Into the Caves: ‘The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek’ [35 PICS]

April 24th, 2014 Permalink

Amazing caves are located all over the globe, different types in a wide variety of sizes are waiting to be explored. Some folks call it caving, spelunking, or even potholing, but it’s all an adventure…at least until something goes wrong and then cavers are called in to rescue spelunkers. It’s been said that “the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” While in the mood to go caving, we cruised 500px for creative captures of caves with creative common licenses. Here are the cave photo treasures we found. [35 Photos]

Birds, sunlight and a temple inside Batu Caves in Malaysia

We searched for a “cave” and found a “Light of Hope.” Birds, sunlight and a temple inside Batu Caves in Malaysia. Batu Caves, a series of caves and cave temples, is a popular Hindu shrine and tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur. “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek,” ~ quote by Joseph Campbell. Photo #1 by Danny Xeero

Cave along New Zealand beach

“Oblivion” was the title given to this cool cave shot, which was also tagged with New Zealand beach. Photo #2 by Danny Xeero

Popular cave for surfers, cave leads to beach near Uluwatu Temple in Bali

Cave under Uluwatu. “This is one of my favorite surf beaches in Bali,” noted the photographer. In 7 Sea Temples of the beautiful island paradise Bali #2 is an aerial shot looking down at Uluwatu Temple and #10 is one of many monkeys that inhabit the temple. The cliffs are impressive, but this scenic cave is very popular with surfers; it leads up to a beach close to Uluwatu Temple. Photo #3 by Danas DANULIS Macijauskas

Aurora seen from a cave in Norway

“A creative and somewhat unusual composition for an Aurora Borealis shot,” wrote the photographer who is “still convinced it’s the entrance to Batman’s secret lair….I just couldn’t resist setting up my gear…and just as I had done some exposures for the foreground, the Aurora show started. Location: Vesterålen in Northern Norway.” Photo #4 by Stian Klo

Tham Lod Cave in the Mae Hong Son Wilderness, Northern Thailand

“One of the most spectacular natural caves I’ve ever adventured into,” said the photographer of Tham Lod Cave in the Mae Hong Son Wilderness, Northern Thailand. “The Lod is a natural limestone cave system, its main feature is the freshwater stream which runs through the middle of the cave for about 200-300 meters. Inside it’s walls are covered with massive formations and columns over 20 meters high, making you feel like very insignificant. Right in the middle of the cave there is no artificial light, so to explore the caverns inside you need a guide with lantern to show you around. This photo was taken just inside the exit of the cave, standing on one of the 50 meter columns overlooking some kayakers making their way downstream after paddling through it. The funnest way to explore the cave is on the water, hiring a kayak from Cave Lodge, and with an experienced guide you can do 2-6 hours kayaking downstream to many more amazing caves. It’s such a rush, and easily the most fun I had in Southeast Asia.” Photo #5 by Drew Hopper

Cave overlooking lake in autumn

“Against the Sky” is all the more the photographer shared about this autumn scene seen from a cave overlooking a lake. Photo #6 by Jourdan Laik

Cave formed by natural bridge in Morocco

The photographer looks tiny from under the natural bridge of Imi n’Ifri @ Morocco. It too showed up under “cave” when searching for your armchair travel adventure. Photo #7 by Daniel Santos

Mt Hood glacial cave

“Pure Imagination.” The photographer added, “One of Mt. Hood’s amazing glacial caves. A truly wonderful place that stole my heart. If you look out over the clouds you can see Mt. Hood’s shadow. It was truly spectacular. I can’t wait to get back.” Photo #8 by Andy Best

Eyes of the cave

“Eyes of the cave.” F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide.” Photo #9 by ismail su

Myanmar cave and temple in Southeast Asia, sunlight shining on novice

“The cave and novice,” wrote the photographer of this cave in Myanmar. Photo #10 by Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Little girl standing in the sunlight piercing Derek Cave, Oregon

“Standing In the Light,” is how the photographer titled this photo of his daughter reaching for the sky. “At the beginning of Derek Cave, an evacuated lava tube in central Oregon, USA, there are a few spots where the ceiling has caved in due to proximity to the ground above. After exploring the cave for an hour (an, oh my, is it ever dark down there) we were returning to the surface when I noticed a light patch on the ground.” Photo #11 by Peter West Carey

Caving in the Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains National Park, Australia

Caving in the Grand Canyon at Blue Mountains National Park, Australia. Photo #12 by Lewis Fogerty

Heaven Cave sinkhole in the Toros Mountains, Turkey

“Heaven Cave.” The photographer added, “Cennet and Cehennem (English: heaven and hell) are the names of two big sinkholes on the Toros Mountains, in Mersin Province, Turkey. The sinkholes are among the touristic attractions of the province. Cennet and Cehennem are situated next to each other.” Photo #13 by Engin Asil

