Golden flowstone by John Spies

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A caver sits by a particularly colourful mound of flowstone in a cave in Pang Mapha district of Mae Hong Son province Thailand. The flowstone forms as cave water redeposits dissloved limestone. The calcite crystals have been stained with folic and humic acids. This picture was taken with the camera on a tripod, the shutter open, multiple light sources(torches/flashes) and a model who tried to keep still for a long time…


cave, caving, crystal, flash, flowstone, light, long exposure, mae hong son, thailand

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyalmost 5 years ago

    An amazing sight.

  • This is a very special cavern with a wide variety of rare formations, including sky blue stalactites.

    – John Spies

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 4 years ago

    WOW……………………..the caver sure gives it perspective……………great shot!! ;-))

  • thanks for the comment, big cave formations need some scale and a human always works well

    – John Spies

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago

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