Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 72
Snow and Ice

March 1, 2018, 23 pictures

          Most images are approximately 768 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Event participants who contributed to the making of these pictures and related persons: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Marjan Baričič, Jože Pristavec - Joc, Sandi Jerič, Jurij Kunaver - Vili and Pavel Kunaver.

          Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2018.

Članska vas Village


39199. Marjan, Žan, Gregor and Metod - Žan is explaining the marvel of drones - at the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang an army of 1218 drones was applied for the best celestial light show to date.



39200. A snack: cooked chickpeas, barley bread, black cumin oil, garlic, peach, aronia juice with hot water



39201. Snow shovelling dream team: Metod, Žan, Marjan and Gregor in front of the shelter ...



39202. ... and on the way to Radošca cave. Here only Gregor has a shovel, for eventual snow trail corrections and for possible intervention at the cave entrance.



Radošca / Radoshitza Cave Entrance


39203. The entrance was in deep snow.



39204. Žan immediately ...



39205. ... lowered the thermometer sensor deeper into the entrance for better exposure.



39206. In the end the figure settled at 6.2 degrees C, not bad as the outer temperature was considerably sub-zero.



39207. Žan and Marjan - Would we go in and dig?



39208. The entrance was not frozen, but in the end only Metod ventured inside about an hour later, not to dig but to measure the temperature at the excavation site bottom. It was 7.8 degrees C (and 7.4 degrees at the entrance).



Članska vas Village


39210. The senior member of the team, Jurij published a book about his father Pavel Kunaver, one of the first DZRJL members (joined soon after the society was founded in 1910). The project took many years to see the light of day, but was well worth the wait, as attested by the above review, published by Samo Rugelj in Vikend (issue 1317), weekly supplement of the leading Slovenian daily, Delo (The publication herein is by courtesy of Samo Rugelj).



39211. It was cold, the weather was heavily overcast but the sun (a good description of it would be zubato sunce in Serbian) nevertheless peeked through, if not for warmth, then at least for lifting the spirits, for good impression.



Skednena jama Cave


39212. The February wind storm brought down many spruces of the few which still remained in the Lanski vrh forest after the February 2014 sleet and the following onslaught of spruce bark beetle. One happened to fall over the southern entrance of Skednena jama cave. The photographer visited the cave often, since 1966, but never such a sight opened to him.



39213. View of the entrance from the inside - Sandi is climbing in over the spruce tree top branches.



39221. Author's selfie with a view of the northern cave entrance from the inside ...



39215. ... here surrounded only by the frozen curtain from the rain/melted snow water conducting ceiling fissure and ...



39216. ... with a closer view of the icicle grove center



39218. Detail of the frozen water bubbles and the solid ice below the curtain



39220. Icicles on the ceiling



39222. Sandi at the outer side of the bend in the main cave gallery



39223. View of the bend and Sandi from the inner part of the gallery where daylight wanes and the use of light (by Joc lower left, for instance) is advisable.



39225. Joc, also a keen photographer since 10 years ago, in action



39226. View of Članska vas shelter from the trail Skednena jama cave - Vajzova cesta road



  Pekel pri Borovnici / Hell Gorge at Borovnica, February 28     Annual General Meeting of DZRJL, Ljubljana, March 1  

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