While checking out some caves we were reminded that goats can get around.
‘The Smile of the Goat has a meaning that few
Will mistake, and explains in a measure
The Censor attending a risqué Revue
And combining Stern Duty with Pleasure.’ ~ Oliver Hereford, “The Smile of the Goat”
We interrupt the regularly scheduled snorkeling to venture down into a cave. A pic looking up at the entry, just in case we never get to see that lucky old sun again.
'The way downward is easy from Avernus.
Black Dis's door stands open night and day.
But to retrace your steps to heaven's air,
There is the trouble, there is the toil...' ~ The Sybil's Advice to Aeneas, The Aeneid: Virgil.
Cave beauty is subtle, yet overwhelming once you eyes adjust your mind to the longer viewpoints. Then human history diminishes in its cave of environmental awareness, and Natural History speaks.
Annual rainfall on Bonaire totals about 20 inches per year. My mind could not attempt to guess at the age of the cave formations. But maybe it was wetter some centuries ago?
A little swim into the jaws of mother earth made me wonder about earthquakes. Funny how the mind works the nervous system into remembering horror movies at times like these.
“It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindburgh, "A Gift From the Sea", 1955.
"maybe this way..."
Jairo checks out the cave formations.
“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.” ~ Thoreau
'I've been down, but not like this before...' ~ Little Feat, "All That You Dream", 1975.
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover … those two or three great and simple images in which his eyes first opened.” ~ Albert Camus
Cave Shrimp -- possibly Macrobrachium lucifugum? Theory suggests these creatures moved into subterranean habitats sometime during the Jurassic Period, before the opening of the North Atlantic.
"Fascinating." ~ Leonard Nimoy
out on the reef, Spotted Cleaner Shrimp -- Periclimenes yucatanicus, will work for food
Spot-winged Comb Jelly -- Ocyropsis maculata, a Ctenophore
Caribbean Reef Squid -- Sepioteuthis sepioidea
'And wrecks passed without sound of bells,
The calyx of death's bounty giving back
A scattered chapter, livid hieroglyph,
The portent wound in corridors of shells.' ~ Hart Crane, "At Melville's Tomb"
Young turtles around Bonaire were born elsewhere and have likely spent several years at sea.
"It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are." ~ Wendell Berry