Carlsbad Caverns National Park has Earth's largest underground limestone cavern. It is truly a magical place with all types of formations. In this view is a Stalactite Chandelier over 4 meters in width.
The National Park Service has various tours available inside the cavern. My favorite is the Kings Palace tour where this view was made.
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EstudioChispa (2176) 2013-10-22 6:57
Well done scene, Ray... All too often, I speak from disappointing experience, and this is one of those times. The spectacular scenes in limestone caverns are so hard to capture in a foto, mostly due to difficult lighting challenges. So I am curious here -- this appears NOT to be an on-camera flash; is this Park Service lighting, perhaps one from each side of you? And I am also curious about the exposure settings! You got good DOF, so I presume a somewhat-stopped-down aperture, so even if you compensated by dialing up the ISO, we're still looking at a pretty long shutter speed, yes?
m (0) 2013-10-22 10:22
I love such places too, those stalactite formations never fail to impress. Great detailed capture in the always difficult light there.
Thanks and best wishes!
Silvio1953 (145703) 2013-10-23 3:03
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic cavern, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful exposure, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (31672) 2013-10-23 5:18
4 metres? Wow, that's a big one, and to think of the milennia that this has forming for our viewing pleasure! Excellent management of the light in this, whicj looks really difficult.
Reminds me of the lines to remember which is which, tights go down, might go up, haha.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-10-24 10:44
Never seen stalactites on TE.This is the first time and its really a nice experience to something so different and not normally photographed.Great presentation with a good sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
delpeoples (58616) 2013-10-27 3:08
So are they stalactites or stalacmites? ;) My nan always used to say the tights come down and the mites crawl up, but maybe I've got that round the wrong way :) Anyway, a beautiful photo of a remarkable natural phenomenon. When you were in Australia, did you ever see the Jenolan Caves? They are like these ones and are ever so beautiful too. Fantastic job, thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend