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~Coyote Ridge Natural Area~

nature, centers me

absent, I would not be whole

be, in its wonder

Once a Wheat Field
Once a Wheat Field

My friend Shari and I went on a hike, this past Wednesday, in the Coyote Ridge Natural area, located between Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado.

We hiked about four miles round trip. This area is beautiful and we had a fantastic view of the Hogbacks sitting majestically to the west!

Between two ridges
Between Two Ridges

It was a gorgeous, sunny day with blue skies and a few white puffy clouds. We had a great time. We passed and said hello to bike riders, other hikers and runners all enjoying this natural trail system.

We also encountered a few four-legged animals enjoying the area as well. 

Mule Deer
Mule Deer

This photo looks a little odd to me, as if I took the head of another deer and placed it on this deer’s body! She was standing up hill from me as I was trying to take her picture from the trail below.

"Maybe they don't see me"
“Maybe they don’t see me”

We spotted a few birds, but not many. A Black-billed Magpie riding the wind, an American Robin sitting in a pine tree singing a tune and a Northern Flicker just being a Flicker, making a lot of noise! All of which were fun to see.

Hogbacks are defined as, a ridge with steep sides formed by dipping strata. Dipping strata are stratified layers of rocks lying at an angle.

The name, Hogback, comes from the ridge resembling the high, knobby spine between the shoulders of a hog.

In most cases, the two strata that compose a hogback are different types of sedimentary rock with differing weathering rates. 

The softer rock erodes more quickly than overlying hard rock. Over time, the softer rock retreats to a point where the hard and soft rock strata are adjacent. This creates cliffs that steepen as the softer rock continues to erode. (info taken from web)

Standing on a Hogback
Standing on a Hogback
Whoa! What big ears you have!
Whoa! What big ears you have!
My Center, Nature
My Center, Nature

Bye for now!

WP:~Mule Deer~

Sheila’s Wildlife Photos: ~Mule Deer in Rocky Mountain National Park~

 

Mule Deer (male)
Mule Deer (male)

These Mule deer images were taken in September, 2012 in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were in a meadow munching on vegetation; it was fun to photograph  and  observe their behavior.

 

Close Up of his Big Ears
Close Up of his Big Ears

Chatting
Chatting

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are indigenous to western North America and are found west of the Missouri River. They are named Mule deer, because they have big ears like a mule.

A most handsome face
A most handsome face
"I might try this one"
“I might try this one”
"Go Away!"
“Go Away!”