Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Roxborough State Park: September 2013

My mom's been in town for a couple of days from Ohio. Tail end of a long road trip that saw her and her husband hit seven National Parks, three of which I've never been to. So yes, jealous.

After two straight days of rain I wanted to get them out to see something here. We've gone to Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Evans and Garden of the Gods on past visits. This time all I could manage was the short drive to Roxborough State Park. But just because it's close doesn't mean it's not special.

Mule deer, Roxborough State Park
I'd hoped the cool, wet weather might bring out some more wildlife.  And we did see quite a few mule deer on the drive in, including this little doe.

Roxborough State Park
The thick clouds presented a very different scene than we normally get in the Land of 300 Days of Sunshine.  A small break even briefly spotlighted one of the sandstone spires in the Fountain Formation.

Roxborough State Park
I've learned that overcast doesn't have to necessarily mean flat and boring.  It just presents different perspectives and opportunities.

Roxborough State Park
The clouds were low enough in spots to add a little drama and mystery to certain views.

Roxborough State Park
Despite our wet August, the impending onset of fall is starting to be seen in the meadows.

Mule deer, Roxborough State Park
This guy is working on losing his velvet in preparation for the fall rut.

Mule deer, Roxborough State Park
Boys' night!

Mule deer, Roxborough State Park
Not sure if this young fellow is going to be doing much rutting yet this year.  But he looks ready for action.

Just a quick trip to the park -- not more than an hour.  But enough to get a little fresh air and enjoy a little of the local scenery.  And we didn't even get rained on!

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