Barely above 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) in elevation, Roque del Conde – a tabletop mountain with a huge plateau on its top – is one of the landmarks of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain. On May 9, 2015, Roberto Porto caught the photo above. It’s Roque del Conde’s shadow cast onto the low clouds at sunrise.
Roberto, who is a veterinary surgeon on Tenerife, told EarthSky that his bedroom window overlooks Roque del Conde. He said:
… the first thing every morning is to take a look at the sunrise over this Roque. Never before have I seen this atmospheric optics effect.
By the way, Tenerife is apparently one of the best places on Earth to stargaze and skywatch generally. The UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Starlight Foundation – which aims to preserve clear skies – awarded Tenerife’s Teide National Park with the titles of Starlight Tourist Destination and Starlight Reserve. Read more about Tenerife’s dark skies.
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