Sunday, December 9, 2012

Caves of the Bahamas

Here is a link to a photo gallery of underwater caves in the Bahamas provided by National Geographic:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/08/bahamas-caves/skiles-photography#/12-garbage-hole-714.jpg

If you've ever had the pleasure of exploring a deep enough cave you know that it's a whole different world underground.  Not only are geologic features astounding, but the ecosystems of caves are also fascinating.  We have quite a few vast caves in Missouri, a few of which I've been fortunate enough to explore.  However, this photo gallery is just something else.

They found a 3,000+ year old Cuban crocodile skull.  At 30-36 feet pink bacteria color the water.  A vortex threatens lives of divers as they try to examine flow rates.  Isn't the world just awesome?

This is one of those times I'm very thankful for the field of nature photography.  While at times I think it can be a little overbearing and reduce the initial wonder of seeing something new, this is not one of those cases.  While I would love nothing more than to explore tropical underwater caves, it's pretty unlikely that I will ever get to do so.  By simply seeing images of these features, I'm left in awe.  In places like these where it appears to be a whole different world, no degree of photography can spoil it for me.  Photography only inspires more curiosity.

-Zach

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