A little research on NorthClaw. Caves,beaches and bluffs.

When I was in grade school, my gifted students class went on several-day field trip to,among other places, Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee.I didn’t have a camera then, but a lot of the wondrous things I saw when we camped overnight in the caves are forever burned into my memory. Here’s a good section of the Caverns’ official photo gallery,which gives a good look into my inspiration for the interior of our dragon’s cave.

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This area has water running through it, but you can’t really tell unless you look closely. The size and shape of it look perfect for the huge chamber in which our dragon  sleeps on his piles upon piles of coins and treasure.

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This low-ceilinged area would be another spot where he would keep his treasure hoard. Because of the wet, salty sea environment, he wouldn’t have any hoarded textile items,like tapestries and paintings, but mostly things of metal and stone.

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This was the room where we ate breakfast after a night of camping in the cave! This I can completely see as a sort of main chamber–like a hallway/living area. The overhang area off to the left is perfect for a room carved out and set aside for a human companion.

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This is the area where we camped out in the caverns. There is plumbing and electricity down there, so you have some minimal lighting and–thank god–toilets and sinks. And you know what? It’s cold. I mean, bone-chilling, sleeping-on-rock-floor cold. But so amazing.
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Somehow, this looks like it would lead to the mouth of our dragon’s cave.Maybe a little less treacherous footing, though.

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The dragon’s underground fresh water source.

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Another neat view.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into the natural beauty that is Cumberland Caverns! It’s definitely in my mind for my story use.

Now, take a look at the location for the exterior. Our dragon “hero” actually is from this location, the Wirral Caves.

My friend Terri suggested these caves that are across the mouth of the Irish Sea from Liverpool(I forgot the actual body of water–the Dee Estuary, I think), and after looking up the area and seeing these pics she sent, it is hands-down perfect.

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Terri writes: “You can’t see them very well in these pics because (friend)Donna wasn’t dressed for heading down on the beach, but, if you look closely, you’ll see holes in the cliffs (actually, they’re more like ‘bluffs’) – those are the caves. If you look at the pic with people closer to the cliffs, you can get a sense of just how large these caves are. “

Like i said, Terri, PERFECT!!

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