Steps and rock tunnel

Steps and rock tunnel, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio.


The story: Light in a dark place

The Hocking Hills region of Ohio has terrain much different from the rest of the state. Towering rock cliffs and deep caves line the sides of the Hocking River. 

But this feature surprised me when I first hiked the Old Man’s Cave trail in June 2006.

A tunnel carved through rock connects two portions of the trail. Hikers enter the tunnel by climbing down stairs also carved from rock. 

I walked down the steps, curious about what I would see outside the other end of the tunnel. For some reason, when I was about two-thirds the way through the tunnel, I looked back and saw how the light from the staircase played along the rock walls of the tunnel.

So I put my Canon 20D on a tripod, put on the Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 lens and grabbed a couple of shots. This exposure was 25 seconds at f/14 and ISO100.

I like this image because the light from the entrance retains detail of the wall deep into the blackness.