Leer Cave near West Harptree, Mendip Hills, Somerset. The
Cave was discovered by lead miners in the 17th century and
was only intermittently open for exploration by cavers.
The entry descent was by a 25 metre long climbing ladder
from an old mining ledge to a short passage leading to the
chamber seen in the photograph. The chamber was called 'beehive'
after the massive stalagmite which is shaped like an old-fashioned
hive and is one of the largest in the country. Lamb Leer
has been designated a geological site of Special Scientific
Importance. At this time, 2016, the Cave is closed to all
Morrison found that while the descent was hard work, taking
the photo was more of a challenge. The cavern was totally
dark apart from the miners' lamps of his two companions.
The camera was set on a tripod and he opened the shutter.
Then from two different places fired flash bulbs.
A West German Baldix with a 77.5mm F4.5 Westar 3 element
lens and Prontor S shutter. Film: Ilford FP3 F8 open - flash
using 2 flash bulbs at separate times (1 PF25 and 1 PF1).
Developed by hand using Microdol 12 minutes at normal dilution.
UK B 41-06 © Tony Morrison