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Mexico’s Poisonous Cave



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Fishing With Poison
Photograph by Stephen Alvarez

To catch the cave’s fish, villagers grind the roots of barbasco, a plant collected in nearby mountains. This man will make a pouch from the leaves next to him to carry the barbasco to the cave. Sprinkled into its pools in the form of a paste, the barbasco, a mild poison, stuns the fish and makes them easy to capture. Although hundreds of yards from the cave, this area, like others, often bears the rotten-egg odor of hydrogen sulfide.



Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light





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