Giant Caves of Mexico


The International congress of Speleology in Kerrville Texas is almost over.  I’m still working on my pictures from the awsome pre-congress trip to Mexico but I’ve posted a lot of them already at captnemo’s pictures

Aimee Beveridge in Palmito cave

Aimee Beveridge in Palmito cave

I’ll be adding a lot more when I get home in a couple of days.

Bob lights the way with an exploding flash bulb!

Bob lights the way with an exploding flash bulb!

Cactus V4 Flash trigger


Cactus V4 radio trigger/reciever

I thought I’d write about my latest photography tool- Cactus V4 radio triggers.  I recently purchased several recievers and a couple of transmiters from MPEX.  The transmiter fits on the hotshoe of my canon slr or G9 cameras, the recievers are attached to my flash units either to the hot shoe of my vivitar flashes or via pc cable connection to my sunpak 622.

Nick and I tested them as working well at a distance of around 100 feet with no problem. Then for the real test- how would they perform for cave photography? Well all the shots I took this last weekend in rippled cave were taken using the cactus triggers and I was quite pleased with the results.

For a more detailed look at the cactus V4’s check out http://akikorhonen.org/articles.php?action=view&id=667

Rippled cave


Aubrey in Papkes room

Aubree in Papkes room

We headed to Rippled cave for a beginners trip. Well only two beginers made it and there were over five MLG members so the ratio of beginers was a little small but we had a good trip. Matt and Maryann got a little survey done I got some good pictures and the new folks got to see some of the cave and even try out some vertical work getting in and out of the big room. Geo spotted an interesting fungus that had glistening black droplets on it’s surface that made it look like a blackberry. We also found a wolf spider, lot’s of cave adapted millipedes and a few snails.

Strange fungus

Strange fungus

wolf spider and millipede

wolf spider and millipede

Ice cream and kite flying


Theres still phesant in Antelope

There's still pheasant in Antelope

Well, it was actually frozen yogurt but close enough. James Emily and Michael came to Sacramento to take Michael to the dentist as he had tried to knock out yet another tooth. We went out in the evening for some delicious frozen yogurt.  After they left  a pretty strong wind blew up, so Nick, Aubrey and I went out to fly a kite. On the way we spotted a pheasant! We had fun flying the kite at the the park- a pretty good weekend.

Enjoying a frozen treat on a warm evening.

Enjoying a frozen treat on a warm evening.

Nick and Aubrey flying the kite

Nick and Aubrey flying the kite