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A Dogged Faith
Photograph by Landon Nordeman

If you believe that radon exposure can benefit humans, then why not pets too? Ailing, aged canines (and a few cats too) seek relief from assorted ills in the Doggie Den, a separate, animal-friendly chamber within the Merry Widow Mine. "There's nothing wrong with Fozzy," at center, says her owner Heather Scott, who suffers from arthritis. "But I had to bring her with me, or she'd cause holy terror in the house."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm f/2.8  zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Inside the mine
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Nikon SB-28 off-camera.
Special Equipment or Comments: I used a handheld flash inside the Merry Widow Mine. It's dark. Dark like a cave is dark. I had to use a flash with almost every image. I would lose track of time when I was in there, and did not know if it was morning, or evening, but that did not affect the light; it was always the same: dark.

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