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Jane Cumming

The Wishing Well

The color of the water here is not a natural phenomenon but a reaction to the copper pennies dropped in the water.
People have been tossing pennies in here since 1950.
It is cleaned out once a year and over one million dollars has been collected so far.

Canon EOS 70D
1/20s f/4.0 at 25.0mm iso6400 full exif

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Dave Petersen Photography14-Jun-2021 13:57
Terrific colors, exposure and lighting. It truly is a magical world of beauty and mystery. I also enjoyed nature's air conditioning since it was a very hot day when I was there. VV
Zoltán Balogh12-Jun-2021 08:53
Interesting and beautiful at the same time! V
Dan Greenberg08-Jun-2021 04:47
What a thrill it must be to see in person. Remarkable story and image. ~BV~
Raymond Ma05-Jun-2021 21:05
So interesting about the water, one million pennies, I can't imagine! V
Jeff Real05-Jun-2021 14:16
It is fascinating to see this color!
Marisa Livet04-Jun-2021 18:48
Impressive picture and I liked also your explanation.
Nestor Derkach04-Jun-2021 16:10
A excellent image Jane and thanks for the information of the water coloring.
Nice exposure and very nice viewing detail.
Ton T.04-Jun-2021 14:09
Amazing image Jane! V
pkocinski04-Jun-2021 11:33
That water certainly grabs your attention.
Fong Lam04-Jun-2021 09:59
That's a lot of coins in there....fantastic place well captured! V
marie-jose wolff04-Jun-2021 09:30
he blue color of the water highlights the beautiful limestone formations of the cave! V
Borisalex04-Jun-2021 05:57
Beautiful colored scene in the underworld! V
Nirvan Hope04-Jun-2021 02:53
The color becomes a phenomenon all on its own. I think I'd prefer some other way to make $ to preserve the original beauty.
Dennis Hoyne04-Jun-2021 02:51
Beautiful! All the recent pennies are not copper, I wonder if that will change the water color?
Pierre Martin04-Jun-2021 02:17
mother nature can created such beauty, superb picture and presentation!
Carl Carbone04-Jun-2021 02:07
Nice capture. Interesting info!
larose forest photos04-Jun-2021 01:09
What an astonishing scene, beautiful and magical, and then all those pennies! How interesting that the colour is not natural! V
Hank Vander Velde04-Jun-2021 01:04
Beautiful and colorful image Jane. That's a lot of pennies.
laine04-Jun-2021 00:31
That's quite an effect...I hope the funds go to a good cause. Very beautifully captured, Jane. V
globalgadabout03-Jun-2021 22:47
the copper corrosion has produced a visually pleasing scene...that blue plays well in this setting, adding a colourful highlight, and profiting the cave problem then..
Bill Miller03-Jun-2021 22:45
What an amazing and colourful sight
Julie Oldfield03-Jun-2021 18:27
It is a beautiful color, but too bad it is caused by the pennies. Nicely lit to capture it. V
Walter Otto Koenig03-Jun-2021 17:56
Very nice detail and exposure. How lame that people feel the need to throw coins in there. "V"
danad03-Jun-2021 16:18
A stunning place well captured !
John Hamers03-Jun-2021 15:27
Striking blue color an beautiful textures. Great capture V!
Helen Betts03-Jun-2021 15:22
Great capture, and such an interesting narrative. V.
Wim Ensie03-Jun-2021 15:07
fANTASTIC colours Jane, a beauty!!! BV
Nick Paoni03-Jun-2021 14:22
The color is spectacular, but a little surprised they allowed that to go in this natural wonderland. Of course the money is hard to pass up.
Tom LeRoy03-Jun-2021 13:53
Quite amazing to see! That water color is really spectacular. V
joseantonio03-Jun-2021 12:49
that´s a lot of money...V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography03-Jun-2021 12:47
Beautiful capture of this wonderful place, Voted.
Neil Marcus03-Jun-2021 12:44
Someone should suggest nickels for a change of color/revenue
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