Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chatfield State Park: November 2012

A gorgeous fall afternoon called for a quick trip across the street to Chatfield State Park.  I parked by the wildlife viewing shelter near where the South Platte River becomes the reservoir and wandered along the southeastern shore, enjoying the warm weather and bright blue skies.  And checking the Broncos-Chargers game on my iPhone, of course.

The low water level revealed lots of dead stumps, which reflected vividly off the calm water.

A lone sandpiper let me approach close enough for a decent shot.  The mallards and Canada Geese were much more standoffish.

Even a lone parasailer inspired some ducks to take flight.

No snow.  No wildflowers.  No fall foliage.  Still beautiful.

The sun setting right after 4:00 is a little depressing.  But when it looks like this, it takes a little of the sting out.

This uprooted stump was more intricate than any woodcarving.  That's what happens when God is the artist.

I was hoping to get a nice flock of birds flying through before I packed up for the night, but it wasn't to be.  A shot like this isn't a bad consolation prize, though.

Two relaxing hours and an eventual Broncos win made for a very satisfying Sunday!

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