Cave crystal stalactite, Thailand

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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More than 5 kilometres from daylight, this rare spiky stalactite of aragonite was one of hundreds in several hard-to-reach caverns in a cave in the Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary in Pang Mapha District of Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Aragonite has the same composition as calcite, the common cave mineral, but has a different crystal structure. I found this cave in 1990 and due to it being encrusted with extremely delicate formations I have visited it only a few times. The cave’s location remains unrecorded…
Taken in the early 1990s on Velvia 50 asa slide film with a nikon FM2 and 55 mm macro nikkor lens mounted on a tripod. With the shutter locked open with a cable, I used a large hand held adjustable flash which I turned down to about (can’t remember exactly) a 1/16 th of a full flash then circled the crystal shooting off at least 10-16 flashes. Shooting film, I had no idea if it would work and how the exposure level would turn out…and it was a long way (12 hour return trip underground) to take more exposures.

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