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著作権: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
ジャンル: Landscapes
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2008-08-17
カテゴリー: Mountain
カメラ: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
アップロードした日: 2008-08-26 6:53
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This is another shot from my recent trip to the Metro cave system at Charleston.
These calcite speleothems are formed when water containing carbon dioxide seeps through limestone rock (calcium carbonate) dissolving it as it goes.
When it enters a cave,this weak carbonic acid gives up its carbon dioxide to the cave atmosphere and the dissolved calcium solidifies as calcite crystal.
Stalactites usually begin as a small circle of crystal around a small pore in the rock. Eventually the circle grows to become a hollow straw,from which water continues to drip,depositing crystal on the floor below to form stalagmites.
When stalactites and stalagmites eventually meet up they are called columns or pillars.
Of course,even a small area of crystal takes many years to form,so you can imagine how old these formations might be.
Hope you like them.

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To PaulH: Caving in SomersetLordPotty 2 08-26 07:43
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-08-26 6:58]

Hello Steve,
Fantastic capture from inside a cave showing the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. I've only once seen this in Cheddar in the West of England. I llike your composition very much and colours and details are excellent.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Steve!

They look fantastic indeed! Wonderful how various shapes can nature form...
Probably was a different light situation you managed very well. Very good description too. TFS!

Best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-26 7:06]
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Hi Steve,
i've done a spot of caving myself over here in the UK, in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where Ulla mentioned in her critique..this is very similar! Were you on ropes and gear to get down here?
This is great, superb detail and a great POV dissapprearing back into the abyss. The exposure is good and kept the colour and tone of the Calcite very well. The mind boggles when you think of the timsescales involved...

Hi Steve!
Caves are rather rarely presented in TN gallery, so first of all - many thanks for showing something unusual.
Very nice POV allow to see how huge this cave is.
If you agree I would like to add this picture to 2 themes: geological wonders, and caves and cave life :)
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-26 8:08]

Wow! Very impressive sight!
That must have been incredible!
Don't know if I'd be able to do it myself though... a bit claustraphobic! ;-)
Excellent use of flash to light up the whole cave.
Great composition too.

Superb work, Steve!

Very well done,

Looks like someone defrosted the freezer and left all the ice cream out..Very cool and unusual picture wt emphasis on the cool!

Hello Steve,

I've only once seen this befor in Han in Belgium. It's a fascinating world there Down below. I'm agree with the critiques from Egshannon. It's look a like a big freezer (-:

I think your using the right light overhere. Great shot, beautiful composition. Thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

Nice shot, Steve. You obviously got a lot of good images from the trip down the Metro. I like the way you have presented the image so we see a range of stages of the formations.

Rather you than me mate, my clostrophobia would never le me go into caves lol. A nice shot, very interesting and nicely done.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-27 1:45]

Hi Steve
What a cave!! And you have explained the differences between the stalactites and stalagmites really well - I usually get them confused.
I am always impressed when I see these type of caves.
Good shot - the colours and patterns stand our well

hi Steve,

Nice shot from this beautifully cave.
Great details and pov.


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