Fire Cave Glow
This beautiful little cave had captivated me ever since I saw a picture of it for the first time. It was very difficult to find, because there are so many little caves kind of like it in the area, but thanks to a tip from a photographer I met in Valley of Fire, Paul Osgood, I was finally able to locate it. He also let me know the right time to shoot it, about 9:30 a.m. when the cave would light up with reflected light. This cave is tight quarters to say the least... It looks like it could be big, but the vertical part of the arch you are looking at is only around 2 feet tall, and the opening in the back is only about 4' by 4'. Sometimes pictures can give you the impression something is much bigger or smaller than it is in real life!
All that to say that it sure pays off to meet other photographers and learn from them. I have learned so much about photography exponentially this year from a few of my friends and from observing many of your shots, my contacts!
If you are going to Valley of Fire, I have geotagged the exact spot on this cave on the map to the right of your screen. The cave looks like a face from the outside, and is in a dome-structured rock outcrop about 15 feet tall by 30 feet wide. This rock outcrop is behind the first main outcrop you get to after driving about 100 yards or less on the gravel road. The geotag on the satellite image should be just about right.
Valley of Fire Arch Cave
Valley of Fire State Park