Caves, Canines and Mineral Rich Water

On this particular day, myself, along with two friends travelled from Lovech to the nearby town of Krushùna where the largest travertine cascade in Bulgaria exists. Upon arriving in the small, empty town, we were immediately greeted by a friendly dog who decided to tag along. Walking down the sun beaten streets, we gradually picked up more canine friends to the point where we each had our own buddy to accompany us.

These mineral rich waterfalls are believed to have an array of beneficial health effects. Maybe our dogs required some healing because as soon as water was in sight, they immediately pounced on the opportunity to go for a paddle. Unfortunately, us humans did not engage in such activities so I cannot confirm the supposed effects, but the hounds seemed healthy and immensely happy, convincing me that this is no myth.

With a general lack of public transport, and perhaps more importantly, planning, we began to hitchhike to our next destination; Devetàshka Cave. After about 20 minutes of no traffic, an elderly woman and her daughter collected us, and then joined us to the mysterious cave. With so much light passing through the eroding ceiling, life flourishes here. Humans are believed to have inhabited this cave in prehistoric times but today, bats take the limelight, hosting some 35,000 of them. There is evidence of more recent human activity in the Devetàshka Cave, most notably, the ruins of a warehouse built by the Bulgarian Army in the 1950’s.

- Shot on Canon AE-1, 50mm with Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm film