Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave Park is in the heart of the bluegrass state near Brownsville, Kentucky. The park was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It stretches over 82 square miles and sees about half a million vistors per year. It famously know for having the longest cave network on the planet. The second largest cave system is in Mexico and is underwater. Mammoth Caves are largely made up of sandstone and limestone. A portions of the Green River and Nolin River flow into the park. Tours through the caves are the most popular activity in the park but visitors also hiking and camping. Ranger led activities are season so call ahead for scheduling.

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Mammoth Cave National Park

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End of season for some services

The end of November marks the end of the season for certain services at Mammoth Cave National Park, including the picnic area and campgrounds.

Winter forecast closes Park Friday January 12

Mammoth Cave, Ky., January 11, 2018 -- Mammoth Cave National Park will be closed Friday, January 12, because the ice and snow forecast. If weather permits, Green River Ferry, Mammoth Cave Parkway and Brownsville Road will remain open until 7:30 a.m. Friday to accommodate commuters. Thursday evening, staff will close Houchin Ferry Road-South, Flint Ridge Road, and Dennison Ferry Road. On Friday, all park operations will be closed, including cave tours, the visitor center, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave, roads and all park offices.

MLK Day brings free Mammoth Passage, Historic tours

Mammoth Cave National Park will offer two free Mammoth Passage cave tours and one free Historic cave tour on Monday, January 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Space is limited to 120 tickets for the 10:30 Historic tour, and 70 ticket for each of the 9:30 and 12:30 Mammoth Passage tours. Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center on January 15 before going on these tours. The visitor center opens at 8:30 a.m. Both tours depart from the Mammoth Cave Lodge Rotunda Room and require a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center.

Mammoth Cave National Park Photos

Had I Not Found Content Amongst the Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park)

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Had I Not Found Content Amongst the Trees (Mammoth Cave National Park)

Had I Not Found Content Amongst the Trees,
I Would Still be in the City.
I hear the bird sing their morning ritual
as my feet create a sound of crunch with the rocks.
My flesh seems to feel the pains of age,
but I hear sounds and see the wonders amongst the trees,
And I feel young again with no days past.
This love makes my blood race with one foot to lead the other.
For I have indeed found content amongst the trees!

Another work of short poetry or prose to complement the image captured one afternoon in Mammoth Cave National Park from an overlook while walking the Turnhole Bend Nature Trail.

Composing the image was a matter of using the opening in the trees to my front and finding that right framing with them on the sides for a look beyond, It was in metering that the image proved...well, I took a lot longer to spot meter around to find a good enough mean shutter speed to not blow any highlights in the distance clouds while later being able to bring out the nearby shadowed areas of the forest around me. Out of a convenient timing in software release, Aurora HDR 2019 was release with a new rendering engine. I decided to try that out on the NEF image I captured seeing what I might bring out. Definitely impressive for a start point. I then exported a TIFF image that I could work with in Capture NX2. I used a Foliage and Polarization CEP filter to bring out the result for the final image seen here.

Orange Mushroom.

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Orange Mushroom.

Found on a walk around Sloan's Pond.

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Tiny Toad

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Tiny Toad

Taken on a hike in the park.
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Orange Mushroom.

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Orange Mushroom.

Found on a hike in the park.

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