Photographer's Note

In the episode Identity Crisis of Star Trek TNG, Geordi LaForge meets an old friend with whom he had served aboard the Victory. She tells La Forge that several of their crewmates from an Away team to Tarchannen III have disappeared. Shortly after, she starts to transform into an alien being. Geordi also becomes infected, but before he is transformed into an alien, it is discovered that shadow aliens on the planet have implanted a parasite into the away team members that turns them into the aliens. This is how they procreate. La Forge is rescued and given an antidote that stops the transformation.
This scene reminded me of that episode of Star Trek when I saw it. However, we were not on Tarchanen III. We were not even on Earth! We were deep in the earth, in Mammoth Cave. The cave was illuminated from the sides at this point and a tour group had stopped to listen to their tour guide. They were very still and the lateral illumination cast these eerie shadows on the cave wall.
I found out that my DSLR was useless in the cave. It could not focus. I had my point-and-shoot set for "Night Landscape" mode and used a monopod in this section.
Tomorrow, we head back home. I have taken enough photos to last a lifetime of uploading at the rate of one per day, but I will not bore you with every one of them. I will come back to this trip from time to time to upload other photos.
(Since the GPS of my camera did not work underground, map coordinates are for the Visitors' Center)

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