June 29, 2013
Between Austin and San Antonio along Highway 35, there is a turn-off to the site of Natural Bridge Caverns. This natural cave was created by underground water, and the formations continue to grow because the cave always has dripping water. There are a variety of rather spectacular formations, many of which look like some eerie landscape on an alien planet.
The cavern got its name from a rock formation above ground which creates a “natural bridge.”
Some caverns are cool, so I took a light sweatshirt – I didn’t need it! The temperature was constant between 70-75 degrees; not cool, but a relief from the 95 degree temperature at the surface!
Ribbon formations on the ceiling of the cave.
The light shining on this wall enhances the ripple effect.
Striking example of ribbon formation (looking up toward ceiling).
Columns, stalactites and stalagmites
Ribbons and stalactites on the ceiling
I used the special effects on my photo software to change the coloring in this photo.
Thousands of tiny stalactites dot the ceiling here, looking like raindrops frozen in time.
Spectacular “ribbon” formations look like a curtain or a frozen waterfall.
Natural Bridge Caverns is definitely worth a visit for visitors to the San Antonio area. There are plenty of other “kitschy” tourist places for kids, especially, along the road that leads to the site! Outside the cavern is a large structure for climbing high ropes, zip lining, etc.