And Howe!

Howe Caverns is a natural cave system that was discovered in the early 1800s by Lester Howe.  According to the website, it the second largest natural attraction in New York state (after Niagara Falls), and the largest show cave in the northeastern United States!  I stopped in at the caverns on the way back from a conference and took a traditional tour, which ended up taking about a couple of hours and included a nice little boat ride 200 ft (70 m) below the surface of the earth.  It was nice to visit the caverns in winter, since they remain a balmy 54 F (12 C) all year round, and the air was humid, a nice boon to my winter dried lungs.

It was quite the challenge to take photographs in that weird lighting situation, but some of them turned out pretty cool!

 
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New meaning of “rock face”

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Some of these look cool in black and white.

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Some of these rocks look like wasp nests to me

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They use all sorts of different coloured lights in the cave

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Is it haunted?? (no.)

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Young fossils of algae

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This is one of my favourite photos

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This is what happened when I tried to take a photo on the boat ride…it looks like we’re trapped in a cave with lava!! AHHH

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The famous heart shaped rock…a piece of calcite carved into a heart where marriage ceremonies take place.

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Moss thriving on the human modified (i.e. lit) environment

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Little faerie pool

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Reminds me of Arizona

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4 thoughts on “And Howe!

  1. Wow, that first photo looks like a spectacular version of hell, or someplace equally fiery! Fossil algae, looks like some delicate print for a lady’s dress, and that last photo really does look like a slot canyon in Arizona! Galen Rowell has some beautiful photos of those canyon, and that one could be slipped in with his and who would notice! You took some very interesting photos and thanks for introducing me again to something new . . . fossil algae!

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