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The caves at Nerja

Huge caverns discovered in 1959 by local boys while out hunting bats. Cave paintings and remains show that these caves were inhabited 30,000 years ago. Impressive limestone formations which include a stalagmite and stalactite over 105ft high and 59ft in diameter. A vast underground cathedral, spot the small figures in the background. Light levels were low, so high ISO and camera resting on a handrail, no flash allowed (although that would not help much). Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain.

comments (16)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 29 Oct 2010, 04:00
There are natural caves in Arkansas. I've been to them, but not in them because I don't do cavessmile It's a treat to see this. The earth has gorgeous color and patterns. Beautiful photograph.
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, I was pleased with this one, many of the shots had camera shake.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 29 Oct 2010, 07:18
This is an fabulous capture John....such an array of colour beneath the earth...petersmile
John Prior: Thanks Peter, we were knocked out by this visit, was much better than our expectations, although very low light levels there to preserve the primeval feel.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Oct 2010, 07:23
For no flash this is a brilliant shot John!
John Prior: Thanks Chris. Although flash would only light the foreground. What was funny though despite all the no flash signs, as soon as you enter they take your photo by flash and then try to sell it to you when you leave.
Brilliant shot, nature has some wonderful creations.
John Prior: Thanks Sheila, it is well worth visiting.
What an incredible sight! So beautifully captured. (:o)
John Prior: Thank you Rosalyn, it was an amazing place.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Oct 2010, 08:48
This would boggle my mind, John, if I were there in real life. WOW.
John Prior: Thanks Ginnie, awe inspiring.
This is awesome!
Superb indoor shot without any flash.
It's good to include a person (I can see that guy in yellow shirt) to give us a rough scale.
And that's big!
John Prior: Thanks London, it was amazing.
You did well here John.
John Prior: Thanks Bill, I shot loads, very few had no camera shake.
This is nature at its very best John, thanks for bringing it to us.
John Prior: Thanks Brian it was an amazing place.
There is a bit more to look at in this cave, than the ones I visited here, amazing formations smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, it was huge and only part of the system is open to the public.
  • Anahita
  • United States
  • 29 Oct 2010, 17:16
Beautiful colors, Well captured!
John Prior: Thanks Anahita, the colours were more apparent in the shots than the place as it was quite dark inside.
Impressive place: at the back, we can see a man, he's so little! Wow! Sweet colors.
have a nice day.
John Prior: Thanks Dom, it was fantastic there and had never heard of them before.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 29 Oct 2010, 23:16
fine capture of these colorful caves. very impressive.
John Prior: Thanks Otto, I'd never visited anything quite like this before.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Oct 2010, 02:36
Indeed impressive limestone formations... this are huge caverns... I like all those different colors.
John Prior: Thank you Sidney
What a fabulous capture John. Light and tones are superb!
John Prior: Thank you Richard
John Prior: Thanks Toni

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