Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Day at the beach (underground)



My vacation started after midsummer. And the first thing one does on a vacation is to go on a beach, of course. Underground.

For three years, I've joined the Swedish cave association's week of researching the Lummelunda cave in Gotland. The cave is a protected natural monument, and is only open for this research one week a year. Around 30-40 cavers gather at the campsite on the sea beach, this time from Sweden, Finland, France, and New Zealand. The cavers explore the cave in various ways, some on the dryer parts of the cave by crawling around, others diving.

On our first day at the cave, the Finnish cavers Ralf Strandell, Jukka Palm and myself wanted to have an easy start in the largest tunnels. We also wanted to try out the photography techniques we had learned in last year's EuroSpeleo course.

We headed to the most photographic tunnels. The watery, muddy, and yes, even sandy subway-size tunnels are a short boat ride and walk away from the entrance of the cave. There are several beaches in the bends of the river that runs through the tunnel and we set out to see what kind of photographs we could make there. It worked out well!





We also saw a nice fossil under the water. Some old and some new life:



Equipment setup:
  • Camera (mine is a Nikon SLR)
  • Flash controller Yongnuo YN-622 N-TX i-TTL, to control a number of flashes that have suitable triggers. The flash controller is attached to the flash shoe of the camera.
  • Flash trigger Yongnuo YN-622N II to attach to the flashes.
  • Flashes (mine are Nikons)
I have to say though, one thing to worry about in caving is bad air:


This article has also appeared in TGR. Tämä artikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. See all the caving stories at planetcaver.net, or take a look all the stories at Blogspot and TGR! Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko and Jukka Palm. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Veliki Slap Cave



In the summer I hiked around the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It has some well known caves (more of them in another blog article) but I also run into a small cave on the path to the biggest, 78-meter waterfall, Veliki Slap.

The cave is maybe 15 or 20 meters long, a small tunnel with some stalactite forms. It can be found from the path descending from the hills above down to the waterfall, just before the short man-made tunnel on the path.

The coordinates to this cave are approximately N 44.90182 E 15.60938.

Entrance:


Views lower down:


Underwater picture from the lake:


Inside the cave:


Man-made tunnel next to the cave:


The big waterfall, Veliki Slap:


This article has also appeared in TGR. See all the caving stories at planetcaver.net, or take a look all the stories at Blogspot and TGR! Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Primošten swim


Such a nice beach... also, a red tourist submarine!



Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read more of the swimming stories from planetswimmer.com!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Morning swim at the Kekkola Manor


Another swim at the Kekkola Manor (Kekkolan kartano). This time in the morning. Refreshing!

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read more swimming and sauna stories from planetswimmer.com and saunablogger.cool!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Champagne served in a hot outdoor tub


This is how to serve champagne in Palju (a hot outdoor tub heated by wood fire): floating.

Kekkola Manor, or the Kekkolan Kartano, is by the way a wonderful place to have events, courses, etc. I'm here now on a work course program.

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read more swimming and sauna stories from planetswimmer.com and saunablogger.cool!

Volvo says hi


Volvo says hi from the airport parking lot at 6am. It was already parked and off, but I had to return inside to pull the circuit breakers, to turn off lights and MCAS.

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read more of the Planetskier and Planetcaver stories from Blogspot and TGR.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Siófoki Nagystrand



Before heading back home, we stopped at the little Siófoki to view lake Balaton. Siófoki has a nice old water tower for the views. And the best party beach is also in Siófoki, the Siófoki Nagystrand!

There's no beach per se, but a lakefront, and steps to get into the very nice water. The water runs shallow for a long time, so this a perfect place for a leisurely family swim.



Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. See all the swimming stories at planetswimmer.com, as well as of course at Blogspot and TGR main blog sites.