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Sunlight at the opening of the cave.

location: sumaguing cave, sagada, mountain province, philippines


on action: oya & jeff (tourist guide)


image info:

nikon d90

18-200mm@18.00mm focal length

manual settings






shot taken last: november 28, 2010


photo process info: light from lamp, with crop and no hdr. pp in adobe cs2 (adjustment of brightness/ contrast, exposure, shadows/ highlights and color balance), picasa 3.0 (adjusment of sharpen, tuning and watermark) and neat images (reducing noise).

This is a compilation of drawings (heavily textured plus various other layered cave images from China) from the Chauvet Caves France 35,000 years old. Intelligent Masterpieces of a forgotten people. Done for the contest "Interiors"

Croatian Speleological Federation Cave Photography Workshop in Tounjčica cave, Croatia.

A pretty spectacular little Cave on the Central Coast NSW. I have shot here a few times now but finally got a decent sky. The Cave is actually tiny and I had to squeeze myself in quite uncomfortably. Great location!

Explore #476: 25 november 2009


Cheddar cave UK


When I turn the image 90 degrees left, it looks like a little Cave-monsterrrr :-)

Taken in Arches National Park, Utah

Woodward Cave is a show cave located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The cave was known to the local Native Americans as "Red Panther Cave", derived from the name of a Seneca Chief's son, Red Panther, who, according to legend, was struck by lightning after cutting down a sacred beech tree and was buried in the cave by his father. The cave was developed by local businessmen and opened to the public in 1925.

Aireys Inlet, Victoria.


You can see a close up of this cave here: enter if you dare.

Bear Cave

From 1920 to about 1980, the City of Elyria Ohio maintained a cage for brown bears in the "cave" under this rock ledge at Cascade Park

Autumn at Cave Point, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Devetashka - the Bulgarian Cave with 70,000 Years of Human Habitation


Devetashka cave is an enormous cave in Bulgaria, which has provided shelter for groups of humans since the late Paleolithic era, and continuously for tens of thousands of years since then. Now abandoned by humans, it remains a site of national and international significance and is home to some 30,000 bats.

Devetashka cave, which is known as Devetàshka peshterà in Bulgaria, is located roughly 18 kilometres north of Lovech, near the village of Devetaki. It is a karst cave formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks and characterized by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems.

The cave itself is immense, measuring approximately 2 kilometres in length and with a huge entrance ‘hall’ measuring 60 metres in height. In places the ceiling is 100 metres above the ground and there are seven huge holes through which daylight illuminates the vast interior. It is these holes that earned the cave the name Maarata or Oknata ("the eyes").

About 200 meters from the entrance, the cave separates into two branches. On the left side, a small river runs along it, forming miniature lakes and waterfalls, passing through the main hall and eventually flowing into the Osam River. The right side is warm and dry and contains several chambers, ending with a round hall, known as the Altar. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, rivulets, majestic natural domes and arches can be found within the enormous cave and one can see why various human populations would have chosen Devetashka as their home.

Devetashka Cave was rediscovered by a Bulgarian scientist in 1921 but was not fully excavated until the 1950s when the intention was to transform the cave into a giant warehouse. Studies revealed that it has been inhabited almost continuously since the late Paleolithic era. The earliest traces of human presence date back to the middle of the Early Stone Age around 70,000 years ago. The Devetashka cave also contained one of the richest sources of cultural artifacts from the Neolithic (6th millennium - 4th millennium B C).

In June, 1996, Devetashka Cave was declared a natural landmark. The cave is probably best known for its part in the action movie ‘The Expendables 2’, filmed in 2011, in which Sylvester Stallone crash lands a plane into Jean Claude Van Damme’s subterranean lair.


Bears' Cave (Peștera Urșilor) is located the western Apuseni Mountains, on the outskirts of Chişcău village, Bihor County, northwestern Romania. It was discovered in 1975 by "Speodava", an amateur speleologist group.


Bears' Cave received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site in 1983. The cave bear, also known as "Ursus Spelaeus", is a species of bear which became extinct during the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.

The darkness in this photo is where I think we should be towards the beginning as Agnes is kind of in the dark about all of Tilly's life, and as thy progress we see more light like in Cave 5. Also, perfect torches for lining the walls of norton for the encompassing effect.

This view is from inside the cave, early morning after sunrise.

The cave has a maximum height of less then 2 meters. The major part can only be explored bended down.

Rifle Falls State Park

2016.03.28 Noszvaj, Hungary


The Bükkalja region is awash with volcanic rhyolite tuff, and locals have made use of the porous rock for centuries. Besides wine cellars, people have carved out caves for livestock, food storage and of course as homes. At one point 30% of Noszvaj’s population lived in these types of residences. 40 cave homes were still inhabited as late as 1970.


Flash and I explored and painted in Island Ford Cave. The cave is full of awesome spaces and textures galore. Our clothes and our gear were covered in dirt by the time we finished at almost 5 AM but it was all worth it.


