Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 28
The Sphinx

February 9, 2017, 19 pictures

Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Event participants who contributed to the making of these pictures: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Andrej Drevenšek - Vrtnar, Rok Brajkovič - Brajko, Marko Vogrič - Mare and Matej Blatnik.

Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2017.


To Škofov lom and Skednena jama Cave


34174. View of the shaft entrance to Jama v Škofovem lomu (cad. nr. 492) and the flooded Babni dol field, Jakovica hill and Mt. Planinska gora



34173. Closer view of the shaft with tree logs, broken during the February 2014 sleet, leaning over it; Brajko



34175. Jama Tau Tona cave entrance locked door is now also covered with two larger stones, fallen there during recent heavy machinery forestry works; Brajko.



34176. View south over the Planinsko polje field with Planina and Mt. Planinska gora in the background, from the viewpoint above the Pod stenami cliff



34178. Skednena jama cave - view north of the main tunnel, illuminated by the ceiling window; Brajko



34182. Recent warmer days have eaten up the ice curtain in the northern entrance considerably - only this ice pillar remained - with Brajko in a close ...



34186. ... and wider view.



Članska vas Village


34187. Another vegetable still life ...



34188. ... plus an apple compote with bread, peach and apple jam



Lower Part of the Cave, to Ground Zero


34189. Marjan, ascending from the excavation site



34190. Matej brought us fresh highlander spirit and carved away a sizeable rock chunk (in his hands) during the last push forward of today. It opened the way ...



34191. .. to this view of the cave continuation, after the end the small chamber, depicted here on January 25.



34192. The narrow meander does continue horizontally to the left of the chamber, yet it would be a grave mistake to move on in this direction. The air current is namely coming from a hole in the ground, below the sphinx-like rock formation in the center of this picture. The hole is partly blocked by stones which fell there during the excavation but the writer of these lines managed to throw a fist-sized stone in it and it fell down at least a meter.



Članska vas Village


34193. Žan at the bookkeeping business



34194. Mare at the table with mushroom-shaped chocolate biscuits. He was just posing - (he is) not a consumer of this kind of pastry. The table was cleaned of plastic bags before the picture was taken. Due to a most reasonable remark by one of the Gregor's caving buddies the author tried to find a suitable cloth bag replacement for the PVC store bags that usually litter the table but in vain. At the Ljubljana open market he was advised to turn to an elderly lady who occasionally sells them (besides aprons) but in the past week she was absent because of the poor weather.



34195. Andrej warming up at the stove



34196. Matej



34197. We only have three shots left! - Matej, Metod, Žan and Marjan at the table. It was to say that to get to a proper hall in Radošca (France predicted it will happen at the depth of 20 m) till the start of (metereological) spring on March 1, there are actually only three Wednesdays left. It will be tough but not impossible. And the answer will come soon enough.



34198. Night view of Članska vas with Brajko at the main door



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