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Photo Americana: The Devil's Den, Florida

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Continuing with the photo exploits of the Virgnia Beach Lynnhaven Dive Center divers who sojourned to central Florida from Feb 12-15, let's plunge into the fabled Devil's Den near Williston, the Den so named by settlers and pioneers many scores of years ago because even in the dead of a severe Winter, with temperatures hovering in the 30s, the deep-flowing underground freshwater spring retained its pleasant 72 degree F. temperature. The clash of these two temperatures at the water's surface produced clouds of rising steam that wafted through the fissures in the ground, leading the superstitious to imagine that the steam was rising right from Hell, hence the name, the Devil's Den.

Devil's Den is also a geographical wonder. To quote from the website, http://www.devilsden.com/:

"Visit one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den -- an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C.

The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den.

You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder."

So let's go exploring:

A large and beautiful fish pond graces the recreational resort/camp-grounds:

The Devil's Den below:

Your host:

Instructor giving a prep talk to students who will be certifying this weekend:

Entering the Den:

A third of the way down:

A long way down in SCUBA gear, harder still to come back up.

Splendid rock formations, colors and shapes:

The roof of the cavern:

The underwater cavern is shaped like an upside-down mushroom, so you dive down at an angle.

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