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Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote #5

Volcano in the Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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During our week long winter break on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands one of the places that was on my wife Liz's and my 'must see' list was the Timanfaya National Park.

Comprising more than one hundred volcanoes, the landscape is like nothing on earth, with twisted and tortured lava puncuated with volcanic cones.

The park is closely managed, and you can't just wander about on your own for fear of damaging the fragile lichens that are slowly bringing new life to this desolate wasteland.

We timed our visit for mid-morning, and even though it was February Timanfaya was already very busy, with a queue of cars waiting to get into the car park.

It must be crazy here in high season!

This image of a volcanic cone, blown apart during an eruption and brought to life with a lovely arrangement of sunlight and shadow from the passing clouds, was taken from the visitor centre car park, the only place in the park you were actually allowed to put your feet on the ground!

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Image data

Filename - lanzarote timanfaya 05.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/60 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image slightly underexposed to preserve highlight detail in the clouds. Shadow areas were subsequently brightened in Adobe Lightroom.