• wow - Dircinha -
  • amazing depth~! - Chikorita
  • In springtime the level of the Reka river will be much higher

A journey to the center of the Earth at the Škocjan Caves

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Ranking among the most important caves in the world, the Škocjan Caves represent the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia. Due to their exceptional significance, the Škocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the Caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. From time immemorial, people have been attracted to the gorge where the Reka River disappears underground as well as the mysterious cave entrances. The Reka River sinks under a rocky wall; on the top of it lies the village of Škocjan after which the Caves are named. Archaeological research has shown that people lived in the caves and the surrounding area in prehistoric times – from the Mesolithic, the Neolithic, the Bronze and Iron Ages through Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present; altogether for more than 5,000 years. The Škocjan Caves have a highly multi-branched system of cave passages totalling 6.2 kilometres. The Caves have 11 speleological structures that are interconnected by means of the Reka River or collapse dolines. The shifting of the sinkholes in contact with the underground caves caused the formation of numerous collapsed dolines. The sinkhole fascinate every visitor with their depth of 163 meters as well as great floral and faunal diversity. The best view of both sinkholes, with their natural bridge and the cave that separate them, is from Miklov skedenj, named after the local explorer Franc Cerkvenik.

In Slovenia we visit the amazing Škocjan Caves where photography is not allowed. But not for me of-course ;-) I kept my LX3 hidden well, but the light is minimum in the giant cave which makes it hard to make any decent photo. This photo was taken on my knee at 1/8s, F2.0 and ISO800. Visitors crossing the Cerkvenik Bridge above the Reka River in the mysterious underground cave. The sinkholes fascinate every visitor with their depth of 163 meters. it seems to retrace part of Jules Verne's book Journey to the center of the Earth..

De Grotten van Skocjan, Skocjanske jame, liggen in het zuidwesten van Slovenië niet ver van Postojna. Het druipsteengrottenstelsel van Skocjan is ca. 6 km lang en ligt langs rivier de Reka, die hier op een diepte van 200 m door de Grotten van Skocjan stroomt. Rivier de Reka stroomt over een lengte van 38 km ondergronds door meerdere grotten in het Sloveens karstgebied. De Grotten van Skocjan vormen de grootste ondergrondse canyon ter wereld. Vanaf het bezoekerscentrum maakt men onder leiding van een gids een wandeling naar de ingang van de Grotten van Skocjan. Warme kleding en wandelschoenen zijn nodig voor de ondergrondse tocht van zo'n 2 tot 3 uur langs o.a. de Stille Grot en de Grote Zaal. In de Müllerzaal stort de Reka zich van verschillende hoogtes met woest geraas naar beneden, men loopt over een in de wand van de grot uitgehakt smal pad, over een 50 m boven de woest stromende Reka gelegen bruggetje, langs donderende watervallen en door de Martel's Chamber, de grootste grot ter wereld. De bezoeker wordt gefascineerd door de diepte van een zinkgat van maar liefst 163 meter. De Rimstone Pools' Hall is een grot met druipsteenformaties in de vorm van elfenbankjes. Eenmaal buiten ziet men de Reka met donderend geraas de Grotten van Skocjan uitstromen. In de Grotten van Skocjan is fotograferen niet toegestaan. Maar ja dat heb ik maling aan natuurlijk. De Grotten van Skocjan werden in 1986 Werelderfgoed en staan ingeschreven op de Werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO als: Skocjan Caves.

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  1. Lopamudra! 32 months ago | reply

    What an experience !!
    Wonderful photograpy, my dear Ben !!


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

  2. ~ Floydian ~  32 months ago | reply

    geweldig Ben......mooie plaat.....heel bijzonder

  3. Rita Crane Photography 32 months ago | reply

    love this mysterious quality.

  4. prdsra 32 months ago | reply

    Compliments, I like it; Please add this photo to
    "as beautiful as you want" group

  5. 2Santoss 32 months ago | reply

    Hola Ben,

    How are you?
    A fantastic adventure!
    kisses,

    Beth

  6. Tony Borrach 32 months ago | reply

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  7. Boby Pirovics 32 months ago | reply

    totally speechless

  8. Blunder 32 months ago | reply

    Dit gedeelte van de tour had ik persoonlijk overgeslagen. Je krijgt mij met geen tien paarden die brug op.

  9. B℮n 32 months ago | reply

    @Blunder overslaan is niet mogelijk. Er is maar één weg en terug gaan alleen is erg donker.

  10. BananaRaw  32 months ago | reply

    Heel knappe mysterieuze plaat!

  11. toleman.hart 32 months ago | reply

    impressive capture!

  12. artLesley* 31 months ago | reply

    oh my goodness!!!!

  13. carlafierro7 31 months ago | reply

    that is such a great shot .. i do not think i could go there though .. i suffer from high anxiety! ha ha

  14. Glenn Gilbert 31 months ago | reply

    AMAZING SHOT!
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  15. agedsenator 27 months ago | reply

    NOW THIS IS ART!

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