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Moonwalk on Teide

Moonwalk on Teide
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-01-30
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 10:23
Viewed: 3885
Points: 18
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Sunrise above Gran Canaria seen from the summit of Teide on Tenerife. It's wonderful to be at the summit at this moment. Left 2 hours before from the hut and climbed in the dark to the summit. At sea level temperatures are around 20C but on the summit it get to freezing level during the night. The walk towards the hut from the crater rim is magnificent. THe landscape is like the moon (see workshop picture). On the summit you can smell the remnants of the vulcanic activity: sulphur and see the yellow dust being lifted by the wind.

Wiki info on Teide:
Teide (Mount Teide or Pico del Teide) is a volcano and mountain on Tenerife, Canary Islands (28.27 N, 16.6 W). At 3717 m above sea level and approximately 7000 m above the adjacent sea bed, it is the highest mountain in Spain, the highest mountain in any Atlantic island, and the third largest volcano on Earth. Due to its eruptive history and location close to population centres, the volcano has been designated a Decade Volcano worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. It is currently dormant, having last erupted in 1909 from the subsidiary vent of Chinyero on the west slope of Teide. Other significant eruptions occurred in 1704–1706 and 1798. The summit has a number of small active fumaroles emitting hot sulfur dioxide and other gases. Further eruptions are considered likely in the future, including a risk of highly dangerous pyroclastic flows similar to those on Mount Pelée and Mount Vesuvius. Teide is a modern name given by the Spanish, the name given to the volcano was Echeyde by the native Guanches, prior to the Spanish colonization. Echeyde, in the Guanches legends, meant some sort of powerful figure leaving the volcano that could turn into hell.

Teide from the airIn prehistoric times, about 150,000 years ago, a much larger explosive eruption occurred, probably of Volcanic Explosivity Index 7, creating Las Cañadas, a large caldera at just over 2000 m altitude, 15 km across east-west and 10 km north-south. On the south side, the internal crater walls rise as almost sheer cliffs from 2100 m to 2715 m at Guajara. The 3717 m summit of Teide itself, and its subsidiary vent Pico Viejo (3134 m), both in the northern half of the caldera, derive from eruptions subsequent to this prehistoric explosion.

The volcano and its surrounds, including the whole of the caldera, are protected in a national park, the Parque Nacional del Teide. Access is by a public road running across the caldera from northeast to southwest; a parador (hotel) is also within the National Park. A cable car (Teleférico Teide) goes from the roadside at 2356 m most of the way to the summit, reaching 3555 m. Access to the summit itself is restricted; a permit (obtainable from the Park office in Santa Cruz) is required to climb the last 200 m.

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Thanks for dropping by, Jacob.
A very fascinating sunrise from the summit of a dormant volcano. The admiration for the picture grows manifold after reading your very informative note on the history of this mountain.
Superb colours that combine together into a wonderful composition.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-01-07 12:42]

Great sunset! I really like the light on the mist! Looks like a great view from there!
Is the picture a little tilted down on the right side?


Great shot lovely colours.....

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-10 22:49]

Hello Jacob

That is an amazing view.I love the colours of the sunrise,and how it illuminates te cloud above.Excellent POV,and well focused.A postcard like quality shot.TFS


Hello Jacob,
fabulous image of great depth with very subtle, well handled colours. To see the morning mist rising out of the dark, catching the red colour of sunrays - that is just breathtaking.
Great moment, very well reported.
Well informing notes and workshop. Thank you!
Best regards,

This shot reminds me how as a student I hiked up on Zuger Berg in Switserland - thru the night - just to see the sunrise!

I have included this shot in Waxing and Waning! < a Theme >

Thanx for sharing and making memories come back with this well captured shot!

PS WHY do people not understand sunRISE and insist on sunSET?

So long/ Tot ziens ;j.

PS Good idea to show the daylight shot too!

Hoi Jacob,
Ik heb deze zeer mooie foto geheel over het hoofd gezien. Dit is echt een prachtige opname met een perfecte belichting. De rode gloed over de wolken/damp tussen de bergen in de voorgrond vind ik heel erg mooie. Dit breekt de donkere voorgrond en neemt me verder mee in de foto. De belichting van de zon is perfect.

Colorful sky, beautyful landscape.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-25 11:38]

Hi Jacob.

This is alsmot abstract in appearance, your idea behind the framing and timing here works very well indeed. The colours are incredibly striking too!



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