As many of you know, we recently bought a home in Colorado. So, it’s only fitting to share some images from some of our early days in town … whether still scoping a home or after we moved out.
No one can talk about western slope and forgo the mentioning of the Colorado National Monument. “The Monument” is a unit of the National Park Service (NPS) made up of canyons etched in the sandstone and granite red rock formations. One enters the park either through the east (Grand Junction) or the west (Fruita) and drives along the 14-mile high desert road, which features amazing landscapes like these.While some of the views overlook the valley floor below, some illustrate the grandeur of the landscape and the unique formations it possesses.The Monument is home to a variety of trees, plants, insects, reptiles, birds and of course mammal wildlife, such as my favorite desert bighorn sheep. We often find them grazing on the landscape and have even seen them congregating together and participating in some early sparing. Believe it or not, when they ram heads, it echoes throughout the canyon.Views from the pullouts are varied by the turn, by the season, by the time of day, and the weather. So far, no day has been the same as another.Even the birds have been different for me. Of course, familiar bird “friends” also have shown up … like the osprey and bald eagles.A bit more surprising for me to see is the great blue herons also flying around. They’re not on every corner like they are in Florida, but they’re also not unusual to see. While out and about one morning, I heard a familiar sound … a meadowlark … but a western meadowlark.Not to be confused with the horned lark, which was a new bird for me.Often seen are the rabbits which roam about and the prairie dogs which are seemingly everywhere.Yep, this is my new home … somewhere … out there … under that rainbow.Next up: More burrowing owls … so cute I can’t stay away (or forget) 🙂
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