These formations that curtain down from the ceiling are called draperies or shawls.
Since this is my last post for the year, I wish you a very happy new year.
Columns form when stalactites meet stalagmites. Here is a stalactite and stalagmite that is on the verge of meeting.
The cave was also filled with beautiful thin stalactites that are called very aptly, straws.
Although no mammoths lived in the caves, there were evidence of other big marsupials, like the marsupial lion.
From the teeth alone, it must have been a sizable beast.
A belated merry Christmas to everyone! Hope that you had a peaceful day, and a bit of a rest afterwards too.
Back at the cave, we came upon a fossilised jaw of an ancient marsupial still embedded in the rock. Caves are perfect places to find fossils of animals from times past.
It gets even prettier the further we went. Here is an elegant stalagmite surrounded by flowstones, draperies, and columns further out back.
The caves were immediately impressive. They weren’t particularly large in size, but extensive and with plenty of interesting decorations. Here are some pretty flowstones.
And now for something completely different. The Margaret River area is also limestone country, but unlike the south coast, its limestone beauty is underground. There are a few caves in the region, we decided to visit Mammoth Cave.
Hamelin Bay wasn’t always so quiet. In the late 19th century it was a busy little port, with a 600m long jetty to serve the timber industry nearby. Unfortunately it was also a dangerous port, especially in gales. The jetty was abandoned in 1900 due to the loss of 5 ships and a further 2 groundings in the harbour. All that’s left now are the timber piles.
We made a brief stop at Hamelin Bay before the weather closed in. Hamelin Bay is a nice, wild beach in Leeuwin-Geographe National Park. After I took the photo we met a pair of bushwalkers doing the 4 day Cape-to-Cape walk from north to south. At this stage they were on their penultimate day.