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I’ve always had an affinity for the world down under - no, not Australia, but the landscape below our feet.  An entire world of its own, away from the changing, dynamic and busy environment above.  And when I arrived my first time into Puerto Rico, I immediately searched out and discovered cavern locations, especially since I had not yet seen a tropical cave system.

Rio Camuy Cave was highly recommended and I wasted no time driving about an hour or two toward the west side of the island.  Although this cave was fashionably hot, it was dreamy...  Drippy, slick and misty.  This was different from the desert caves such as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico USA.  And because of this, Rio Camuy had a unique  mood. It was obvious that rain water had a lot to do with the life of this cave.

Rio Camuy Caves are probably the most well known cave formations in Puerto Rico. Located in the town of Camuy, this is one of the largest cave systems worldwide, as it turns out.  There are about a half million bats living in the cave, and you can hear an underground river while you’re treading inside it.  I then turned around and went through the cave again on the way out , and it looked totally different.

Rio Camuy Cave, Puerto Rico USA

Limited Editions 100

Artist Proofs 5

Judge's Comment: "VERY nice image, and nicely controlled on the light!"

ePHOTOzine Reader's Choice Award, Guest Editor's Award, Highly Commended Award 2020
One Eyeland Awards 2020 Bronze Awarded
Vienna Photography Awards 2021 Honorable Mentio
World Masters of Photography WMPO 2023 Honorable Mention
MPI Master Photo Image Challenge 2022 Bronze Award

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