La Cueva de los Verdes

La Cueva de los Verdes

La Cueva de los Verdes is a seven kilometre long volcanic cave on the island of Lanzarote. One kilometre of it is open to the public and it’s amazing to visit. It was formed almost 5,000 years ago by lava that flowed from a volcano to the sea and it’s incredible to think of the forces and temperatures that formed the tunnel. This was my second visit to the cave. The first was with my wife, but this time my son went with me. He loved that he never had to duck down when walking through low passages! I looked forwards to taking this photo the whole day.

What’s really annoying however is tourists who don’t know how to use their cameras. A teenage girl with a DSLR stood next to me taking photos using the flash on her camera. I bet none of her photos captured the beautiful light show as the cavern was quite large and it was very dark. This photo was a 13 second exposure, at f/4.0, ISO 100. Luckily there was a particularly flat rock where I could rest my camera. Unfortunately for her she wasn’t speaking English but as I left I told another photographer to put his camera down in the same place and turn off the flash to get the best shot.

You can find more information on the cave here, here and of course on Wikipedia.

The Cueva de los Verdes stretches underground from the volcano known as “La Corona” through to the sea on the north east coast. The tunnel was blasted through the earth under the effect of exploding lava more than four millenia ago, rather like an enormous exhaust pipe.
Within recent years, the island government and the local authority of Haria have carried out extensive work on the cave, providing illumination, ambient music and safe pathways for the interested visitor. An hour–long guided tour covering more than two kilometres of underground exploration, includes an explanation of the legends of the cave, plus a sound and light show.

If you ever visit Lanzarote it’s definitely worth visiting!

PS. if you know the story behind this scene, keep it to yourself. Don’t spoil it for future visitors who might come by this post! :)

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 13s

In a world of their own

In a world of their own

This couple were engrossed in conversation walking across the busy junction of Washington Street and The Grand Parade without waiting for the lights. A moment later the man looked towards traffic and put his hand out to stop a car that was heading towards them!

Unbelievable.

Day 5 of ‪#‎FiveDayBlackAndWhiteChallenge‬. Since I was tagged 3 times I’ll continue for a while yet. Enjoying the black and white images?

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s

The Curious Cow

The Curious Cow

One of the cows in a field on the grounds of Blarney Castle, Co Cork, Ireland. I’m not entirely happy with the cow in the background on the right but, meh. I love the texture of the cow’s hair on it’s face.

Day 4 of #FiveDayBlackAndWhiteChallenge‬. Plenty more images to come!

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/125s

Charcoal Grill

Charcoal Grill

A lady in sunglasses caught me red handed taking a picture of her at the stall she was at in Patrick’s Street, Cork in July 2013 during some street festival.

Day 3 of the ‪#‎FiveDayBlackAndWhiteChallenge on Facebook for me and I was tagged by Ronan a few minutes ago to do it all over again so I’ll keep going for ten days!

St. Peter’s Church, Bandon

St. Peter's Church

This is a Church of Ireland church in Bandon, Co Cork that’s off the usual route for commuters passing through the town. I’ve only ever been up that direction once or twice despite having passed through the town hundreds of times!

It’s a beautiful looking building but I’ve never been inside and there are few photos of it online from what I could see after a quick search.

Blarney Tree in Fog

Blarney Tree in Fog

This is a tree that once stood in a large field near Blarney Castle, Co Cork, Ireland. It stood alone and was sometimes visible from the road but unfortunately it was chopped down a few weeks ago.

This was shot in February 2014 on a foggy, cold morning.

I was nominated on Facebook by two people (thanks Paul, thanks Claire) to post a monochrome image for five days so that’s what you can expect here this week! I’ll also be taking part in the photography 101 challenge on my WordPress.com blog at donncha.wordpress.com so make sure you subscribe, or follow me on Twitter/G+/FB where the usual notices are posted!

PS. I was reminded that this tree was known as the Fairy Tree by local people in Blarney. Thanks Mairéad!

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s