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