Photographer's Note

Having finally read the guidelines to posting here on TrekEarth, my apologies for the rather trite notes on my previous posts!

This is a shot taken at the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves in South Australia's Limestone Coast. The limestone of the area was formed from coral and marine creatures 200 million years ago and again 20 million years ago when the land was below sea level. Ground water since then has dissolved and eroded some of the limestone, creating the 26 caves of the national park and giving rise to a number of spectacular subterranean formations such as this one. This is a collection of 'straws', the precursors to stalactites. Straws are hollow tubes formed by the crystalisation of limestone rich water droplets seeping from the ceilings of caves. They are incredibly fragile (often less than 5mm across) amazingly old, and to see this many intact is incredible. Having been caving for a number of years i've never seen the like. I took this shot without flash by accident (showing once again my "more luck than judgement" technique of phtography) and the cave systems established lighting gave me the beautiful golden colour. I like the angle too, even though i got in trouble for holding the tour up!

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