Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!



On May 5th and 6th we toured and hiked more of Mammoth Cave National Park we also took a tour of the Diamond Caverns just outside the park entrance. We hiked on the Green River Bluff trail had beautiful views of the river and forest in the park. 





The Green River a day after the big rain storm. The river is muddy and not the green color from the day before.


One of the few raptors I saw on my road trip. I am not sure of the id.



A female Eastern Towhee


Diamond Caverns is a public cave outside the Mammoth Cave National Park. Diamond Caverns has been offering tours for 155 years.


The some of the ceiling in the Diamond Caverns.


Below are various cave formations found in the Diamond Caverns.


The water dripping constantly keeps the cave growing.  I think the drips on the bottom right look neat.


The shapes and formations are beautiful.


Amazing drapery formation was very pretty.



We did not see any of the bats in the caves, I would not mind seeing them hanging from the cave ceiling.  White-nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bat populations and spreading in the USA. The loss of millions of bats is bad news as they devour millions of insect pests and have a role in pollination.





I was thankful there were lights inside this cave and our cave guide was great.

I am thankful for the beauty above and below the ground.

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hostingHappy Monday, enjoy your day and new week! Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

48 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Eileen.. Interesting and beautiful cavern.. Have a great days

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma gruta magnifica.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Marco Luijken said...

Impressive shots Eileen.
Nice to see these places.

Greetings, Marco

Tom said...

...such underground beauty!

David Gascoigne said...

The issue with the decline of bats is very serious. Not only are they being decimated by white nose disease, temperatures in their winter roosting areas are causing some species to come out of hibernation irregularly and prematurely, causing great mortality.........and if that isn’t enough wind turbines pose a great hazard. The bats get on the back side of the blades into a pressure vortex that causes pulmonary embolism, and their lungs explode - literally. As humans, if there is a way to imperil everything else we’ll find it.

Karen said...

Kentucky is very beautiful. I can imagine how Daniel Boone was so inspired by it when he first saw it.

rupam sarma said...

Awesome post and pics.
Greetings from India

Rejane Tazza said...

Muito lindo e adorei ver as cavernas! beijos, ótimo dia! chica

Sandra said...

so beautiful in there, love the ceiling... testing to see if this comes to you

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


Between bees and bats, life on this planet is a lot easier.

Wondrous creatures.

Mary Hone said...

That's a shame about the bats, they really are valuable. That cave is great, the formations are so interesting.

Sandra said...

Wonderful pictures. Have a Happy Day.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard about that bat disease. Hopefully the bats can make a recovery.

italiafinlandia said...

Amazing formations!
What a pity to hear about that bats illness spreading! Let's hope man can find a remedy for it...
Thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm sorry to hear about the bats too. It's such a shame when things get out of balance. We have them flying around at night here...YAY! They eat mosquitoes! Enjoy your day!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello Eileen,

Beautiful photos! The shapes and formations are so special.
Happy Thursday!

Jenn Jilks said...

What an interesting place to visit!

Nancy Chan said...

Interesting hike and cave visit!

Klara S said...

I like watching bats. There are very interesting creatures.

William Kendall said...

Magnificent countryside!

ellen b. said...

Amazing scenes under the ground. That's sad about the bats. Happy first day of summer to you!

A Colorful World said...

The caverns were fascinating! Loved the other photos of the Green River and the park itself, too. I am so thankful when I can travel and enjoy life and enjoy being with my hubby and enjoy getting photos of awesome things! I guess I should have made a post! :-)

Cloudia said...

You bring friendship, beauty and healing into our daily lives, Eileen <3

RedPat said...

I still think you are brave to go into the caves, Eileen!

Caroline Gill said...

What intricate cave ceiling patterns, Eileen! Your hikes and travels are utterly amazing. How sad though about the bat disease. Thank you, as always, for your kind comments.

Michelle said...

This is such a beautiful place. I'm glad you had time to enjoy it. Thanks for linking up!

happyone said...

What great formations in the caves. Amazing!!

amo sin blogg said...

Fantastisk flott innlegg.
Fint at du deler.
Ønsker deg en fin helg.
Klem

Out on the prairie said...

very nice shots,like the dappled ceiling

Missy George said...

Interesting cave photos.I love the formations that one finds in caves..I haven't been in one for a long time..I might like to live in one for the rest of the summer..Thanks for sharing..

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a fun trip that you captured beautifully and perfectly.

Joyful said...

Awesome cave photos!

betty-NZ said...

What an amazing place! I had no idea it existed. Those stalactites are stunning.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You find such beautiful places

ann said...

Looks like a great trip. You got to see so much. Thanks for taking us along.

Thomas Lee said...

Love the compositon of the Green River shot

Sussi said...

impressive cavern!

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots of those Diamond Caverns.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow I have never been in a cave or cavern---we do have small bats at our house---I like them
MB

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, weird and other-worldly!! Great photos... the dripping water appears to be glowing! Takes me back to a vacation we took years ago to the Carlsbad Caverns. Have a great weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Unique cave shots ~ awesome!


Healing energy for all,
A ShutterBug Explores,
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Wandering Wren said...

That amazing drapery looks like a whales tail to me! I have never heard of white-nose symdrome, sounds a massive problem.
Wren x

Lowcarb team member said...

What absolutely lovely cave formations, I enjoyed your photographs.

All the best Jan

Debbie said...

the images from inside the caves are really gorgeous. there are caves in Pennsylvania, "indian echo caverns" that we have toured several times. i would be frightened if i saw bats, i am not a fan!!

having a nice tour guide really helps to make the experience wonderful!!

happy weekend eileen!!

Kay L. Davies said...

The brown of the river contrasts perfectly with the greenery around it.
Kay
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Angie said...

Although I have visited Mammoth a couple of times, I have never been to Diamond Caverns, so I appreciate your pictures very much. I like bats; we put up a bat box earlier this spring but have yet to attract any inhabitants! Enjoy your week ahead!

Jeanie said...

You know I always love the birds but those cave images really fascinate me. What a remarkable experience. I never thought that is something I'd want to do but your photos are making me rethink that!

Lynne said...

Thank you for the bat info . . .
I am leery of them flying around at night but do realize their positive side.

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