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Light at the end of the tunnel by John Spies

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Sunlight beams into the entrance chamber of Tham Nam Lang in Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. This image was taken at the end of a 54 hour-long exploratory expedition in 1986 to reach the end of the cave’s massive 9-kilometre-long river tunnel. The cave standing on the ledge (top left) gives the cavern scale. Some people say the best part about caving is getting out…Taken with a Nikon FM2, 28mm Nikkor lense and Kodachrome film.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • simba
    simbaover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot.

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning- love it!!!

  • hi naturelover, thanks for your comment

    – John Spies

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    brilliant capture of the light in difficult conditions!! beautiful work

  • Thanks for the comment. The beams are accentuated by the cave mist that forms when the cave air is colder than outside. And after the sensory deprivation of extended caving, the afternoon light looked incredible, and the smell of the forest was extraordinary.

    – John Spies

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    that was some expedition!! so glad you captured this unforgettable image of this moment to share with us..

  • helene
    heleneover 5 years ago


  • ellamental
    ellamentalover 5 years ago


  • Thanks ellamental, I appreciate that, from you.

    – John Spies

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 5 years ago

    Lovely image John!!

  • Ben Messina
    Ben Messinaover 5 years ago

    Great Capture John.

  • Thanks Ben, appreciated.

    – John Spies

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous John! The person on the upper left really makes you realise the size of the cave! Beautiful :)

  • Thanks Shelly, most cave shots, esp of big caves, work better with a person to give the scene some scale, and I always prefer a caver with a headtorch on.

    – John Spies

  • copperhead
    copperheadover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot! I think I have to agree with what some people say about caving :) Never been one for the deep dark places :)

  • Thanks copperhead, you can build up to those dark places slowly, and once you become hooked it is hard to stop, caves are incredible places

    – John Spies

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