Flashback Friday: perfect for those posts that you meant to write at the time but just didn’t manage to!
I have rather a lot of those…
Back in August we had a great day out at a ‘Dinosaur Park’. It’s actually part of Wales’ National Showcaves Centre & what I didn’t have time to post about then was our actually walking through the caves there as well.
They’re quite something!
First of all I was very impressed by how good Jake & Ellie were at clambering about. Although the rocky paths are mostly carved into stairs they were often steep, & also could be wet & slippery. They seemed to have discovered their ‘inner goat’. Or something. With a little help from us when needed, of course.
Taking photos wasn’t easy. It was all very moody & atmospheric so I was determined to try to use the caves’ available light. I didn’t want to blast it away with a flash, so I spent a lot of time standing very still, legs apart at just the right angle, holding my breath, camera cupped from underneath & held as steadily as possible! A lot of the photos were still too blurry to use but I’m pleased that some of them at least came out OK.
Being a big Tolkien fan I half expected to see a giant spider as we descended into the depths, but fortunately there wasn’t one. At least that I saw!
I did see this fella though, looking very relaxed:
He’s 1 of the 2 intrepid Victorian chappies, brothers I believe, who discovered & first entered the caves. Brave, tough men!
The 2nd of the 3 caves was even more spectacular.
The lighting was obviously different, & gave everything a beautiful golden glow. I think my camera may have exaggerated the colours but it did look amazing. Again, I didn’t want to spoil the effect by blasting it away with flash, but it was bright enough so that I could get some reasonably sharp images.
These photos are of ‘The Cathedral’, a huge cavern full of waterfalls; apparently very popular as a wedding venue!
Getting in & out again was fun – you had to move quickly past the cascading water before you got really wet from the spray!
There were many more weird & wonderful rock formations like these, including stalactites & stalagmites, but I couldn’t get any decent pictures of them; maybe next time.
By the end of the 2nd cave we were all a bit soggy & tired, especially Jake & Ellie, so we decided to leave the last cave for another time.
We all really enjoyed this; something a bit different! I love a good cave clamber, & it was great that the twins seemed to as well.
And we’ll be back!
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