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One of the most dramatic and other-worldly landscapes I've ever come across, this is the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
Formed from the eruption of Mount Teide, this huge crater is full of the most amazing volcanic geology, and with vast areas of reddish lava without any signs of life you could be forgiven for thinking you'd landed on Mars.
Mount Teide and the surrounding Teide National Park is one of the main reasons my wife Liz and I really enjoy spending time on Tenerife (plus the climate of course!), and we made the most of our holiday here in January 2020 by driving up to the park from our resort on the south coast on a couple of occasions.
The drive up to the park is an adventure in itself, passing through different climate zones on twisty mountain roads until you emerge through the clouds into the bright sunlight at an altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level, with the conical peak of Mount Teide dominating the skyline.
There is a single main road, the TF-21, that traverses Teide National Park and takes you past some stunning vistas of the volcano itself and the famous volcanic rock formations that have been formed in the larger crater.
This stitched panoramic collage shows the strange and wonderful landscape at Minas de San Jose, formed from pumice stone ejected from the seconadry volcano of Montana Blanca.
You can get a sense of scale for this area from the tiny human figures hiking towards the left hand side of this image.
Filename - tenerife teide panorama 04
Lens - 24-105mm Zoom @ 40mm
Exposure - 1/60 sec @ f/8, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.
Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - This image is a panoramic collage created from stitched multiple overlapping frames.
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