself if you want to find out how it works!

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Filename - lanzarote cueva de los verdes 05.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO12800

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 in low light.