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Another of the many galleries of the Mira de Aire caves in Portugal.

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Discovered by a Terena Indian in 1924, the dimensions of the blue lake inside this cave is so huge that make it one of the world's largest flooded cavity. In 1992, a Franco-Brazilian expedition of specialized cave divers, found a series of mammal fossils such as tiger-toothed saber and giant sloth, which lived during the Pleistoceno geologic period - 6000 to 10.000 years ago.

 

After 100m downhill, an intense deep blue lake is found, which an estimated depth of 90m. With its geologic formation, not only the celling, but also the floor is covered by speleothems of may shapes and sizes.

(I think I might have a thing for sunbursts :-)))

 

Vela Spila (Engl. Big Cave) is a cave situated above the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula, Croatia, at an elevation of approximately 130 meters. The cave consists of an elliptically shaped cavern that measures 40 meters in length, 17 meters in height, and is approximately 40 meters wide. There are two openings in the roof of the cave as well, which were caused by a collapse of the cavern roof.

 

There are Mesolithic and Neolithic findings in the cave that date back to 7380-7080 BC. Radiocarbon dating has also shown that there was human activity going back 20 000 years. In 1986, remains of two adults where found. Scientific research dated their bodies back to late Neolithic times. The local towns people of Vela Luka call them Baba and Dida, meaning Grandma & Grandpa.

 

Further excavations between 2001 and 2006, produced 36 ceramic artifacts dated to the late Upper Palaeolithic period, about 17,500 to 15,000 years ago. These finds are the only examples of ceramic figurative art in southeastern Europe during the Upper Palaeolithic. (from Wikipedia)

Cave in Vieste - Italy

Cederberg Wilderness Area, South Africa.

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One of Thailand’s most beautiful and certainly the most photographed one is the Phraya Nakhon cave in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, about a 45 minutes drive South of Hua Hin. The Phraya Nakhon cave consists of two chambers. The ceiling of both chambers are open allowing the rays of the sun to come inside, illuminating the caves giving it a mystical appearance.

A view through Luon Cave in Ha Long Bay, which passes through a limestone karst island at this beautiful UNESCO Heritage Site. Small boats can pass under the stalactites that are reflected in the turquoise water in this image where you can see through to the light on the other side.

Bears' Cave (Peștera Urșilor) is located the western Apuseni Mountains, on the outskirts of Chişcău village, Bihor County, northwestern Romania. It was discovered in 1975 by "Speodava", an amateur speleologist group.

 

Bears' Cave received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site in 1983. The cave bear, also known as "Ursus Spelaeus", is a species of bear which became extinct during the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.

Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo, NZ.

 

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How many million years of age is this cave again??

 

I took this shot almost in a pitch dark condition and was able to get away with hand holding the camera at a shutter speed of 1/8 sec and at ISO12800. The image stablization of the lens definitely helped a lot and I took two to three successive shots so that I could merge them in post for noise cancellation. This technique definitely helps when tripod and flash are not allowed at this kind of venue.

Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo, NZ.

 

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Bears' Cave (Peștera Urșilor) is located the western Apuseni Mountains, on the outskirts of Chişcău village, Bihor County, northwestern Romania. It was discovered in 1975 by "Speodava", an amateur speleologist group.

 

Bears' Cave received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site in 1983. The cave bear, also known as "Ursus Spelaeus", is a species of bear which became extinct during the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.

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Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

 

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Postojna Caves is a 15 mile long cave system in Slovenia. It sports a two million year old series of caverns, halls and passages and was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters a subterranean tunnel near the cave’s entrance.

 

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A small cave entrance in the cliffs at Flamborough opens out into a huge carvern. The headland is pretty much hollow the cave interior is so vast.

It is know as Robin Lythe's cave and was used by smugglers in times past.

 

In this shot this father and daughter who were exploring the cave gave a good sense of scale.

The caves of Toulinguet, peninsula of Crozon

Giant Chasm of Cabrespine. One of the largest caves in the world open to the public - 80 metres long and 220 metres high.

Smoo Cave is a large combined sea cave and freshwater cave in Durness in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland.

 

I didn't flash - the light on the rocks is ambient lighting.

Orient Cave Jenolan - what's around the corner?

According to Greek legend, Odysseus (Ulysses) was shipwrecked on Mljet Island and swam to this cave where he met a beautiful nymph called Calypso and stayed on the island of Mljet, captivated by the nymph, for the next seven years.

 

Odysseus Cave is a large karst hole that looks like a 30-meter deep pit. There are two entrances to the cave: one from the seaside via a small and low tunnel (in the photo) and another one from on high. However, the land access to the cave should not be attempted (speaking from experience) as it is a very steep, slippery and perilous descent that should, in all honesty, be closed off to the public before someone gets killed trying to get down there.

 

Postojna Cave was carved by the Pivka River over millions of years. There are stalagmites, stalactites, and formations called curtains or draperies that look like folded curtains.

The cave system is 24.12 kilometers long and is made up of four caves interconnected through the same underground river.

 

The cave was first described in the 17th century by the pioneer of study of karst phenomena, Johann Weikhard von Valvasor. In 1818, when the cave was being prepared for a visit by Francis I, the first Emperor of the Austria-Hungary, a new area of the cave was discovered accidentally.

 

In 1872, cave rails were laid along with first cave train for tourists. At first, these were pushed along by the guides themselves, later at the beginning of the 20th century a gas locomotive was introduced.

