Local potter and photographer Peter Jones has been exploring and photographing the underground world for 44 years, and he spent two weeks this April photographing in eight different caves under the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico. He will present a slide talk with some of these new images taken with new techniques Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Caving (not called spelunking by those serious about it) has been a big part of Jones’ life since he went into my first wild cave in 1968 while at the University of Denver.

“I knew then it would be a lifelong pursuit, though I never would have guessed that it would be such a wonderful vocation for me as well,” he said.

Although Jones is a potter by trade, he finds his cave-related business is growing year by year.

"How incredibly fortunate I am to have found two things in my life that produce a living income for me and fulfill my creative desires as well,” he said.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.