As soon as I saw this week’s theme…

…I thought of the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand.

These photos come from Ruakuri Cave.

Photography is not permitted in the Glow Worm Cave.

None of the stalactites, stalagmite formations are the same

The average growth rate of

a stalagmite/stalactite is around 0.13 mm per year

(the fastest growth rate being 3 mm per year).


Therefore, at an average growth rate

these formations would increase

by approximately ONE centimetre

(half an inch) every century.

And while many appear to be similar…

…they are all unique.

In Ruakuri Cave photography is permitted.

While the glow worms  are nowhere as prolific

as in the Glow Worm Cave there were some.

As to be expected a hand held camera

could only partly record the light.

As soon as we spoke of a New Zealand

North Island road trip…

Waitomo was first stop on our list.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Unique

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Unique

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Unique

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Unique


13 thoughts on “Lens-Artist-PC-51-Unique

  1. LOL for the caves. When we were there we went in the glow worm caves the minute all the light disappeared I had to turn around. My claustrophobia got me! But it’s a great example of unique!


    • That’s a pity. They are marvellous. Apologies for the delay replying…your message was in my spam folder. No idea why. Only looked because one of Amy’s comments was also found in spam. 😊

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      • Yes. WP seem to have a mind of their own….removing the spell check button form the editor is my grumble. My typing not good, hands shake and often I miss an error only o pick it up after publishing. And I mean weeks after. Cannot understand why it is beneficial to remove something that has been in place forever.

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  2. I’ve been to caverns with stalagmites and stalactites formations. They are so impressive. I had no idea how slowly they grow each year. Very interesting! 🙂


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