Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Miracle of Nature In the Dragon Cave, Majorca

            After traveling to the Mondrago Nature Park I decided to look at the Dragon Cave, which is located on the east coast of the Majorca island. Having early arriving I has got into the first group of visitors. I must say that is not allowed to go down into the cave by one and visitors were organized into groups.
The cave entrance was the deepening on the surface, then you go into a dark hole and see the steps leading down under the ground to a depth of 27
m. Along the walkway railings are installed, stages are lighted and tour guides were on descent turnings.


The first impression of the cave was: I've got into a magical land, with a magical forest, magical people and their king. 

 
In nature, water gets into the cave slowly with rare drops through the thickness of the earth. The drops wash out calcium of the rock and stalactites are growing from the top down.
Dripping on the cave floor the water brings calcium crystals those begin to emerge in the stalagmites those are rising from the bottom up. Stalagmites are thicker than stalactites, because the water sprayes and scatters crystals.
This miracle of nature grows very slowly, hundreds and thousands of years and if the cave is not very high, the stalagmites and stalactites grow together over time. In the Dragon cave stalactites and stalagmites are lit of different colors, from orange to cool white. 


When we descended down greatly, it became wet and a bit chilly. Then I remembered the advice to take a sweater or a jacket. There in depth on the right I could see small blue lakes with crystal clear water and stunning reflection of "a magic forest" in the water. I could not determine the depth of these small lakes, so the water was very clear.


On the left I saw "branches and trunks" sought to away, forming niches and arches where it was possible to see the other "plants along the road." The lighting in the cave emphasized the shapes and patterns of stalactites and stalagmites.



Going down lower and lower, I tried to take pictures of interesting colors and shapes combinations to show you the wonder of nature in this cave. Nature is generous to a surprising, not only on surface but also in depth.



Finally, a huge underground lake appeared at the bottom of the cave. The water color was turquoise, a lake was deep, with pure distilled water. I was told that its depth is 20 m.
All visitors were invited to the amphitheater at the lake and the show began. When lights had gone out, the sounds of music were heard in the darkness and silence. At first I could not see anything, but then the boat lit garland lights appeared from the far end of the lake. Music floated over the water, and I could see the musicians in a boat. It was an amazing musical concert under the ground at a depth of 27 meters!



After the concert, all interested visitors could ride on the lake in boats. The return climb up was not easy, but there were places to rest and take pictures, the exit up was in elsewhere. 




I came out to the surface a few meters from the entrance to the cave. A park with flowers, palm trees and cactus was around.


Here is my video about Dragon cave:


34 comments:

  1. Stunning pictures of the Dragon cave on Majorca Nadezda. It reminded me to 29 years ago when we were there with the whole family, sweet memories.

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    1. Yes. a visit to this cave is remembered for many years. Thank you, Janneke!

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  2. Wow those might be the most amazing pictures I've ever seen!!

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  3. Those caves are like from a fairytale. I've been there as well years ago.

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    1. A fairytale or wonderland. Kiitos, Satu!

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  4. Oh dear Nadezda!
    I'm so lucky that I can watch underground kingdom ..
    Jaskina is wonderful. I admire the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites.
    It's a true miracle of nature.
    I wish you a pleasant afternoon.
    Lucia

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    1. I'm glad you liked this cave! Thank you!

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  5. I've never been a "cave person" as it were, but this really is quite something! You do take some very interesting trips! Larry

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  6. Dear Nadezda,
    i have'nt visit caves in my life!!
    I'm scared!!!Wonderful pictures!!!
    Your trip was so interesting!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!
    Have a happy week!!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dimi, it was quite dark in the cave and a woman's voice said:' I'm scared, where is an exit here?' I laughed, the exit was far upstairs!
      Thank you!

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  7. WAU - where a great image series you show. Wish you a good Wednesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente!

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  8. Gracias gracias y gracias. Por compartir esta maravilla!!!
    Viendo las fotos parece que estamos viendo una película de Julio Verne... Son todas preciosas, pero la 12 se lleva el premio:))
    Un beso

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    1. Gracias por premio! Me gusta recibir los premios, Laura!

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  9. Those pictures are stunning Nadezda and the underground concert must have been magical.
    Patricia x

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    1. Yes, it have. It was classical music, that I love. Thank you, Patricia!

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  10. Oh, gorgeous! I just love caves. This one looks so very beautiful. You took some great pictures. And I can't even imagine how wonderful an experience it must have been to have heard a concert in the cave! What a memorable experience that must have been! It's amazing, isn't it, that the ground above doesn't just collapse!

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    1. The concert was great, classical music, played on an organ. It was unusual and stunning. Thank you, Holly!

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  11. I've visited a few similar caves with huge stalactities and stalagmites, and I agree it's like entering a magical world. Your images of this cave are beautiful!

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    1. Glad you liked my pictures, thank you, Rose!

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  12. Your pictures are magical, I bet this was a very special experience! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great week-end, take care, Helene.

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  13. wow you really got some great shots there

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  14. Wow, I have never been in a cave like that. Very dramatic! Seems like you had a great vacation.

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    1. Yes, I had! Hope you come down in a cave one day. Thank you, Jason!

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  15. Interesting place, Nadezda! Your photographs are excellent, although it must have been difficult to take pictures - it seems very dark.

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    1. Astrid, I was waiting for your comments and had hoped you'd appreciate how difficult it was to take photos in a cave.
      Yes, it was dark and not allowed the flash. So I took pictures at the manual: shutter speed, sensitivity, light - all I had to change depending on the image.
      Thank you!

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  16. Spooky and enchanted, what an amazing place that cave would have been to a primitive man, who would have believed there were all kinds of ghosts and spirits in it. And the boat... wow! When you came out you saw more spikes in the leaves of the plants.

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    1. Jenny, probably primitive people believed that ghosts and spirits inhabit in caves and their knowledge has been formed there as well. Thank you!

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  17. Stunning! Stunning photos!! I was really excited to read your post. I've never visited caves, but I love to! Can't imagine the concert on a lake under the ground. How romantic!!! It must have been challenging to take photos in such dark place. Thank you for sharing, hope to visit here someday. Your blog always inspires me;)

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  18. Incredibly beautiful! Nature is amazing! Thank you, Nadezda, for sharing these stunning pictures!

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