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Teide Road, Tenerife #2

Highway TF-21 passing through volcanic landscape in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

'On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair....'

OK, so I'm not in California, but the same air of mystery prevails as I gaze along the TF-21 highway as it passes through the amazing Teide National Park, disappearing around a bend against the volcanic crater walls of the Mount Teide caldera.

There's something very enigmatic about a road through a barren landscape, especially when the road leads somewhere out of the frame of reference.

Where is it going? What's around the bend out of sight? What will happen if I travel along it a little further?

But there was nothing prosaic about the actual taking of this photo, waiting for a gap in the traffic with my wife Liz watching out behind while I dashed into the traffic lane for a few seconds to grab a couple of frames.

But that's a secondary consideration, compared with the feeling of anticipation that just looking at this image still brings to the fore in my mind.

Just what is around that bend?

Image data

Filename - tenerife teide road 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 75mm

Exposure - 1/40 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld shot with lens stabilisation.