Day 176: Cave Salamander

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These little salamanders love to live in the Great Onyx Cave. They love lots of caves but appear to be like this one because there aren’t as many people hiking through it all day long.

My more educated friend informed me that the scientific name is Eurycea Lucifugus.
Smile and shrug.

I just think they are beautiful. There aren’t many vibrantly colored critters in Kentucky so these sallys are a wonderful treat :-)

Day 176: Cave Salamander

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These little salamanders love to live in the Great Onyx Cave. They love lots of caves but appear to be like this one because there aren’t as many people hiking through it all day long.

My more educated friend informed me that the scientific name is Eurycea Lucifugus.
Smile and shrug.

I just think they are beautiful. There aren’t many vibrantly colored critters in Kentucky so these sallys are a wonderful treat :-)

Day 148: Bishop

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Ed Bishop, guide.

Ed did mountains of exploration in Mammoth Cave. He is best known for his expeditions with Max Kaemper in 1908.

He must have been a pretty cool cat to do exploration with another cat from Germany. They sometimes took young ladies along on their expeditions as well.

Some of the famous place names I lead people through today on wild tours were first discovered and named by Ed and Max.

This particular signature is found on the tourist trails along Main Cave. Easy to find if you know where to look.

August: Honorable Mention

At the end of each month I would like to post an Honorable Mentions blog. There were several photos I thought were really special, but I had to choose just one for the blogs. So this is where those awesome pictures that didn’t make it are going to be found. I realize I had about a week of August to pick from and post. I am going to have to find a way to keep September’s HM blog from being a jungle of photos to be waded through.

Day 3: Sunset

Although this was a beautiful sunset over the city I went shopping in it was not as memorable as the sushi I had for an early dinner that day. Usually the city folk miss out on the beautiful happenings in the heavens. I hope they looked out their windows for this.

Day 6: Cave Entrance

This is the cave entrance that was blasted open in 1931 and it has 183 stairs for visitors to descend. Some visitors have to climb this daunting set of stairs at the end of their tour. To me, it is one of the few impressive man-made things inside my National Park. Most of what I find fascinating are the things that water created underground. When you have a choice between two cuties and some blasted rock, which would you pick?

Day 8: Cattle

I honestly wanted to post some of the pictures I got of my little herd, but I felt obligated to post something academic because it was the first day of school. This little calf was giving me the stink-eye as I filled the water troughs. She was infinitely curious about me, though she kept a wary distance the whole time. Sadly, she probably won’t ever grow a huge set of horns like some of the long horns in the herd because of what her parents are.