You make some good points. A good photographic record of interesting formations - calcite, mud and others - sounds like an excellent idea which I'm sure explorers are doing more of anyway as cameras become cheaper and more portable. Though probably not worth photographing the squalid crawls that form so much of new passage....But I have to disagree that The Old Ruminator "does not seem to be a highly skilled cave photographer"- he clearly is, even if he's too modest to say so.
the "salon-quality" art pieces that the professionals and their imitators pump out.
The mantra is supposed to make you think.
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