Colorado State Parks consists of 42 individual parks which highlight the natural beauty and outdoor adventure experiences of Colorado, giving the public much to be proud of and lots of recreational opportunities. Highline Lake State Park in Loma is one of the closest to us … just a mere 13 rural miles. Needless to say, we go there a lot.
As the name implies, the park consists of two lakes, Highline Lake and Mesa Lake. Recreational opportunities include boating, SUP’ing, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and even mountain biking. Tom rides the trails out there … Debbie goes out to explore and photograph nature … all is good!
Birding is big there too. In the summer and fall, many birds use the lakes for feeding, such as the terns, eagles, osprey, etc.Western meadowlarks can also be seen buzzing around the landscape.In mid-September, you can already begin to see some of the early seasonal changes in the landscape.Even the bunny rabbits seem to be out enjoying the beautiful days.Sometimes, when the water level is just right, shorebirds run up and down the shoreline. This killdeer and its mate are quite noisy as they nervously run about, trying to avoid the camera’s lens.No one can miss it when the yellowlegs fly in … as their announcement is loud. LOL. Once landed though, I don’t think he liked the spot, so it left soon afterwards.The short-billed dowitcher didn’t seem to mind my presence and wasn’t shy in approaching me since that’s where it wanted to feed.The detail in its feathers were incredibly fascinating and the light played in its eye.Hanging out with it was this semi-palmated sandpiper … seemingly going left when the dowitcher went left and right when it went right. I guess it figured it was safer that way perhaps or maybe playing clean up.Either way, it sure was equally beautiful, especially when its image was reflected on the surface of the water below.As I mentioned, perhaps they were hanging around together for safety, as the red-tailed hawks were numerous and quite actively flying overhead.Of course, on the softer side of things, the northern flicker woodpecker also calls the trees within the park home. Usually for me woodpeckers seem to run me in circles around trees, as they run in circles around them too foraging insects. However, on this day at least, this flicker gave me a bit of a break and sat still and alert for a brief few seconds. Thanks!As the month rambled on, the colors began to emerge and it was actually quite breathtaking.The only thing that was prettier that the actual view from afar of the seasonal color changes was that of its reflection. It made the vision and joy twice as nice!Especially when you zoom in and get more of the details of the view. This is how I like to remember the lakefront of Highline Lake. I wish I could keep it looking like this forever.I waited for this one to get into the reflection of the golden trees … just also wished it would have been closer. I guess you can’t have everything, but at this moment, it seemed like it was enough. 🙂I hope that you enjoyed getting to “know” Highline Lake State Park too. More to come from this park on a later blog, so stay tune.
Next up: It’s all so Grand, in the Tetons that is 🙂
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