This photograph was taken during a trip to discover the island of Tenerife in the Canary archipelago. This volcanic island is home to the Teide volcano, within the Teide National Park of the same name.
In addition to giving an extremely unique aspect to the island itself, this volcano also represents the highest mountain in Spain, in fact it exceeds 3500 m above sea level.
This island is well known for the fantastic dark skies it is able to offer, it is no coincidence that it is home to some important European telescopes. Exploring this island was truly a unique adventure for me, getting lost in the Teide caldera, in this completely alien landscape, gave me the opportunity to find truly particular and unique compositions. As can be seen in this image, a rock obelisk rises from the volcanic soil as if it were a claw of lava reaching out towards the night and the myriad of stars that can be seen from here.
In the landscape version of this scene it is possible to observe the arid vegetation characteristic of this volcanic habitat. In the sky we observe the milky way rising from the center of the image, starting from the subject of this composition, the incredible rocky claw that rises above the lava ground. To its left it is also possible to see the Big Dipper shining, distinguishing itself through the intense natural atmospheric luminescence (air-glow), in this case of a variable color from orange to green.