Dennis and I spent a good portion of this morning in RMNP. I'm always glad I have my camera with me when we go for a drive in the Park. These bulls were hanging out not far from the entrance. . .
They still have their antlers, but it won't be long before they shed them.
This fella was off by himself. . .
You may not be able to tell from this photo, since the bird was too far away for a good shot, but that's a Mountain Bluebird perched on the rock. . .
An interesting fact about this bird is that only the female builds the nest. According to Allaboutbirds.org: "The male sometimes acts as if he is helping, but he either brings no nest material or he drops it on the way."
This would be akin to the human male either forgetting to pick up the gallon of milk on his way home from work, or dropping it in the driveway. (Just kidding. I personally know of no men who would do such a thing.)
The Black-billed Magpie were pretty busy in the Park this morning, too. . .
Maybe it's just me, but I felt this bird had a little bit of attitude. . .
Magpie are known for their unneighborly conduct, raiding the nests of other birds. However, they also like to land on the backs of large mammals, such as deer and moose, and clean off the ticks. Here in the Rockies, having a magpie on your back could be an asset.
There was a definite feeling of spring in the air, despite the wind. I hiked along Fall River in Endo Valley to get these shots. . .
Dennis got into the act in Moraine Park. . .
Isn't this a wonderful spot for a cabin?
I know there are other beautiful places to live besides the Colorado Rockies, but right now I can't think of any.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them. --Psalm 104:8