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Postojna caves 12 noon

In Place description, Poetic prose, Reflections, Writing on 2012/08/02 at 19:41

The air gets chillier as the small, open train takes us through a tunnel of rough rocks into the underground. The tunnel opens up onto a new world full of limestone formations, stalactites hanging from the ceiling, stalagmites growing up from the ground, free standing pillars and curtains clinging to the wall. Some are lit up by strategically placed lamps while others lay in shadow, creating a captivating play of light. Some times the train winds through narrow passages that then open up into large caverns. The landscape is fascinating for an inexperienced spelunker like me, just too bad there are too many other tourists in here. The forbidding of photography is also a bit annoying so this will have to do.


Skocjan cave, 5:56 pm

In Feeling of the moment, Place description, Writing on 2012/08/02 at 19:40

The cavern we are in gets larger up ahead, the vaulted stalactite clad ceiling, lit up by a soft orange glow, expands outward then opens up on a black void. A string of lights like a band of diamonds stretches out into the darkness, shedding light on a vast canyon beyond. The floor drops off steeply to the river down below and the ceiling disappears overhead. There is a rushing of water from the river and the air feels cooler. A silent, ” bloody hell” rises up in me at the sight of the canyon which is awesome in the true sense of the word.