Since cave pearls have been brought up, I feel that it is my duty, as
an avid caver and someone interested in cave preservation, to mention
that removing cave pearls (or anything else from a cave, for that
matter) is a federal crime, not to mention mean to the environment of
By all means, enjoy the beauty of cave formations in their natural
setting, but please do not take minerals and formations out of the
caves. If you really want to appreciate them, feel free to take
pictures, but leave them in their natural setting.
As the motto of the NSS goes, “Take nothing but pictures, leave
nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”
BTW, caving’s a great time…go to www.caves.org to find a group
near you to hook up with. :o) And Dave Bunnell (the guy who took the
photograph that Charles was so kind to share with us) is a wonderful
cave photographer and good friend of my fiance’s family.
-Cortney in hot 'n humid (but currently slightly cooler due to the
wonderful thunderstorms…Yay!) Pittsburgh, PA