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: Metod Di Batista, Janez Kanoni - Žan, Marjan Juvan - Manč, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Marko Vogrič - Mare, Igor Maksim Košir - Ičo and Jure Trenz.
Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2018.
40543. Mare just returned with Žan from a reconnaisance mission to the surroundings of the hunting lodge north of Kališka cesta road, more about its results towards the end of this report, yet he already had to depart to attend to his duties in the karst plain above the sea.
40544. Lurid bolete, Suillellus luridus (formerly Boletus luridus, not exactly tasty), svinjski goban in Slovenian, at the beech tree north of the shelter - top view ...
40563. ... and side view
40546. Žan with a freshly picked young penny bun, Boletus edulis, jurček in Slovenian, the best of its kin today
40542. Noon snack: cooked red lentils, cooked spinach, black cumin oil, garlic, buckwheat bread, mulberry jam, aronia juice with spinach water
40547. Cross section of eagle fern stem, Pteridium aquilinum, orlova praprot in Slovenian, clearly shows why the plant got its name.
40545. At the barbecue-to-be open fire: Ičo, Jure and Žan
40548. Manč is struggling with two buckets, Metod is behind him. He passed the buckets to Klok who moved them up the tunnel to the depot.
40549. The third bucket, just above the tunnel bend, accompanied by two rocks, too big to be transported in a bucket, it is easier to carry them separately.
40550. Manč with a rock, too large to carry - it can only be rolled upwards - taking care not to slip it down on a hand or leg.
40557. Manč and Metod already left, are on the way back to the entrance, making room for the photo description of the excavation site, recently deepened. Here the story begins - with the collapse at the end of the tunnel, supported by spruce beams and boards ...
40556. ... we continued to the right and down ...
40555. ... making this bypass not to trigger the collapse downfall.
40554. Below a large, hopefully firmly anchored rock ...
40552. ... this view opened up after the picture taker removed another bucket of crushed stones. A small hole opened up ...
40551. ... here in closer view. It is only about 20 cm long but could easily be widened. The most remarkable is the air current - firmly blowing, upwards, from the entire crack. How far it is till the collapse widens in a tunnel? Time will tell ...
40558. The cave entrance is situated at the northeastern rim of the collapse valley (udornica in Slovenian), with lush vegetation and many beautiful sights, especially against the sun and in this time of the year.
40559. Bride's feathers, Aruncus dioicus, kresničevje in Slovenian, a herald of the midsummer time, the summer solstice, is, despite the prolonged winter, early this year.
40560. Play of light towards the bottom of the collapse - with the slope of excavated rocks at the right side
40561. Geranium, from the Geraniaceae family, krvomočnica in Slovenian
40562. View across the collapse, from the trail to cave entrance
40564. View of the Veteran's alley (to be) that leads to the Najdena jama cave entrance.
40565. In the morning Žan and Mare were combing the terrain north of the hunting lodge to find a poorly documented small cave, very likely not explored as precisely as it is done nowadays. They could not find it but about 200 meters from the supposed location, on the way back, they discovered this small entrance with a shaft below it. The photographer came up with an idea of the above name because three small lime bushes grow around the entrance.
40566. Sun and clouds through the green canopy above the entrance
40567. A selfie at the entrance, from the south
40568. The entrance is narrow, one could barely get through, but below if the shaft opens up ...
40569. ... along a larger fissure.
40571. The photographer took a 3 m long dry branch, attached a headlight to its thicker end and lowered it into the shaft. It reached the bottom and, after some turning, illuminated top of a meander leading further down.
40571 (cropped). In this enlargement from the previous picture a skull of a deer is seen and it is also very likely that excavation will be required to get further down. To be registered as a cave 10 meters of either length or depth are required. A new cave in Lanski vrh, however, is a rare and most respectful event. Kudos to Žan and Mare!
40572. A meadow of daisies
40573. View west from the top of the sand quarry
40574. View of Martinj hrib, once a village, now a Logatec suburb
40575. View of downtown Logatec, from the southwest
40576. An opulent grove of wild carrot, Daucus carota, korenjavec in the local parlance, on top of the hill
Najdena jama / NewFound Cave Veteran's Day, May 26 Zilja River Valley, June 12 and 13
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