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The Bat Cave by Majnouna The Bat Cave by Majnouna
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

While visiting Isurumuniya Vihara, the rock temple, I heard telltale squeaking – lots of it. It came from a crevice in the rock, just beside the temple. I approached in disbelief... and ran back to the van to get my telephoto. Inside the crevice, where it is forever shaded but only inches from the part of the stone that is constantly sun-baked, the rock was covered in a fluttering, squeaking, furry mantle... Dozens if not hundreds of bats roosted huddled for the day. I never imagined I would see such a thing without having to dive deep into a cave far from sunlight and human presence! I was completely fascinated – I love bats, even though such a swarm of them is borderline creepy (I later caught a much more hair-rising glimpse of another bat-inhabited dark space, in a temple, in the gap between two walls).

I did not use a flash, naturally, but the telephoto allowed me to zoom in close enough to crop out any bright areas, forcing the film to pick up details in the darkness. I myself only saw the details after the picture was printed, though. It was one of those happy surprises I like so much about film :D
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:iconsonne-of-sun:
Sonne-of-Sun Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
they look like fungi growing on the tree bark when the pic is made smaller XD
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Heh, yeah!
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:iconfire-kitty:
fire-kitty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aweee, I love bats.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Me too! :aww:
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
awww.. they're adorable! they look nice and cozy and snuggly ^_^ nice shot!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hee, at the very least! Thanks :)
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:iconshell4art:
shell4art Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
National Geographic is accepting entries. You really should submit this.

Awesome.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Seriously? Where??
And thank you! :hug:
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godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
ive seen the same place several time u should see the way they come out when the sun goes down really amazing, its remind me the bat man movie where the batmanlogo appears with full of bats :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah I saw that in other places, totally awesome!
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:icongodwantsudead:
godwantsudead Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
yeah awsome so u have rocked in my country lucky u
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:iconkyndelfire:
Kyndelfire Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
This is a fantastic shot! They're so cute! :heart:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aren't they? Squee!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I love reading your captions as much as looking at your pictures. You put so much thought into your writing, it really adds to the image. Another great job! :thumbsup:

And wow, all those bats... I like them well enough, but there's so many of them, I'm almost creeped out looking at 'em!b
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you! It's good to be appreciated :)
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:icondczed:
DCZed Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
What I wouldn't give to walk through there :love: They're adorable, great picture :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
That would cause quite a special effect :D Yes they are, thanks!
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:icondczed:
DCZed Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
:aww:
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:iconblueseas:
blueseas Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
lol. Aaaah!

Cool though.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yup.
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ClearCanvas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
awwww!!! lol i thought this was gonna be 'bout batman :XD:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
I know ;)
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ClearCanvas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
:iconorlyowlplz:
am i allowed to know
how you know
what i think?
???
lol
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's no difficult to figure some people are going to think it's about Batman, since the reference was deliberate :shrug:
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ClearCanvas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
really? darn!
lol i hadnt the slightest idea!
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:iconredchinese:
redchinese Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Student General Artist
that is totally cool
i've never seen bats where i live though
maybe its too cold?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Maybe, or it could be too urbanized.
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:iconredchinese:
redchinese Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Student General Artist
that too
no caves anywhere near C:
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:iconhindorf:
Hindorf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
ohh scary
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
:fear:
;)
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:iconhindorf:
Hindorf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
:fear: *shiver *
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crystalAlluvion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Ohmigosh. That gives me the jibblies. D: It's cool, but bizarre at the same time... More cool than bizarre, though.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I know what you mean :XD:
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
I love bats! But... I agree with you... seeing so much of them huddled together could transform my love into something very similar to goosebumps... :giggle:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, exactly!
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:iconmind-of-mystery:
Mind-of-mystery Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
wow! amazing capture...there are SO many!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, gosh!
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Bats are creepy? They're furballs with wings! They're the cutest ever! :)
Actually, the only thing keeping me from cuddling a bat is the fact that it may have rabies. :(
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
know, they're sooo cuuuute!
Hmm. :|
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
It's not that much of a surprise - une personne avertie must always be aware that tetanus and/or rabies are always there in wild animals. Just be careful. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
I don't interfere with wild animals in the first place :shrug:
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
I'd rather not either, but when there's one in the bathtub or under the closet... you know, I gently send it outside, and that way everyone is happy.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Haha yeah...
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That actually looks cool.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah :)
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:iconaribasultan:
aribasultan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Awesome :D Love bats, they're fascinating creatures to be around
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yes, and so cute!
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:iconaribasultan:
aribasultan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
That they are - well, at least until the little gits start biting then its time to run lol
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Do they? Unless they're vampires, that is :lol:
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aribasultan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
I know they do with cattle, and I've seen people with bat bites before. Not vicious though, its only when they're initially agitated themselves
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