 

During World War II, German occupying forces used the cave to store nearly 1,000 barrels of aircraft fuel, which were destroyed in April 1944 by Slovene Partisans. The fire burned for seven days, destroying a large section of the cave and blackening the entrance.

 

After 1945, the gas locomotive was replaced by an electric one. About 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) of the cave system are open to the public.

From Wikipedia

Shot from the Knysna Heads looking across to Featherbed Nature Reserve (which is currently closed due to the fire damage)

 

Two enormous cave entries on the banks of the ocean. Would have loved to get to see these close-up but we it's all closed off at moment due to the fires from June. \the perspective doesn't quite do the scale of this justice

It is well known for its native Arawak drawings on the wall, which were decoratively etched by Amerindians on the stones walls and flatter roof portion of the cave in brownish-red colour or reddish brown or purplish colour; this in turn gives a clue to the history of the Amerindians

Calypso Cave is located in a cliff just off Xaghra; overlooking Gozo’s most sought-after sandy beach, Ramla Bay.

 

This site is thought to be the same cave Homer mentioned in `The Odyssey' where Calypso, the beautiful nymph, kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love' for seven years.

 

Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed with her, but he escaped when he could, and returned to his wife Penelope.

Newdegate Cave in Tasmania.

Don and I along with a friend of ours from Chicago and the family hung out in Branson, Mo this past weekend. While we were there we toured a couple of caves. It was a pretty cool experience but my calves are still sore from climbing so many stairs. I think that means I need to get out and walk and ride my bike more. We leave for San Diego this Saturday.

Phraya Nakhon Cave is in Kui Buri District. It is managed by Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is about 500 meters from Laem Sala beach and approximately 17 kilometers north of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Tourists can go to the cave by renting a boat or by walking across Tian Mountain. After that, there is a climb up the mountain about 430 meters to reach Phraya Nakhon Cave.

There is a water well at the foot of the mountain known as Phraya Nakhon Well. It is made of baked clay bricks in a trapezoidal shape.

Phraya Nakhon is a large cave which has a hole in the ceiling allowing sunlight to penetrate. At the top of the hole, there is a stone bridge known as "death bridge" because many wild animals have fallen to their deaths from it. Many kings of Thailand have come to see this cave and left evidence of their visit.

The outstanding feature of Phraya Nakhon Cave is the "throne", a historic site built during King Rama V's (King Chulalongkorn) reign. The best time to see the throne is between 10:30 - 11:30 as the sun shines on the throne at that time. The throne has since become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Later kings also visited the cave. For the visit of King Chulalongkorn in 1890, the Kuha Karuhas pavilion was built inside the cave. Later, King Vajiravudh, as well as King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited the cave.

Hoyop hoyopan caves

Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland

Jamaican fruit bat in Iguabonita cave, Dominican Republic.

 

The light source for this shot was the spotlight on my caving hard hat. Not sure if we woke this fellow up or not. It was impressive to see these bats flying around as well as hanging in their individual or communal "beds".

 

The Jamaican, common or Mexican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) is a fruit eating bat native to Mexico, through Central America to northwestern South America, as well as the Greater and many of the Lesser Antilles. It is a medium-sized bat with broad but pointed and ridged ears with a serrated tragus. Its prominent noseleaf has an array of sebaceous glands. The lower lip is littered with warts with a relatively large one in the center. On the back the fur is an ashy-shade of gray or brown with visible white hair bases. The wings of the fruit bat are broad and dark gray in color and it has no external tail.

 

Nikon D7200 at ISO 12800.

Bears' Cave (Peștera Urșilor) is located the western Apuseni Mountains, on the outskirts of Chişcău village, Bihor County, northwestern Romania. It was discovered in 1975 by "Speodava", an amateur speleologist group.

 

Bears' Cave received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site in 1983. The cave bear, also known as "Ursus Spelaeus", is a species of bear which became extinct during the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.

Gachkar cave located in Piramagrun mountains near Suse village - Kurdistan region/north iraq

Cova de Can Marçà , San Miguel, Ibiza 02/05/17

Phraya Nakhon Cave is in Kui Buri District. It is managed by Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is about 500 meters from Laem Sala beach and approximately 17 kilometers north of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Tourists can go to the cave by renting a boat or by walking across Tian Mountain. After that, there is a climb up the mountain about 430 meters to reach Phraya Nakhon Cave.

There is a water well at the foot of the mountain known as Phraya Nakhon Well. It is made of baked clay bricks in a trapezoidal shape.

Phraya Nakhon is a large cave which has a hole in the ceiling allowing sunlight to penetrate. At the top of the hole, there is a stone bridge known as "death bridge" because many wild animals have fallen to their deaths from it. Many kings of Thailand have come to see this cave and left evidence of their visit.

The outstanding feature of Phraya Nakhon Cave is the "throne", a historic site built during King Rama V's (King Chulalongkorn) reign. The best time to see the throne is between 10:30 - 11:30 as the sun shines on the throne at that time. The throne has since become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Later kings also visited the cave. For the visit of King Chulalongkorn in 1890, the Kuha Karuhas pavilion was built inside the cave. Later, King Vajiravudh, as well as King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited the cave.

Day 6 of the Cruise. Today we docked in Malaga and we took a trip to Cueva De Nerja, which are the most impressive caves I have ever seen.

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