One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Transforming Friday with Nature's Wonders

Hello Toads - let's go to Hang Son Doong, Vietnam!

Hang Sơn Đoòng, "Mountain River cave" in Vietnamese) is a solutional cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National ParkVietnam. As of 2009 it is the biggest known cave in the world. Inside is a large, fast-flowing underground river, it's formed in Carboniferous / Permian limestone.

Sơn Đoòng Cave was found by a local man named Hồ-Khanh in 1991. The whistling sound of wind and roar of fiery stream in the cave heard through the entrance as well as the steep descent prevented the local people to enter the cave. In 2009 it became internationally known when it was explored and surveyed by a group of scientists. 

According to the Limberts, (scientist couple that led the survey), takes the title of the world's largest cave. It contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70 m tall. Behind the Great Wall of Vietnam were found cave pearls the size of baseballs, an abnormally large size.

Enjoy some National Geographic if it pleases you.

Step into this for as much or as little as you like, skip around or watch the entirety of this film. Investigate any aspect that captures your poetic attention, there's much to muse upon and feel free to delve into any of the clickable links from the summarized wiki passages above as well.

You may express in any way you like, form or no form and explore your choice of topic included within our given location.

Please, write something new for this challenge and be sure to visit your blogging friends. 

(Images via free Hang Son Doong Desktop Wallpapers).


Björn Rudberg said...

What a wonderful cave.. My imagination took me to Plato and nuclear catastrophic dystopia.. Might be an error with how I'm wired... Have a nice weekend everyone.

Grace said...

What an adventure ~ I am specially awed by the forest and pools in the cave ~ Thanks for the lovely challenge Hannah ~

Hannah said...

Thank you Bjorn and Grace for your poems and comments!

I fell into the virtual rabbit hole of this amazing place, personally. So beautiful.

I look forward to reading you all. :)'s and happy weekend to everyone in the garden!

Susie Clevenger said...

What a beautiful place Hannah. For me this prompted grief for our failure to protect and preserve the environment we live in.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love Transforming Fridays. Traveler perked up and took notice of this intriguing prompt. She has been quiet for quite some time, so thank you, Hannah!

Fireblossom said...

There is a place almost just like this in Romania, called Vântului. I wrote about it in 2011.

Margaret said...

I had a 55 prepared for this weekend (I think that is the upcoming prompt) and I am working on getting my chores done quickly as I leave Sunday for a two night mountain trip with my college aged daughter. My husband is in charge while I'm gone and enjoying the change of colors… :) I will try and get back to this - I love the National Geographic video… thanks!

Sweeper of Dreams said...

Oh, how much fun. Earlier I'd read a darkish little folktale, and as soon as I saw the cave image, the two smooshed out as a poem. Cheers!

Roan said...

I would love to visit that cave!

Anonymous said...

Hey Hannah--it looks very beautiful. I unfortunately took the prompt in a rather unnaturalistic direction, but all that would come up. Thanks. k.

MorningAJ said...

What an amazing place. The post reminded me of someone I was at college with, and a conversation I once had with her.