Sunday, November 18, 2007
Ever Been Spelunking?
On Saturday we visited Great Basin National Park, where one of the main features is Lehman Caves. My experience with caves is very limited, so this was definitely something new and amazing.
When stalactites )the ones that hang from the ceiling) and stalagmites (the ones that rise from the floor) meet, they form a column. This stalactite and this stalagmite are almost there--or are they there already? It is very difficult to tell.
The flash washes out the reddish color of the cave formations.
In areas where the lighting was turned on, I did not use the flash. You can see the red. When I get home, I hope to be able to enhance some more of the non-flash photos and will post more if I am successful.
This formation, known as "The Parachute", is a type of formation called a shield. Shields form in only a very few caves.