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Mother Nature at her finest

July 18th, 2011

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A mother Downy Woodpecker,left, teaches her youngster the finer art of outdoor dining.

I love this time of year in Evergreen.With temperatures in the low 80’s, the threat of snow is gone for darn near ninety days. And after 10 days of rain from a Gulf of Mexico monsoonal flow, the mountain meadows are a deep rich green, the wildflowers are bursting with vibrant colors and even the wildlife seem to have brilliant coats- the deer have a sandy-buff color, the elk are sporting a spice-market cinnamon hue and the bears appear to have an ultra- sheen to them.

Everywhere you look people are enjoying themselves in this summer prime. Less than two miles from the house is a network of open space trails-over six miles in all- where hikers, mountain bikers and runners come together forming a unique sound of happy feet. Across the way is an off-lead dog park that recently saw an upgrade of wonderfully-graded, crushed rock serpentine trails. It’s a place where dogs seem to come unglued with joy and their owners have a purpose to their steps.

Summer's Monet

A gentle breeze yesterday brought poetry to the wildflowers along the banks of the Buchanan Ponds in Evergreen (CO).

And most enjoyable is the sightings of all the new offspring. They all display an awkward sense with their gangly legs, funny wobbles and unkept feathers as the cling near the adults for security.

It’s all good. Good sights, good smells and good fun.

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