04 August 2010

ABC Wednesday C Refrigerator Canyon & Caves

 I took these pictures in July 2010 in Montana's Helena National Forest. The limestone formations create Refrigerator Canyon, which is typically 20-30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. Carved through limestone by a small mountain stream, the canyon is 10-feet wide and 200-feet tall. It cools when air moves through the canyon and evaporates water from the stream.   The creek is high enough this year that parts of the trail beyond the canyon are washed out.  
This is one of the walls of the canyon. Do these caves connect?  Intuition tells me yes.  If I visit again, I'll go when the sun is higher in the sky to see if it provides any clue. 
This little cave is on the canyon wall opposite the one pictured above.  The dark stuff way in the back center is a patch of bat guano.  Bat guano contains guanine, a key ingredient in mascara.  Yes ladies, some mascara is made from bat shit.  Don't worry, I'm sure it's sterilized.  Below you'll find a close-up of a patch for your viewing pleasure.  ;-)


You can see these caves way over to the left on the picture above with the possible connecting caves.  I think they look like lungs or maybe turkey legs.  All these caves got me wishing I was a little critter, so I could check out inside.  Spelunking isn't really my thing.  I like to see the wide and wild world, not descend into its depths.  I'll save that for my final curtain call.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Your comments make my day!  Please be sure to visit ABC Wednesday for more explorations of the letter C in picture and word.


Gayle said...

At first I didn't notice the person (maybe you?) in the 1st photo - the rocks are massive!

brenda w said...

Nope Gayle, that's my husband Len. Thanks for stopping by!

Manang Kim said...

I learned a word today spelunking. And it's not my cup of tea too ^_^. I just watch The Descent, and it scares me. I feel I was claustrophobic while watching the movie lol! Love these shots it's amazing how massive this Canyon.

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brenda w said...

Hi Kim, I saw The Descent, too. That movie physically frightened me. You are right, it's the claustrophobia!

VioletSky said...

I wish I wasn't so claustrophobic as spelunking fascinates me.

00dozo said...

I'm glad I don't wear mascara anymore, and probably won't in the future! An interesting fact, though.

Great pictures and nice take on the theme.

Jingle said...

love caves.
your shots are beautiful.

Roger Owen Green said...

lovely caves, but i ain't spelunking at all.
guano is a way to find the bat in your living quarters, which we've has 2002-2007 and 2009.

but 20 degrees cooler; THAT I could do

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! -ROG

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful and interesting! Batdoo in mascara and bugs in lipstick. Fascinating world, isn't it? Love your C post!