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One of my chief delights when on foreign holidays is to get away from the tourist areas and explore the natural scenery on offer in less well visited locations.
Which is why my wife Liz and I racked up the miles in our little hire car during our week long winter break on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, exploring the coasts, forests and volcanic landscapes on this beautiful (and warm!) island.
Naturally our travels took us to the centre of Tenerife and the volcanic wonderland of the Teide National Park, encompassing the huge ancient caldera of the Las Canadas volcano, with the more recently formed volcanic cone of Mount Teide itself, rising up from its centre.
Emerging from the clouds into the Teide National Park you could be forgiven for thinking you'd landed on Mars, with fields of seemingly barren reddish lava interspersed with incredibly shaped and eroded rock formations everywhere you look.
A single road, the TF-21, traverses the park, with convenient laybys along its length allowing you to stop, admire the views, and take a few photos of course.
Although I took hundreds of pictures of the volcano, the lava and the rock formations, I also wanted to capture some images featuring the human side of Teide.
Which is why I took a quick and careful dive out into the middle of the TF-21 to take this photograph, using the road and its white stripes to point the way to the imposing cone of Mount Teide, set against the deep blue of a high altitude sky.
If you look carefully you can just make out the pylons of the Teleferique del Teide cablecar, snaking up the flank of the mountain.
Filename - tenerife teide road 06
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
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 - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.
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