Friday, October 30, 2020

Fall Has Fled

Fall has fled, 
its beauty stripped by cold winds and driving snow.
I had a chance to wander afield in Red-tailed Hawk Park
a few hours before a winter storm arrived howling in the dark of night. 
It was fun to enjoy the last of a gorgeous season.

Cottonwood Stand
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Doves in a Willow
(Eurasian Collared-Doves and perhaps a Peachleaf Willow) 
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwood Leaves
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwoods and Willows
along a stream in Sampsom Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Cottonwoods in Sampson Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Swallows Nests
Underpass Below Aurora Parkway
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Pond in Sampson Gulch
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Rabbitbrush Gone to Seed
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Female Red-winged Blackbird in Willows
Sampson Gulch Trail Just Beyond Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Painted-Over Graffiti with an Autumn Luster   
Underpass Below Aurora Parkway
Red-Tailed Hawk Park
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Milkwood Seeds in Sampson Gulch
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Mule Deer Before the Storm
Near Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Oak Leaves
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Young Cottonwood and Rabbitbrush Gone to Seed
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
Red-Tailed Hawk Park 
Aurora, Colorado
October 19, 2020
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Wednesday, November 4th is IWSG Day
(Insecure Writer's Support Group Day),
so I'll be posting on Wednesday instead of Friday.  
Take care!







Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
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19 comments:

  1. Lovely autumn images, Louise. Thank you for sharing them with us. Our fall started well and now it's taken a dive. We've had cold weather and rainy days, which has made it difficult to get out and walk. Not looking forward to this winter with this pandemic. I think we're going to feel a lot more isolated this year when the snow arrives along with frigid temperatures. Be well!

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    1. Thanks, Martha! I'm not looking forward to this winter's isolation. I keep reminding myself that it's worth it if we make it safely through to a vaccination. I have a lot of living left to do, and that's what keeps me going. Friends of our family were very sick with Covid. Fortunately they survived, but it was scary, especially when they thought they might not make it. Please, please take care! Hugs to you!

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  2. Beautiful shots and great capture of the prairie dog. I've never seen swallowtail nests before. Amazing.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! I was so excited when I saw my picture of the prairie dog. I only have a point and shoot camera, and I can't always tell what I've captured until I load my photos on the computer. Since the digital photography revolution, I've been out of control (but having so much fun). Have a lovely weekend with your wife!

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  3. So golden and beautiful. Those doves look like our mourning doves.

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    1. Hi, Diane! I thought they were mourning doves, but I took so long trying to identify that tree that I simply called them doves. I just checked, and they are European-Collared Doves. They have a distinctive black collar edged in white on the nape of their necks, whereas the mourning doves have no collar and black spots on their wings. Apparently the European-Collared Doves are a successful invasive species in Colorado. I was surprised to learn that people hunt doves. Why would anyone shoot a dove? I could never hunt myself, but hunters support wildlife and conservation in our state, so I support them. Have a good one, my friend! Stay careful and safe!

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  4. Nice shots, Louise! Especially the closeups of the cottonwood leaves and the oak leaves -- love how the sun shines through them. Have a great Halloween!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I'm fascinated with how the sun shines on leaves. I never tire of trying to capture such photos. You have a great Halloween, too, Debra!

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  5. Lovely pics Louise, not so sure about the snow.
    Enjoy Halloween..... if you can.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! I'm less and less excited about the snow every year, but don't tell my husband though. He might get really serious about moving to the desert ~ LOL! We will have a full moon tomorrow night for Halloween. It's also a blue moon because it's the second full moon this month. For sure I'll be trying to capture a good photo. I worry about you, since I know that things are getting bad in the UK. Please, please be careful! I keep reminding myself that we're nine months closer to the end of the coronavirus. Hang in there!

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  6. Lots of beautiful photos, Louise. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie! Being able to share my photos gives me a lot of pleasure. Be safe, my friend! Hugs to you!

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  7. Wow, that prairie dog shot was awesome indeed. Not that the others aren't, that one is just a great capture. The deer are sure all having a snack together. No social distancing there haha still a lot to see as you stroll about. You should post the pics to instagram too.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Thanks for the push to Instagram. I'll try to do that in the next few days. I have to figure out how to post more than one photo at a time ~ LOL! I hope Uncle Pattie has had a lot of fun with his little ghouls on Halloween!

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  8. We might not see a fall this year here. It’s felt mostly like summer so far

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    1. Lucky you, Adam! We've already had several blasts of winter. Take care, my friend!

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  9. Lovely photos. Yesterday, winter blew in with 60 mph winds and a temperature that dropped into the 20s with much lower wind chill.

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  10. thank you so much for taking along dear Louise ,i thoroughly enjoyed each glimpse from your wander to park ,what a blessing to have delightful surroundings embellished with stunning feathery beauties :)))

    i am amazed with your knowledge about birds as you mentioned female black bird :)
    mule deer are magnificent creature indeed ,this photo seems master piece to me ,brilliantly taken !
    our winters haven't started yet so we are enjoying spring like beautiful breezy days by the grace of Lord!
    i hope all is great with you both!
    stay safe and happy my friend!
    hugs

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