Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Mellow Mining Moments

There's been a lot of rain lately, even by Blaenau Ffestiniog standards. Some people suffer from lack of sunlight in the gloomy weather, but for us, it's lack of subterranean adventure. Luckily, there's a mine near us that doesn't fill up to the roof with water every time it rains, so at the first sign of an easing of the deluge, we were off up the road, to top up on the sort of darkness that you can only find underground.

The nice thing about being familiar with a place is that you continue to see new things. We found a new chamber that we hadn't seen before...although it was very wet. When we shone our lights on the water, the ceiling came alive with a wonderful reflected light, hey, man. The photo doesn't do it justice...Petra took a video, which we will finish editing soon.

We found some mine pearls, too. Lovely calcite deposits; pretty, rare things, so I'm not saying where this mine is- although those who have followed this blog for a while will know. In which case, award yourself a chocolate digestive, nay, a packet - your tolerance to self-indulgent ramblings must be very high!

More calcite crystals forming in slowly running water.

The view from the lower adit, towards the Moelwyns


Anonymous said...

Wow, tenebrousness top-ups, chthonian pearlescence and psychotropic light shows. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Iain Robinson said...

I guess that even in the ombrous gloom, I am drawn to the light! Thanks, Graham.

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