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Mount Teide, Tenerife #4

Mount Teide in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is usually associated with beach resorts, hotels and all the paraphenalia of package holidays.

But venture away from the coast and a very different Tenerife starts to present itself.

My wife Liz and I took a winter break on the island during February 2017 and spent most of our time touring around the Teide National Park in order to marvel at the astonishing volcanic geology from which the island is formed.

On our first trip up to the 6,500 ft plateau, Canadas del Teide, formed from an ancient caldera, we were surprised to find that even at this high altitude the air was holding a lot of moisture, and the view out to Mount Teide was quite hazy.

But on our second day trip to high altitude the air was crystal clear, with all the fascinating formations, textures and colours of the volcanic rocks visible from miles away.

Dominating the scene, naturally enough, was the 12,000ft high cone of Mount Teide itself, shown here and looking amazing in the sunlight and set against the azure sky.

Of course, I spent most of my time up here photographing, using my polarising filter to good effect to bring out those striking colour contrasts.

We could have been on the surface of Mars, this place is so surreal!

Image data

Filename - tenerife mount teide 04.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/50 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the colours and darken the sky.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.