Paraglider, Tenerife, Spain

NOVEMBER 2005 – A paraglider flies high above the clouds over the woods of the island of Tenerife, Spain. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Tenerife belongs to the Canary Islands that are located off the African shore in the Atlantic Ocean. The group of islands are best known for their beaches and a popular holiday destination for Europeans. But to reduce them to mere beach vacations does them unjustice.

When we visited Tenerife we also rented a car and drove to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and continued from there to the Teide National Park. We used the TF-24 which is also known as “Cumbre Dorsal”. It is the road that runs on the top of the mountains separating the northern part of Tenerife from the southern part. It’s an amazing drive, and you will come across several excellent viewpoints. You will go higher and higher and at some point look down at the clouds. Driving further up, trees will be replaced by rocks and sand.

And then, shortly before the Observatorium, close to the Izana mountain, we came across a group of hanggliders who were enjoying a fantastic ride in the air at roughly 2,300 meters above the sea.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time09-NOV-2005, 18:14
LocationTF-24, near Teide Observatory
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/250 sec at f/13
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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