Back on December 7th, I went to visit Carlsbad Caverns with my folks. I had visited the park on a road trip in November 2007 with my buddy Josh. I remember being very impressed with the formations and the lighting on the inside of the cave. We left the town of Carlsbad, New Mexico early in the morning and drove to the entrance of the park, where we found the park to be closed. Icy conditions delayed the opening of the park until around 10AM. We drove carefully up to the park entrance and a heavy fog, wind and below freezing temperatures greeted us to the park. I was excited because all things vertical were covered in hoar frost, which made a beautiful landscape to photograph. At the entrance to the cave, the warm air rising from inside the cave and the cold air sinking from outside created a awe-inspiring cloud feature. I was photographing the entrance when a park ranger approached me and we starting talking about photography. A few weeks prior on November 29th there had been a rare fog blanket in Grand Canyon NP over in Arizona, and a few photographers created a Timelapse video to showcase the rare event. The park ranger suggested if I wanted to create a video to share with them, and I got to work. I shot 400 stills from three angles. This short video shows the weather above ground, the entrance to the cave fog phenomena and also a quick highlight sideshow from the other cave formations. Original music created for this piece by my buddy and collaborator Cody Tucker.


On December 7th, 2013 Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the surrounding area was engulfed in a winter storm that brought hoar frost and cold temperatures to the entire southern region of New Mexico. This cold weather brought a rare inversion at the mouth of the main cave entrance at Carlsbad Caverns.

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