I stand on a cliff high above the river,
bathed in the light of a harvest moon,
A misty fog rises off the water,
cool fall air fills my lungs.
Down below a solitary soul waits,
its mournful call swirls and rises with the mist,
Its plea pierces my heart,
as he calls for his mate.
Nights are getting colder,
winter is coming,
instinctively he knows,
with haste they must leave.
Dangerously he stays awhile longer,
survival lost over desire,
finally she appears out of the woods,
a scene to remember.
As this magnificent wolf pair turn to leave,
in the light of the harvest moon,
I realize their journey will be long,
From my now silent place,
high on the cliff,
I promise to be here on the day,
spring welcomes their family home.
What a wonderful surprise it was to glance down at one of our feeders and see this beautiful, perhaps first spring, Indigo Bunting. I don’t like posting photos of birds at the feeder, but he was so skittish I was just glad to capture him at all.
We haven’t spotted him since this photo was taken and we are hoping, after being in its breeding range this spring and summer, he is well on his way to winter ranges.
Charlotte at Prairie Birder
Michelle at Rambling Woods
On our walk we met an elderly couple sitting on a bench. They were wearing their Parks & Recreation volunteer vests, and huge smiles. When someone walked by their bench they were very happy to engage in conversation. With paper and pens on their laps, they were recording how many people they saw including activities they were doing. This data would be turned over to Parks and Rec to help in making future decisions on this multipurpose area. By the way, this park was being constructed in 2012 when a flood destroyed the progress. It has taken several years to build it again.
Howard and I chatted with them for several minutes and we enjoyed our chat with these friendly “youngsters”. They were RV’ers, having traveled in many different rigs and through many states. No longer wanting to travel they moved into a beautiful home within walking distance of the Big Thompson River and their bench. It was nice to see them happy and enthused about life.
So what were people doing on this beautiful morning: walking, sightseeing, biking, running, fishing, taking photos, sitting, kids were throwing rocks into the ponds, and certainly enjoying this gorgeous park along the river. As for me, I was testing out my new Canon lens. It is a EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Just a few photos.
One of the many ponds around Loveland, Colorado.
Further along the path a man was standing, straddled his bike. As we approached he pointed out this baby snake. After taking a couple of photos of the snake we chatted for a few minutes. He was from Tampa, Florida, visiting his brother and family. He told me, “all snakes bite, but not all are poisonous.” He also told us that he played base in the Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock Bank for many years. Isn’t it fun to chat with people? Well most of the time! Heehee!
Take a walk, chat with people, enjoy the day.
I believe, after much studying, that this beautiful little lady is a Rufous. I could be wrong, sometimes the only different between the females are tail length
Broad-tailed, notice the eye ring and the spotted cheeks.
“You talking to me.”
“Until next time, please keep putting food out for us migrating little beauties.”
severe the seasons
so high in the sky
sunning at the edge
careful I must be
Sharing with Michele at Nature Notes