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As the Park service explains, Lehman Caves is known for its highly decorated chambers. A tour of Lehman Caves allows you to experience some of the more common cave formations, as well as some extremely rare formations that are seen in very few places on planet earth. The diversity of formations present in Lehman Caves is so great, that one would have to travel to countless caves to see everything that can be seen on a 60 minute tour of this cave system.” But no matter what you call them… stalactites, stalagmites, columns, straws, chandeliers, draperies, popcorn, flowstone, shields, bacon, dams, stone waterfalls… dripping from the walls of ceilings of this cave I see scenes of haunted houses on Halloween.

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 16mm, ISO 2000, 1/6 sec at f/2.8

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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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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    Lucky you! I love caves. I visited Lurey Caves last year with my daughter. I have one pic here.
    beautiful serie. were you aloud to carry a tripod or it’s prohibited? for sure we feel something special inside the earth… nature is really amazing!

  • Thank you Manon! This was my 3rd chance to visit a cave and you’re right, amazing fantastic places. They seriously limit what you’re allowed to take. No tripods, backpacks, water bottles. I have 2 DSLRs but they only allowed one (so my boyfriend carried my second ;-) Once we got in, I understood why. Lehman has much smaller spaces than other caves I’ve visited. You often need to duck under low ceilings, bend to navigate tight curves, turn sideways to squeeze through narrow gaps between walls. Can barely make it through with just the shirt on your back! Equipment would be impossible without banging into and damaging the cave. But the tight quarters make for a wonderful, intimate experience that make this my favorite of caves! I hope you get the chance to see it for yourself someday. It’s phenomenal!

    – Owed to Nature

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Wonderful inside caves and this is no exception, great lighting and capture.x

  • Thank you very much for such wonderful comments! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    thank you so much for the precision. it was a chance for me, Lurey cavern is huge enough that I was aloud to use my tripod.
    for sure I keep the info for your cavern so I might go one day… who knows ;)

  • Your are welcome Manon. As a smart and kind woman recently told me, “that’s what friends are for”! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    That looks spooky but very captivating,,,Great shot!!!

  • It does look spooky in pictures but in person, I found it totally spectacular. Thank You!

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • Much heartfelt appreciation for your support and features!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    August 29,2012 Great work.

  • Thank you Ann for the pleasure and honor of this wonderful Feature! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisover 2 years ago


    Beautiful photo of one of nature’s natural wonders located in the Great State of Nevada.

  • Many thanks for your wonderful words and feature. Was a great pleasure and privilege, full of fun and wonder, exploring your lovely home state! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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