With a music, the views, and the games we played, I didn't realize when 2 hours passed by and we reached our destination.
We got off, I stretched out my muscles and after some time we were off on the trail to view some fireflies. I had also retrofitted a bike phone stand onto my tripod so that I could take long exposure images and get the perfect shot of the fireflies.
While walking, I took out the tripod and tried adjusting it. To my utter and complete disappointment, the additions I made had broken when I was in the crowded train.
By the time I realized this, orders were yelled out telling us to turn off our flashlights and also disable flash on our cameras. Apparently it needs to be pitch dark for the fireflies to light up their butts, talk about performance anxiety!
We had come by a tree which was so lit, it seemed to have more fireflies than leaves. The scene was enough to quash my disappointment and I had decided to commit everything I see to memory and be more prepared the next time I will need to execute low light photography. At the time of writing, Tripod V2.0 is up and running and has addressed all the shortcomings of V1.
It was a 1 hour walk through a semi open trail, mostly lit by the moon with us operating our flashlights only when the moonlight was insufficient. The amount of fireflies that lined up on both sides of the trail were mesmerizing.
After that patch, we took a small pitstop because the route ahead was a steep ascend till we reach the caves.
The ascend lasted about 40 minutes and was a typical walk through the woods and the caves were finally visible.