A unique and little known Idaho gem of a cave. It is a collapsed lava tube. The ferns growing in the ring are remnants left from the passing of the last ice age. I don’t think there are any native ferns for at least a couple hundred miles in any direction from this location. The surface is an arid lava desert, typical of southern Idaho, the complete antithesis to the damp and cool cave interior.
This place is totally rad to visit!
(If this is a composite, etc. please be honest with your techniques to help others learn)
- Oly EM10 - Oly 12-40 f/2.8 @12mm f/8 Bracketed shutter speed
- Totally a composite - HDR blend
There is a massive light difference from the opening at the top to the interior of the cave. HDR or exposure blending is really the only option at this location. Also, the light beam travels across the floor of the cave and is extremely bright. I tried the spot light on the floor hidden behind the ferns.