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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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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
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Heh, yeah!
fire-kitty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aweee, I love bats.
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Me too! :aww:
Oscelot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
awww.. they're adorable! they look nice and cozy and snuggly ^_^ nice shot!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hee, at the very least! Thanks :)
shell4art Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
National Geographic is accepting entries. You really should submit this.

Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Seriously? Where??
And thank you! :hug:
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
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah I saw that in other places, totally awesome!
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