Light painting in Cave Olsztyn at the Hawk Mountain Nature Reserve in Poland

A sparkler going off in a cave (Olsztyńska jaskinia) is likely something you don’t see every day. Light painting in Cave Olsztyn at the Hawk Mountain Nature Reserve in Poland. Photo #14 by Q’bot Q’botcenko

Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China

Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China. “If there hadn’t been women, we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” ~ quote by Orson Welles. Photo #15 by Adam Allegro

Ice Cave at Matthiessen State Park

Ice Cave at Matthiessen State Park. The bluish hues reminded the photographer of the Game of Thrones. Photo #16 by Darek Markiewicz

The stream flow through Iceland's Crystal Cave

The stream flow through Iceland’s Crystal Cave. Photo #17 by Joshua Warrender

Buddhist Temple inside a cave near Hanoi

“Perfume Pagoda,” the photographer titled this shot. “Buddhist Temple inside a cave near Hanoi.” Photo #18 by Adam Allegro

Rappel waterfall in Cave Creek, just outside Zion National Park

Rappelling, canyoneering at Cave Creek. The photographer noted, “John Corbin descends a long waterfall in Cave Creek, just outside Zion National Park.” Photo #19 by Nick Wilkes

Beautiful Gibraltar at Sunrise from a cave

Beautiful Gibraltar at Sunrise. The photographer wrote, “The view of the sunrise from a cave on Mediterranean Steps, Gibraltar. This must have been what attracted the neanderthals to the area.” Photo #20 by Jayden Benyunes

Huyen Khong cave Marble mountain, Da Nang, Vietnam

Huyen Khong cave, Marble mountain in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo #21 by Stian Rekdal

Touching moment, couple hold hands in a cave

“Holding your hand until the end of the world.” Photo #22 by Yibin Shao

Under Noccalula Falls, Alabama cave

“Torrent at the Cave Mouth,” titled the photographer. Under Noccalula Falls, in Alabama. Photo #23 by Jeff Grundman

Underwater Comino Caves

Underwater at Comino Caves in the Maltese Islands. Photo #24 by Kurt Arrigo

Cave diving in Florida, setting the cavern line

Cave diving in Florida, setting the cavern line so the divers can easily find their way back out. Photo #25 by Ryan Hicks

Organ in a cave in Virginia

Underground Organ. The photographer added, “The end of the Luray Caverns tour in Virginia, USA. This organ can play music throughout the entire cave system.” Photo #26 by Nicholas Baer

Cave room inside Orheiul Vechi Monastery

The photographer wrote, “Inside the Orheiul Vechi Monastery carved in a massive limestone cliff.” The Cave Monastery is located in Moldova and overlooks “the gently meandering Răut River. It was dug by Orthodox monks in the 13th century and remained inhabited until the 18th century. In 1996, a handful of monks returned to this secluded place of worship and are slowly restoring it.” Photo #27 by Nick Laborde

Beach Cave

Beach Cave. “All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides.” ~ quote by Gloria Vanderbilt. Photo #28 by Hugh Nelson

Kayaking inside an ice cave, Glacier Iceberg landscape

Kayaking inside an ice cave. Glaciers in Alaska. Photo #29 by Piriya Wongkongkathep

Rainbow Cave, frozen waterfall in Minnesota

Rainbow Cave, frozen waterfall at Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Going behind Minnehaha Falls is tons of fun year round, but during the Winter it freezes into an ice cave that makes it is out of this world. The beautiful cave formed by the frozen 53 foot high urban waterfall is easily accessible by foot with just a short hike. The bright blue glowing ice feels grotto behind the waterfalls and quickly turns into a multi-colored sheet of rainbowed ice as the light shines through.” Photo #30 by dreyco676

Human-Shaped Entrance to a Cavate Cliff Dwelling in New Mexico

Human-Shaped Entrance to a Cavate Cliff Dwelling in New Mexico. Photo #31 by Thomas Shahan

Cave Opening, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

“One of the openings to the many cave systems located in the islands of Ha Long Bay.” The photographer added, “The intensity of the midday sun gave a nice lighting effect.” Photo #32 by Ben Ashmole

Entrance to a cave at Backbone State Park

“Entrance To Nowhere,” is the title from the photographer, but he added, “Entrance to a cave at Backbone State Park.” It was Iowa’s first state park. Photo #33 by Anthony Bopp

Cave silhouette in France

Meanwhile from France comes this cave silhouette. “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.” ~ quote by Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time. Photo #34 by Nicolas Ilinski

Los Farallones cave at night

Into the cave…on a full moon night. This photo was taken in Los Farallones, a group of islands and sea stacks off the coast of San Francisco, California. Photo #35 by Humans Media Group

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