Calderón Hondo

The amazing Calderón Hondo is part of the Volcanes de Bayuyo, a range of volcanic cones in the north of the Fuerteventura island along a fault in the Earth’s crust. Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands which are located west of Morocco in the Atlantic Sea. The crater has a width of 350 m x 300 m and a depth of 66 m. It is connected to the Montaña Colorada which is the red structure behind the Calderón Hondo on the left side of the image. The eruptions in this range occurred 15,000 to 50,000 years ago and created a large Malpais, an extremely rough and barren landscape of lava fields.

The houses on the left side belong to Lajares, the city in the background is El Cotillo on Fuerteventura’s rugged west coast. If you look really closely at the image, you can also find the Tostón Lighthouse north of El Cotillo.

Volcanoes have been fascinating for me since many years but I regularly found them difficult to capture. Leveraging a drone for a relatively small volcano enabled me to show its entire structure and the play of early morning light without violating Spanish drone regulations. Also notice the loooong shadow of the cone on the Malpais in the background.

In the north of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, near Lajares.