Photos of readers

Reader Kurt Helf sent a photo and a bit of information (indented).

Here is an image of me kayaking in Echo River, an underground river in Mammoth Cave National Park, as part of my duties as an employee of the Cumberland Piedmont Network.  My colleagues and I were moving inflatable kayaks from one site to another, a process which was facilitated due to low water, the removal of a decommissioned dam on the Green River, and the removal of gravel from the river’s spring head.  We were working on installing transects and stilling wells in two cave rivers as part of my Network’s long-term efforts to monitor cave aquatic biota at Mammoth Cave National Park.  The image quality isn’t the best, but I was doing most of the photography so it’s the only image of me in the kayak.

See my Facebook page for more photos on these trips if you’re interested. for more photos on these trips if you’re interested.


  1. Tom
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    What an interesting job!
    Maybe he can send in some cool photos of the blind (eye-less) fish and some of the other fascinating critters that live in those waters.

  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting work.

    Stilling wells

    Oh, that’s what you mean. Oh, the number of times I’ve asked for permission to install something like that in our level-measurement systems, to be told “you’re not welding nowt in my mud pits!”

  3. rickflick
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    A really fascinating job.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you’re doing some great work down in them caves. Thanks for the link…fascinating Network.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Lookin’ like “Charon,” the oarsman who ferried souls of the newly deceased to the Underworld across the river Styx, Kurt.

    Mammoth Caves is a strange and wonderful place. Beats goin’ to the office every day, I’ll bet.

  6. Posted September 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your work with us!

    Nice photo, a little reminiscent of a suited-up crash test dummy, but I’m sure you are no dummy!

  7. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a very interest job and a lot of fun as well. Enough to make a long retired person go back to work.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      You can always volunteer. Contact your local wildlife refuge or similar facility and ask about volunteering. I do so regularly and enjoy it thoroughly. Also, see if your region has a Master Naturalist Program where you can learn a lot about your area’s natural systems and find lots of like minded people.

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