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One of the largest chambers within the cavern system of Luray, Virginia this chamber is called ‘Giants Hall’
Shot with the existing lights within the cavern, hand-held and straight from the box:Nikon P80;5mm;f2.8;1/6 second;ISO 400
The lighting within the caverns adds a degree of challenge to capturing images with the existing light, washing out some details but adding interesting shadows.

Luray Caverns are the largest caverns in the eastern USA and a National Landmark. Some of the most spectacular creations were formed just one drip at at time, such as Giant’s Hall, vast expansive chambers decorated by predominately golden columns, 10-stories tall. The gold colors come from iron and clay soils seeping from the ground along with the calcium carbonate “drips.”

Just some of Luray’s other impressive formations include:
Titania’s Veil — primarily all white, and formed by pure crystalline drips
Frozen Fountain — a massive, somewhat rounded white flowstone
Empress Column — a golden column is formed when a stalactite and stalagmite meet. This one is huge!

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A child of the 50’s, a survivor of the 60’s, my main artistic outlets are stained glass and photography. I have operated my glass studio since 1976 and have works all over the U.S. I originally entered university to study photographic journalism, but as John Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I do not use PS or other manipulations in my photographs, just adjusted settings on the camera.

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  • kukawa
    kukawaover 5 years ago

    My jaw just dropped!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!! Beautiful Image! You captured this Amazing!! Well Done!!!!! I’ve been to Carlsbad Caverns, their awesome, but…..this is wow!!!!!

  • Thank you for your appreciate comments, Sylvia. I have visited the caverns of Carlsbad, also and would love to return one day to share those sights with my lovely Lindybird. These caverns in Virginia are not as extensive as those in New Mexico, but I find them as thrilling and mesmerizing as those in your state. Thank you for the honour of the fav, also. Peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • riverotter
    riverotterover 5 years ago


  • I thank you, Em, for looking and the fav. Yep… WOW kind of sums it up every time I visit there. Peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • Amber Williams
    Amber Williamsover 5 years ago

    I love caves! awesome shot!

  • Thank you, ’Ber. I appreciate your visits and comments on your tight schedule. Peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • Lilbits
    Lilbitsover 5 years ago

    Beaitiful Capture:))) Caves A A Wonderous Thing:))))))xoxo

  • Thank you, Trena. I agree-truly wondrous and inspiring to see the result of slow drops of water over MILLIONS of years. peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • LoriSmaltz
    LoriSmaltzover 5 years ago

    Awesome, and a hard shot to get.

  • Welcome to Wonderland, Lori. I appreciate your visit and taking time to comment. I am honoured by the fav ;-} Peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 3 years ago

    What a fascinating place! Amazing capture!

  • It truly IS a most fascinating place and among my fav places in this expansive country. It is both a humbling and inspiring place to visit realizing that it took millions of years to construct these formations one drop of water at a time. Thank you for visiting and for your gracious comment. Peace

    – WonderlandGlass

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 1 year ago

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