Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Bonnechere Caves

We've been in this regions for more than a decade now but have never visited the Bonnechere Caves which are located only about an hour away in the highlands.

The first recorded discovery was in 1853. The property was soon purchased and begun to be open to the public.

The caves were flooded at the time, and they still are in winter. The caves are drained every spring, lighting is installed, and the tours begin. Come autumn, they flood the caves again. This keeps them in good condition by preventing erosive freezing and thawing. As a result the condition of the caves remains very stable.

With went with the kids and Shauna and quite enjoyed the experience. Well four of us enjoyed it. Sue is glad that she went but felt a little apprehensive under all of that rock.

The tour was crowded and it's both confined and dark in there, so you get what you can in terms of photos. I just set my camera to 1/60th of a second and let it choose whatever ISO and aperture that it wanted, which meant a very high ISO and a very wide aperture.

But I hurriedly grabbed what shots that I could.

These first 4 show some of the tour guests and the cramped space in some cases. The second one seems to be my clearest shot from the tour.

A few photos without people or maybe just a shadow or two.


Marie Smith said...

I feel the same as Sue, could do it but with apprehension. Great photos under the conditions.

Jenn Jilks said...

Oh, yes. We've done the caves. I couldn't abide it whilst crowded, good on you!
My little brother mines gold in N. Ontario. I don't know how he does it.

Tabor said...

I have been in a number of caves and am somewhat jaded. If there are no interesting mineral or rock formations and no rare crystal ceilings I tend to get a bit bored. I have never been able to get much in the way of photos, but you did capture the experience with yours.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I just need to a cave trip. My oldest lives fairly close to cave juntion in Oregon.
Stop in from the professor.
Hope you have time to stop by for a cup of coffee

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . Looks like all had fun in them . I used to do scuba diving and on place I liked I went was in the underwater caves up in Tobermorie and the old ship wrecks in the bay . Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

Joanne Noragon said...

Good pix. Caves are so cold!!!

Mage said...

That's some adventure. Glad you went and shared.