…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
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.