Surprisingly, we were allowed camera and flashes while in Smoke Hole Caverns located in Grant County, West Virginia. So brother-in-law and I strapped our respective cameras around our necks and entered excited about the possibilities to do some underground photography. Quickly I realized that it was going to be more difficult than I had hoped as a tripod and flash diffuser would have also been nice to have in the cave as well. Actually, it would have been nice to have a couple or three soft boxes and the caves free of tourists. But as it is so often, it was what it was. Some decent photographs were obtained — I particularly liked this photo of some “soda straw” stalactites, especially when viewed large. You can really see just how fragile these stalactites actually are. Other photos were taken — and many uploaded to flickr — but in so many cases, the lighting was too harsh, not enough, and the impact of many subjects in the photos is lost due to a lack of scale reference.