Down at sea level in the Golf del Sur resort that my wife Liz and I were staying at for a week's winter sun on the island of Tenerife the weather was overcast and hazy, with Mount Teide, the island's huge central volcano, lost to view in the clouds.
But we were hopeful that a drive up through the cloud forests on the lower slopes of the mountain would eventually bring us out above the cloud cover and into sunshine.
So we set off in our tiny hire car up the winding roads to the centre of the island, struggling to get up some of the steeper climbs and hairpin bends in second gear.
This is a very steep island, and we had soon left the last human habitation behind and entered into the Forestal Park, complete with cloud pines and a lot of thick damp, cloud.
As we climbed ever higher we started to think that the clouds would extend all the way up to the top of Mount Teide, and our drive would have been wasted. (Although the Forestal was very nice in a foggy sort of way!)
But just as we climbed above the last of the trees we emerged from the fog into a sunlit alien landscape comprising the volcanic spew from Mount Teide's historic eruptions (the last one was in 1909 - not so long ago) and improbably shaped upwellings of magma.
With the 12,000ft high cone of Mount Teide dominating the landscape, we parked up at the 6,500ft high viewpoint at Zapato de La Reine for a bite of lunch and to admire the amazing scenery.
While we were eating a bank of high cloud started sweeping over the rock formations we'd just driven past, so we decided to stay there another half hour while I shot the hundreds of frames required to make this short time lapse video of the scene as a memento of a stunning view.
Finally satisfied we continued our exploratory drive, but only until the next pull in and yet more unbelievable sights!
It turned into a very long day in the end!
Filename - tenerife teide timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 22mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours. Two stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the clouds.
Capture interval - 3 seconds
Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 11 seconds
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