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Stalagtites & Stalagmites

© 2007 Adam Kenneth Campbell

LOCATION

Luray Caverns
Luray, Virginia
United States

GPS

N 38°39’50.4″
W 78°29’01.9″

THE STORY

One winter while trying to traverse the length of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, I had to abandon the trip halfway through the park, due to inclement weather and bad road conditions causing the closure of Skyline Drive south of the Thornton Gap entrance.

The weather got worse while driving down into the Shenandoah Valley. Since the only photos I captured were the crazy cloud formations and drab skies, when I noticed a sign on the road pointing to Luray Caverns and thought it would be a great opportunity to see something new and save the day. The constant temperature of 50 degrees would be a warm welcome compared to the cold winter air of the mountains.

I am not really much of a tourist. I can’t stand being herded around like cattle with a bunch of dumb yuppies asking dumb ass questions. I chose to lay low —hanging far back from the crowd until I couldn’t hear any more idiots or see any more camera flashes from people taking shitty photos they will never look at again. I pulled out the Joby GorillaPod from the inside pocket of my coat I had smuggled down into the cavern with me!

BOOYA!

I assumed in the parking lot that this place wouldn’t let me down there with an actual tripod, and the GorillaPod is one of the best tools for situations like this. I was able to grip the handrails of the sidewalks, or stand it up on various rocks and take several long exposures using a cable release.

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attraction; beauty; cave; cavern; formations; geologic; geological; geology; luray; nature; realm; rocks; scary; spike; stalactites; stalagmites; tourism; tourist; travel; underground; virginia; shenandoah; valley;

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