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Bright White Stalagtite

© 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.

For MY photos, from the inside pocket of my coat pocket I pulled out the Joby GorillaPod I had smuggled down into the cavern with me!

BOOYA!

I like the contrast of this shot vs the other images in this series. The almost pure white of the stalactite column stands out, especially with the spotlighting added by the owners of the caverns.

And there you have it. The story behind the photo.

KEYWORDS

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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