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    The mysterious Postojnska Jama cave is the part of Slovenia which has been carved, shaped and created by water; deep within these world -famous caves hide the most precious beauty created througt millions of years, a drop after a drop, year after a year. More than 26 millions people from all over the world have admired the stalagmites and the stalactites of the Postojnska jama in 175 years of organised tourism. However, ancient signatures in the entrance passages prove that the cave was first visited in the 13th century. The 20-kilometre long underworld system is a miracle in itself, but one gets truly astounded at the look of the mysterious human fish - Olm - Proteus anguinus, wondering at the strange form of life preserved in the underground kingdom. another mystery of the underground. The cave is accessible without special equpment, and has a constant temperature of 8° C. Visitors are taken for a tour of 2km by a special cave train and a walk. 5.3 km of the caves are open to the public accompanied by experienced guides. A visit takes about two hours.

    The world-famous Postojna cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Europe. It is a 20km long Karst cave system near Postojna. We visit the amazing Postojna 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 1/30s, F2.0 and ISO800.

    In het zuiden van Slovenie ligt het Karstgebied. In de poreuze kalksteenbodem zijn in de loop der tijd talloze kloven en grotten ontstaan. In totaal zijn er zo'n 7000 grotten bekend, waarvan enkele tot de grootste en meest indrukwekkende van de wereld behoren. De diepste grot ligt zo'n 1.3 km onder de grond. Het spectaculaire grottenstelsel bij Postonje is zeer de moeite waard om te bezoeken. De grotten in het Karstgebied zijn ontstaan door rivier- en regenwater dat in de loop van miljoenen jaren de ondergrondse ruimtes hebben uitgesleten in de zachte kalksteenbodem. Het grottenstelsel bij Postonja strekt zich uit over meer dan 20 km en nog steeds worden nieuwe stukken ontdekt. De grot van Postojna is vooral indrukwekkend vanwege zijn afmetingen en de hoeveelheid druipstenen. De zalen zijn meestal enorm en aan de stalagmieten en stalactieten lijkt geen einde te komen. Waarschijnlijk is dit een van de meest 'gedecoreerde' grotten in Europa. Zelfs vanuit het treintje dat 2km aardig vlot door de grot rijdt is heel veel te zien. Als je eenmaal wandelt wordt het alleen maar beter. Hoogtepunt van de tocht is een zeldzaam beestje, dat alleen in Slovenië voorkomt: de Proteus Anguinus. Deze bleke grotolm leeft in de rivier die door de grot stroomt. In de grot mag je geen foto's maken, de gidsen attenderen je daar steeds op. Maar ik ben een beetje doof ;-)

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    1. Lopamudra! 44 months ago | reply

      Amazing art of Nature !!
      Wonderful series, Ben !

    2. DavidFrutos 44 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    3. Katarina 2353 44 months ago | reply

      What a place...excellent shot Ben!

    4. theduke1979 44 months ago | reply

      I always enjoy your photos, great job.

    5. ALOFBRID ( 500,000 HITS thank you !! ) 44 months ago | reply

      Millions of years of work there,

    6. Lita V 44 months ago | reply

      wonderful image, colors and lighting!

    7. freemysoul 43 months ago | reply

      gigamooi deze serie, Ben.

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    8. annelies_43 On & Off 43 months ago | reply

      Erg mooi licht in de bovenste Ben! Bedankt voor de uitnodiging!

    9. Tati@ 43 months ago | reply

      A most sublime image, an image that
      will remain in our minds forever !
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    10. Håkon Kjøllmoen, Norway 43 months ago | reply

      Beautiful work my friend. I like it.

      An amazingly beautiful image ! My pleasure to award it !
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    11. André Pipa 43 months ago | reply

      Again, brilliant

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    12. baratineuse1947LUCIE** 43 months ago | reply

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    13. mjmourik 43 months ago | reply

      Net of je een andere wereld betreed, zo sprookjesachtig, schitterende foto!

    14. Andrea Meacci 43 months ago | reply

      A most sublime image, an image that
      will remain in our minds forever !
      Seen at Richard's group :
       Richard's group

    15. Christian Vorstenbosch [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

      Gave foto.Prachtige compositie,kleuren en uitvoering.

    16. Andrea Meacci 43 months ago | reply

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    17. TheRealPhoto 42 months ago | reply

      I Like Your Photo!
      Great Work

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