Aventura primero de agua dulce…

I hope this post finds all of you doing well.  Cindy and I spent some time last week exploring two of Florida’s unique freshwater environments.  We first went scuba diving in “The Devil’s Den” which is a freshwater sink formation near Williston, Florida (here is a link to their website).  It’s basically an ancient sinkhole with a partly collapsed ceiling in which you can scuba dive.  Like other Florida springs the water here is constantly renewed by the Floridan Aquifer (more information here), is absolutely beautiful and stays at a constant 72 degrees all year-long.  In the summer it offers refuge from the heat and in the winter the water sheds its trademark steam which eventually led to the site’s current name.  After entering the water, you explore in a circular pattern around an intricate rock pile that is at the center of the spring.  Below is an overall visual since such a scene might prove hard to imagine if you have never been here.

Obtaining a certification in cave diving requires some rather intensive training that I have never pursued, but I now better understand why the training is so rigorous.  The Devil’s Den allows open water divers to venture in because they have blocked off the major cave passages at the bottom with bars and other warning signs that will make you think twice about entering (see below).  One of the most unique features of this place is that it provides open water divers a small taste of what cave diving offers.  I have never had a strong interest in cave diving due to my propensity to enjoy living, but I must admit that the thought of exploring uncharted territory sparks a certain level of interest.  At least it did until I saw how tight the cave passages were!  I’m sure that there are veteran cave divers who would smirk at that last statement and this is even more reason why I don’t wish to venture further into the sport.  Let’s just say that my interest in cave diving has been satiated for the time being.

The photography conditions were also quite challenging due to the almost complete absence of ambient light on the bottom but it was good practice for an upcoming night dive.  Below is a slide show of a few images from the day.  Above all, I have to say that I was most impressed with how well Cindy handled herself the entire dive (See her exiting the small cavern below?).  Hope you enjoy.  Next time, I’ll tell you about a kayak/snorkeling trip we made up a spring-fed river.  Until then, I hope all goes well for you.

Diving Devil’s Den Spring – Images by James White

8 Responses to “Aventura primero de agua dulce…”

  1. Lee says:

    Wow, that looks like a great dive. I love the warning sign! 🙂

  2. Hailey says:

    I’m like Mel, this kind of gives me the shivers too! This is sooooo awesome though. I’m so glad you posted an overall image of the sight because I’ve never seen something like this before. I admire your bravery and adventurous spirit. (and Cindy too!) Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  3. htweto says:

    I love the celebrity shot of Cindy with Mr. Bones. And she looks so covert creeping out of that cave, like she’s planted some plastique or something. Sounds like a good place to keep the underwater photo skills honed. I need to get this slideshow thing working on Oscar’s site as well…looks great.

    • Jimmy White says:

      Hey Halvor, hope all goes well with you and your family! Thanks for the comment! Yeah, Cindy looked like a pro for sure! As far as the slideshow goes, upload a series of images, then hit “insert slideshow.” Its that easy, I think:) Take care!

  4. frank stotts says:

    These are great. You keep coming up with such interesting images. Thanks for including me on your distribution. Frank

  5. Mel says:

    I think the skull pretty much sums it up, as if the sign isn’t warning enough. Just thinking about being underwater in a cave gives me the shivers.

    Nice pictures. You’re learning how to work those lights well. Is there such a thing as an underwater tripod? Some of the ambient light photos are blurred and I imagine high shutter speeds are difficult.

    • Jimmy White says:

      Hey Mel! Thanks for checking in. Yes, low light and slow shutter speeds were rampant during this session! I have seen tripods used underwater, but have not had the opp to use one yet, nor the desire:) Hope you are enjoying your artist’s residency! Looking forward to more from you! Take care.