If small spaces make you uncomfortable, best only visit Lehman Caves in photographs. Today a narrow tunnel leads you to this particularly low-ceilinged area but in early days, you had to crawl on your belly to squeeze through a narrow crack in the wall to get here. But if you made it, you could hold your oil lantern to the ceiling and burn your initials into the cave, giving this section it’s name: the Inscription Room. As part of cave history, those writings are preserved as “historical graffiti” but for this image, I preferred a side room with a ceiling littered with natural straws.
Fortunately visiting Lehman Caves today is far more respectful of this natural wonder. Even if that means greater photography challenges since tripods are prohibited and use of a flash is strictly limited.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada USA
Shot handheld, no flash using: Canon 5D Mark II & Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 35mm, ISO 2000, 1/10 sec at f/2.8

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Nevada: The Silver State September 29 2012


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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureabout 2 years ago

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  • Poete100
    Poete100about 2 years ago

    I would have claustraphobia in those places…so thank you for posting them so I can see them!

  • Oh Lorraine, as I uploaded this and wrote my description, I was thinking of you! Remembered you told me of your claustrophobia a while back and this image in particular made me a bit sad thinking that you’d probably not experience this underground wonder in person. A wonder of wonders in Nature’s bag of goodies. So glad you saw this and let me share it with you! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    amazing xx

  • Oops, I missed this yesterday… but THANKS all the more Lynn! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 2 years ago

    I went to some Virginia Cables years ago…and I could not wait to get out…I kept looking behing me to where I came in and check to see if I could make a great escape…lol…even though it’s not funny… :-)

  • Oh my, you’re right, not so funny so NO trips to Lehman Caves for you, Young Lady! And I’ll be sure not to even talk to you about how “intimate” spaces are there. But it’s such a beautiful place, maybe I’ll make a "video of images some day so you can “safely” visit. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!! Congratulations on your feature!!! ~ Lynn

  • Thank you very much Lynn for your wonderful comments, feature and fave! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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