Maquoketa Caves State Park

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    On Sunday morning, Hannah and I took a walk through the Maquoketa Caves State Park. This photo is of the Natural Bridge which, aside from the caves, it a well-known natural landmark in Iowa. It is one of the largest state parks in Iowa and one of the largest collection of caves in the midwest. The park is a few miles from the town where I grew up and near Mary's family farm.

    Unfortunately, the caves are closed this year as a precaution to prevent the spread of a disease known as white nose syndrome, which is killing bats in the easter half of the US (thousands of bats live in these caves). That meant that, even though it was Independence Day weekend, we had almost the entire park to ourselves. Still, even thoughspelunking was out of the question, it's a pretty place to hike and photograph.

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    1. annecharlottep 46 months ago | reply

      Wow - what a fantastic place. Great capture!

    2. Don3rdSE 46 months ago | reply

      always have wanted to go there. Looks beautiful. Well captured.

    3. David Sebben--1,000,000+ views, thank you all 46 months ago | reply

      A wonderful treasure in Iowa's own backyard. Everyone needs to experience at least once....then they'll go back again...and again.......

    4. cewoldt 46 months ago | reply

      great shot, that place is well worth the trip!

    5. gloworm09 46 months ago | reply

      So lush and green! Good job.

    6. {rialynn} 46 months ago | reply

      Do you happen to know--are the caves closed for good?

      Love the shot--all the green is gorgeous,

    7. Phil Roeder 46 months ago | reply

      No, just for the season until they think the disease is gone.

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