Though the Grotto, near Cyprus Lake, is the main attraction along this side of the northern peninsula, I prefer finding quieter places to explore and photograph.
Concealed behind the ancient evergreens in this scene is a unique cave with two openings along the cliff-face. I camped in this cave on an August night this summer after driving 3.5 hours from home and then hiking for 2 hours over massive rocks with a 60 pound pack.
My night involved some wild moments such experiencing severe dehydration, getting 115 mosquito bites (yes, I counted), and having a bear enter my cave.
The bear came into my cave while I was waiting in my tent between sunset hours and complete darkness. I was killing time reading"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis when I loud snort echoed through the cave. I banged my machete on the rocks to make noise and scare the bear away...and though he kept coming back, it seemed that he was gone for good after 45 minutes.
The trouble was, it was after this encounter that I had to do all my night shooting...and I couldn't have my flashlight on during most of my long exposures or the shots would be ruined...so I would take a 30 sec exposure and then click on my light immediately after the shutter closed and shine it around to see if the bear was back to get a taste of me.
The most disappointing thing about this night was the fact that the Milky Way was well over the top of the cliffs...so the type of starscapes I had hiked out to get were not to be had. Regardless, I was able to light this scene and capture the tail end of the Milky Way trail - not exactly what I had in mind but I'm still happy with this.