I took this picture in October of this past year at the Virgin Falls state natural area in Sparta, Tennessee. These are the hidden caves at the base of Virgin Falls. They are normally hidden behind a torrent of rushing water but due to the drought, they were quite visible. They are nearly unreachable, however, and can only be accessed by rapelling down from the top of the falls. There is a danger of being lost in the mountain. These falls drain back into the mountain via a large hole at the bottom. From what ive been told, noone knows how deep this hole is and numerous people have been lost after falling into it, never to be seen again. I tried to access the caves from.the base of the falls but everything down there is coated in slippery algae and there's a large nest of giant Japanese hornets living beneath the rocks and debris. They kept flying into me, bouncing of my chest as a warning so I didn't stick around to get stung.
In addition to being a good photographer, you are also a good writer. I enjoy a photo so much more when there is a story to go with it! Nice!
Talented artist Billy Barkley opens First Street Gallery in Snohomish. The gallery, located at 1024 First Street, Suite 103 - Snohomish, WA 98290 will be displaying art by Billy Barkley as well as other up and coming Northwest artists ~There will be a Pre-opening function on January 28th at 3 PM.
Billy is a young, innovative artist destined to make waves in the art world, with a digital and fine art portfolio featuring extreme versatility in multiple mediums. He has spent the majority of his life involved in audio arts and has found a very natural path into the visual arts. As the founder of many successful art groups in social media forums, he helps to inspire other artists to find their potential and share their art with the world on an international level. Billy invites you to follow his journey as he paves the road of imagination and defines what art may emulate as we enter into the future.
I took this picture from inside of the cave at Lost Creek Falls and Cave state natural area in Sparta, Tennessee. It was 97 degrees that day but the air in the cave was 50. That temperature difference, coupled with all the moisture from underground rivers, caused these clouds to form inside the mouth of the cave. The cave entrance is wide enough to fit a 2 lane highway, comfortably
Thinking of warmer days today... I took this picture back in July of this past year at the Lost Creek Falls and Cave state natural area in Sparta, Tennessee. It was sunny and 97 degrees that day. Hoever, standing near the falls, it was in the 50s due to the cold cave air blasting out of every opening in the mountain. The drastic difference in temperatures caused a thick mist to form, which reflected the blue sky above peeking through openings in the tree canopy. Loads of moisture from the falls and underground rovers and falls caused a lush emerald carpet of moss to grow on everything. In front of the falls, there is a sea of mossy slippery boulders and rocks and just one large sycamore tree. It's truly a magical place.