Ogof Draenen trip 24/02/2007

Camera (mostly) and setups by Tarquin, flash and modelling and other camera by Peter Wilton-Jones, edits and gallery effects by Tarquin.

This was intended to be a gallery of Gerbil Heaven in The Gerbil Run in Hexamine Highways, but we were forced to retreat after the frightningly difficult first squeeze. So the gerbils ran away, and it turned into a trip for photographing many of the neglected parts of the route.

  1. Big Beauty Junction, Lucky 13, looking along Gone With The Wind
  2. The entrance to the Wyvern Extensions
  3. Elliptic Passage
  4. The upper chamber of Fault Chambers
  5. The lower chamber of Fault Chambers - Rift Chamber - the fog is caused by the inlet waterfalls, which are are fed directly by the surface rainfall
  6. Perseverance II, at the head of the Balcony Pitch
  7. Looking down the Balcony Pitch into Arms Park, with the arched roof passing from Perseverance II into Erection Series
  8. The first ctenacanthus dorsal spine fossil in Gyracanthus Loop, near Big Bang Pitch - a loose sample collected from the floor of this passage was sent to the museum in Cardiff and identified as a gyracanthus pectoral spine - separately, a piece of this ctenacanthus fossil was removed without authorisation, and its location is not known; its return is requested so that it can also be placed in the museum
  9. The second ctenacanthus dorsal spine, which is much larger, and in better condition - ctenacanthus was a shark living around 300 million years ago, gyracanthus was also a shark from the same age (with a cartilaginous skeleton), but looked more like a regular fish, with pectoral spines
  10. The spines all have small holes through them, to perform functions such as carrying blood vessels
  11. The third large ctenacanthus spine
  12. A smaller fossil in the other oxbow
  13. A fossil in Psammodus Passage
  14. A fossil snail, a pebble, or a frozen bird dropping - you decide
  15. The main fossil in Psammodus Passage, beautifully textured, about 20 cm (8 inches) long - unfortunately I do not yet know what this fossil is, but I will update this gallery when I find out
  16. As well as this most impressive fossil, a loose sample of a separate (and very different) fossil has been collected from the floor of this passage, and sent to the museum in Cardiff; it was identified as the crushing tooth plate of a psammodus, a shark that lived around 300 million years ago, and fed on shellfish
  17. Darling Rifts