We've had a bit of a warm front again this week, with temperatures in the 60's and 70's. Most of the snow in my neighborhood has melted and some of the trees are beginning to grow buds. Unfortunately, the snow pack in the high Rocky Mountains is below normal for this time of the year. It is not good news for the western states which depend on snow melt in the mountains to feed their rivers and reservoirs. We may still have a few more snowstorms before spring is over, which would be a very good thing, even if having nice weather has been pleasant. This view is of Mt. Evans--the highest Rocky Mountain closest to Denver. Did you see my blog post this summer where my husband and I took a ride to the summit of this mountain! It is approximately 14,270 feet high and the road towards the top is the highest paved road in the United States! We had to hike the last quarter mile! Click here if you would like to view that post. (All photos and photo collages will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on)
On one of the beautiful days this week my husband and I drove over to Cherry Creek State Park and bought a year's pass to all the state parks in Colorado. Cherry Creek State Park is 4,200 acres large with a 880 acres reservoir, surrounded by 35 miles of mixed use trails and natural areas. Over 40 species of animals can be seen in the park, including eastern cottontail rabbits. coyote, beavers, fox, muskrat, raccoon, ground squirrels, mule deer, white tail deer, and prairie dogs. It is also the migratory path for many birds and raptors. There are campsites in the park as well as facilities for model airplane flying, a family shooting practice range, horseback riding and picnic grounds
Wetlands in the park are the habitats for water fowl, and they also help to filter the waters that lead into the reservoir.
Local fishermen can fish from boats or the shore for walleyes, trout, wipers, large mouth bass, white crappies, bluegills tiger muskies and gizzard shads.
I saw and heard many nesting Black Billed Magpies high up in the trees. Magpies have very loud voices, and a nest full of them was a cacophony of sounds.
I was hoping to see some bald eagles and after a drive around for about a half hour I finally spied one in a tree, far on the horizon.
It watched a Magpie fly by.
He sat there for quite awhile while I kept changing camera lenses, trying to zoom in closer.
He finally flew to the top of a closer tree top where I was able to get this last photo before he quickly flew away. I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing eagles flying overhead. They are such magnificent birds!
"They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint." ~Isaiah 40:31
I am happy to announce that the winner of my St. Patrick's Day give away was chosen by Random.Org as comment number 10. That comment was by Sarah of the blog "Hyacinths For the Soul"
Congratulations, Sarah! This copy of Tracy Stern's "Tea Party Cookbook" will soon be on your way! Thank you to all who commented!
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