Next time we visit we'll go during the day and try to explore the entire system as we only managed to get through maybe a third of it. The entrance is right off of the road and there were so many spaces we could shoot that we have to get back and get some more frames.

Smoo Cave is a large combined sea cave and freshwater cave in Durness in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland.

The mountains of the Western Cape are literally littered with small caves.


Yesterday afternoon John Maarschalk introduced me to this cute little cave just off Chapman's Peak Drive.


It was a very beautiful (albeit cloudless) sunset... all that was missing was a couple of beers and a bowl of nuts! :)


Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24 at 14mm, aperture of f/10, with a 1/1000 second exposure (my ISO was set to 3200 (don't ask me why)).


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Cave Falls is located in Pennsylvania's State Game Lands 141 along Glen Onoko Run. The falls are approximately 20 feet high.

Stopica Cave, Zlatibor, Serbia. The power in the area was knocked off because of an early season snow storm, so we asked the guardians to borrow some powerful flashlights, they obliged, I don't think they had any other visitors that day (or perhaps, week).

Nikon D800

PC-E NIKKOR 24mm, f3.5D

f8, five-image blend in HDR Efex Pro 2


Inside the cave at Cathedral Rocks, Kiama, NSW


Mosquito Central ! Despite spraying myself from head to toe, I was bitten alive

This is the part of the cave where you get more than a little wet, the cave at this point gets very narrow as you travel along this passage.

Giants Causeway

Galactic Cave


This shot has been in the planning for about 2 years or so, and I finally had a chance to try it a few days ago. A lot of things needed to come together for this to work. It had to be early in the year (at the start of "Milky Way season") in order to even see the Milky Way from inside the cave, and I needed clear skies during the new moon when the tide was low enough to get in and out of the cave and still have enough time to try various angles and take all the shots I would need. All those things came together except for some clouds that obscured the lower part of the Galactic Center of the Milky Way, and it was bitterly cold and very windy, although it was calm inside the cave. I think the ambient temp was somewhere between 0F - 5F. I had to snowshoe down the hillside through the woods to the shore, then put on Microspikes to cross the ice covered rocks and carefully make my way over to and inside the cave. All in the dark, but with a headlamp of course.


Note that I won't be saying exactly where this cave is located. It's not exactly a secret, but it has been removed from guide books for good reason, it's a fairly dangerous place and you could be swimming your way out if you're not careful, and it houses a fragile environment in its tidepools. All the signs for the cave, and the railing that lead to the entrance, were removed many years ago to protect those inexperienced from getting injured or stranded.


You'll notice that there's a lot of color in the sky, there's orange light from light pollution from towns up the coast, there's some green from airglow, and the reddish color might also be airglow.


Nikon D800E with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 17mm. Like most of my night photos, this is a blend of multiple exposures to get the scene in focus and exposed from the foreground to the stars. Technically 13 exposures were used to create this final image. 10 exposures of 10 seconds each at ISO 6400 were used for star stacking of the sky. Those exposures were blended using Starry Landscape Stacker for Mac. Then 3 other exposures were used for the foreground at ISO 1600 and at different focus distances, f-stops, and exposures lengths.


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Ash Cave

Hocking Hills State Park

Logan, Ohio


It's been awhile since I've visited one of my favorite waterfalls in Ohio. We got hit pretty hard with a winter blast last night the roads were to bad to go to work but they weren't bad enough to take a trip down to Ash Cave in Hocking Hills.

spring time in Cave Dale, next to the village of Castleton

A somewhat surreal image, but this boat is on an underground pool in the caves at Wookey Hole, Somerset. The artifical lighting in the cave has produced the vivid colours.

The wind and water carve out these beautiful formations in the sandstone. Valley Of Fire, Nevada.

The cave, Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia.

Phraya Nakhon Cave is in Kui Buri District. It is managed by Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is about 500 meters from Laem Sala beach and approximately 17 kilometers north of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Tourists can go to the cave by renting a boat or by walking across Tian Mountain. After that, there is a climb up the mountain about 430 meters to reach Phraya Nakhon Cave.

There is a water well at the foot of the mountain known as Phraya Nakhon Well. It is made of baked clay bricks in a trapezoidal shape.

Phraya Nakhon is a large cave which has a hole in the ceiling allowing sunlight to penetrate. At the top of the hole, there is a stone bridge known as "death bridge" because many wild animals have fallen to their deaths from it. Many kings of Thailand have come to see this cave and left evidence of their visit.

The outstanding feature of Phraya Nakhon Cave is the "throne", a historic site built during King Rama V's (King Chulalongkorn) reign. The best time to see the throne is between 10:30 - 11:30 as the sun shines on the throne at that time. The throne has since become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Later kings also visited the cave. For the visit of King Chulalongkorn in 1890, the Kuha Karuhas pavilion was built inside the cave. Later, King Vajiravudh, as well as King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited the cave.

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