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Lanzarote Cueva de Los Verdes #6

Colourful rocks on the roof of 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 on the way out of the cave system, and shows a patch of green tinged lava on the roof of the lava tunnel we were climbing up.

Hence the name 'Cueva de Los Verdes' - 'Cave of the Greens'.

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Filename - lanzarote cueva de los verdes 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 232mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f5.6, ISO6400

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.