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Rock Formation, Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands #19

Rock formation in the Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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The magnificent volcanic landscape of the Teide National Park in Tenerife was one of the main attractions that led my wife Liz and I to choose the Canary Islands for a week of winter sun in late January 2020.

We'd been here before, so we knew what to expect, but even so the views that unfolded before us as we drove into the giant caldera of the ancient Las Canadas volcano, with Mouth Teide at its centre, took our breath away.

Emerging into the clear skies and sunlight at 6,500 feet above sea level from the mist shrouded cloud pine forests below was like arriving on another planet, with multi-hued lava fields, punctuated by improbable rock formations, stretching out before us.

There's a single road, the TF-21 that traverses the park, and I made a point of including a section of it in this image, in order to give a sense of scale to the huge volcanic cliffs that form the rim of the Las Canadas caldera.

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Filename - tenerife teide rock 19

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 67mm

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.