It was on this date in 1876 that Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state. A lot certainly has changed in the 141 years since then but, despite all of the progress, much of the natural beauty for which the state is known for remains.
In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates visited the state and soon after penned “America the Beautiful”. It is well known that the amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties she wrote about were a direct reflection of her time here.
In fact, it is said that a visit to the summit of Pikes Peak was indeed her primary inspiration. From the lower elevations of the Great Plains that cover the eastern half of this state to the rugged mountains in the west, this truly is an amazing place and I am blessed to have been born here.
This image taken back in April seems to me to do a nice job capturing this state.
Oh my goodness! I could have bundled this little Mule Deer fawn up and taken it home it was so cute. That soft-looking fur, adorable look and those ears were just irresistible. It and its twin were out for an early morning walk with their mom at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge last week. Mom largely ignored me but the two little ones couldn’t help but be curious and that allowed me to snag some nice pics of the two of them.
Found across western North America, Mule Deer are aptly named due to their oversized ears.
This pretty lady was a bit captivated by me – and I have to admit I was a bit taken by her as well. 😉 The beautiful, golden light of sunrise was pretty much perfect for capturing an image of her as she took a break from grazing.
It isn’t too often wildlife breaks out in song as you are taking their picture. Okay, that isn’t what happened and I have never had that happen but in looking at this image it sure looks like that is what these two bucks are doing. 😉 It was a bit chilly on the plains yesterday and these two were content to wait for it to warm up, opting to lay down and just take it easy in the grass as the sun started to rise over the horizon.
Yet another sign of spring in the wildlife kingdom. Almost immediately after shedding their antlers in the winter, deer bucks begin growing their new ones. This handsome fellow had some nice, thick ones going already and judging by his size, he is one of the seniors of the area. He seemed to be rather proud of the new growth, tucking back his ears, raising his nose and giving me a nice view of the budding antlers.
Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains. This particular one was out and about on the prairie northeast of Denver, Colorado this past Sunday morning following a late season snowfall.
After weeks with very little precipitation and with drought conditions worsening, the Colorado Front Range finally has received some relief over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some good days of rain and one, quick snowfall, all of which were very welcome.
This pretty White-tailed Deer doe however probably did not care too much for the overnight rains recently as she looked quite soaked to the bone. From a photographers standpoint though, the rain was useful it making her look quite pretty. This time of year the deer are switching to their summer coats so they look kind of scraggly. The wet helped to mitigate that look.
One type of wildlife you will find in abundance at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is deer. The Mule Deer in particular are easy to get pics of, the White-tails tend to be a bit more skittish but there are a good number of them. I happened across this young one as well as a few does recently. The adults largely ignored me but this little one was pretty fascinated by the guy with the camera.
😉 Well, not really. She was in fact just finishing up a bite of grass and I happened to catch her mid-chew. Overall the deer are looking a bit rough right now as they begin to lose their winter coats in favor of a thinner, cooler covering for the summer.
White-tailed Deer are North America’s smallest deer. They are very fleet-footed capable of speeds up to 30mph and able to leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet in a single bound.
This pretty lady and a few of her friends were hanging out in a stand of trees but the deep, early morning shadows was preventing a decent picture. Thankfully she took mercy on this photographer and stepped into the light. I think it makes for a pleasing picture with that soft, golden light of sunrise across her face and much of the rest of her body in the shade.
There is never a shortage of deer to photograph in the areas I frequent. Mule Deer, like this young buck, are particularly numerous and always willing to be photographed. This particular guy was hanging out with a few ladies at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge last weekend.