Monday, August 2, 2010

Answer - Friday Foto Quiz

As Ken Burns puts it, National Parks are America's best idea. This underground National Park is Carlsbad Caverns, located in New Mexico. I believe the formation is named "Giant Dome" and resides in the Hall of Giants.

We visited the caverns in July of 2007. I had just bought a Nikon D80 and was learning to use a DSLR. the low lighting of a cave was the challenge. We had not yet envisioned our light drawing project. I was confused as to why a white LED flashlight made the formations appear blue. I've learned alot about LEDs and white balance since then.

This is a great place to visit. The scale of these formations is lost by not including people in my pictures as a reference. Plan to spend several days here to get the full experience. The main self guided tour is mind blowing. Then sign up for guided tours to lower levels and other nearby caves. The history of those that found and explored the cave is fascinating. Stay for the nightly show as 400,000 bats fly over your head as they leave the cave entrance. Then go take the main room tour again because you missed most of what is to be seen. Here is the link:

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