Astounding Undergrounding: my cave photos from across the world

I’m working on a separate blog post on why caves are so amazing. Meanwhile, I can’t let these pictures just sit on my laptop! Please enjoy the photos from caves in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, Vietnam, Mexico, Australia, and, of course, good ol’ Kentucky!

Above is my view from the ground looking up at the cave I’ve worked at on and off for the past six years. I attribute Lost River Cave to igniting my interest in caves everywhere!
Here I am as a young blurry tour guide in 2007, when I first started giving tours at Lost River Cave. I was talking to a crowd of people before we boarded the boat. I was probably explaining boat rules to the visitors. Ah, the glorious days of my youth.
Above is a shot of some stalactites from the very well preserved Inner space Caverns near Austin, Texas These are just a few of many incredible formations. They were everywhere!
Frozen Niagara at Mammoth Cave. in Kentucky. This impressive formation is found on the New Entrance tour.

The river floor of Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana.  Please note the eyeless fish!  This was the longest boat tour and longest stretch of water I’ve ever ridden on within a cave. I saw plenty of eyeless crawfish as well!
Above is a shot from Craighead Caverns in Sweetwater Tennessee.  Many people visit the this cave to experience the Lost Sea, an enormous undergound lake which I did indeed float upon, but the shots of these anthodites came out better, and, honestly, I find them just as impressive. Craighead Caverns has more anthodites than most other caves in the word.
The next several photos are shots I took from various caves while traveling in Vietnam.  Not only are some caves in Vietnam used to attract tourists, they also are used to worship Buddha!

While I love the idea of caves being holy places of worship, I don’t think incense constantly being burned is a good idea. I’m no geologist, but as a tour guide I have been taught that any smoke in caves, regardless of the source is not good for the cave’s environment or wildlife.

More colorful places to worship at a cave pit stop along the Vietnam coast.
A cave near Hanoi in Vietnam. People are paying respect. Also, check out the enormous stalactite/column.

In Valladolid, Mexcio, I realized that caves are also used for swimming. In Mexico, caves with large bodies of water are known as Cenotes, and locals regularly hop in for a nice swim!This very same water is also used to supply drinking water to locals in the area. Amazing! As far as I know, there are not many caves in the United States where folks swim in the water, let alone drink from it…

Another Cenote near Valladolid. This one just recently opened to the public. I did wonder if increased tourism would alter the beauty of this cenote. This is the most breathtaking cave I’ve ever been to. I still can’t believe I swam in this gorgeous water, and also snorkeled! It was just me, my boyfriend and a nice guide named Manuel who convinced me to try the rope swing!

A view from the bottom of my favorite Cenote. Check out the tree roots!
Another cenote near Valladolid, with tree roots coming down like a waterfall!

One of many incredible views from Jenolan Caves in New South Wales, Australia!
Another angle of Jenolan Caves. I also went on a tour at this cave, evidently it was in serious disrepair for a while and now it is being revamped. I’ll always remember this cave tour for the Star Wars lazer light demonstration during the tour.  Those Aussies have an interesting sense of humor! :)
A view looking into Abercrombie Caves, also in New South Wales, Australia. This cave has only a self-guided tour option, but plenty of people come to just walk around, and even camp out!
And, last but not least, a little photo from a big cave in Virginia, Luray Caverns, which I visited with a group of teenagers I was in charge of in 2009.  Unfortunately, I remember more about the kids than the cave, but nevertheless, it was a beautiful place with many formations worth photographing.

Well, that’s all on my cave rave for now!  More cave content and photos to come at a later date. Thanks for viewing!

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