One of the great joys of photography is that it gives you another excuse to explore the world. To venture out and collect the wonderful things you see on film or, as in the modern age, on a digital memory card. 

This gallery features a popular favorite among explorers, caves. As a photographer, the cave poses the challenge of deep penetrating darkness, but in this darkness lays the intrigue of untouched and unseen mysteries hiding deep below the earth. 

While natural light is preferred, it is not always possible, and often a camera transcends its purpose of documentation to become a navigational tool, lighting your way with its flash. If you have the resolve, ambitious expeditions into the peculiar corners of the planet are their own reward, but if you are armed with a camera, stunning shots await you at the end of your journey! Here are a few examples from our very own community.

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pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves

pictures of caves