Trip Day 6 – Oregon Caverns

I often say that day 3 of a trip is the day when you finally really get the knack of things and settle down to properly look around you. Similarly, day 6 is the day when you say to yourself, “yeah, I could just stay here forever… I wonder if anyone would notice…?”

Day 6 found us at the Oregon National Caverns. If any environment is going to addle one’s photographic brain then it’ll be this one. The trip started with a long, twisting and vertiginous drive along the side of a mountain. When finally we arrived it seemed closely akin to the middle of a very verdant nowhere.

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Generally we try to stay as far away as possible from anything that might be called a tour but what with the locked gates and all over the cave entrance we had to follow around the park ranger. She was nice enough but she seemed in a terrible hurry which can tend to be rather annoying when you’re trying to look at all the things you came a long way to see.

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Once inside, as promised, the photography was rather daunting. With the ISO cranked up as far as one dares and the shutter speed as slow as one dares there is some odd color to be seen.

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And some ghostly detail as well.

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The standard cave formations that I recall from my 100 trips through caves as a child. If my real life “draperies” looked like this then I might send them for cleaning.

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And it’s almost as if someone left the pudding to overflow eons ago and didn’t clean it up.

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You can just barely make out some ancient graffiti that has been layered into the rock in the 100 years since it was originally scrawled here.

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The uppermost section of the cavern sports this rather Lovecraftian decor. I expected Cthulhu to crawl out from behind a wall at any second.

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When we exited the cave we were immediately greeted by a fawn that was VERY close to the cave entrance. In a panic I tried desperately to adjust my camera settings from “too dark to really take a picture” inside the cave to “blinding daylight” just outside it. I assumed the dear deer would be quickly on its way but as it turns out no panic was necessary since the creature seemed relatively tame.

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Dig those crazy eyelashes. They’re a mile long.

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And so now with this end-view of our shy woodland Bambi, we put an end to day 6 in Oregon. Day 7 finds us in Downtown Portland with all its varied offerings.

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3 responses to “Trip Day 6 – Oregon Caverns

  1. Really great shots of the mule deer!
    Check for ticks, by the way.

    The cavern shots are good, too.

  2. Caving is indeed fun! Great shots. Love the sweet bambi close-ups!

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