Three great things about this morning's walk:
Hawks on the wing
Thistles in bud
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Just after 6 am, the air is cool and pure, with temps in the 40s. The sidewalk curves away from the hotel, down a street lined with more hotels and small businesses. I don't know where I'm going, but I know I won't get lost - the mountains and the busy highway nearby provide fixed points of reference.
A few blocks out, the road crosses a gravel trail. (One of the chief pleasures of Colorado - at least the parts I've visited: there's always a trail somewhere near.) This one meanders along a creek lined with birch, oak, maple, and cottonwood, among other trees. Wildflowers and grasses of all kinds are thick on either side. Good thing I brought my camera! : )
The sun, still low in the sky, shines charmingly through these birch leaves:
A rather gorgeous hawk, the first of two I see this morning, flies from treetop to treetop ahead of me.
I like this sign by the trail: "Keep It Clean ... 'Cause We're All Downstream".
More unknown flowers about to burst into bloom:
Just one of the many thistles-in-waiting along the trail:
This mystery wildflower reminds me a bit of the wild phlox we have back home in Wisconsin:
In all the beautiful clear morning, a single cloud kisses the tip of one Rocky Mountain.
I'd love to keep going for miles, but I promised Mr. M I wouldn't be gone long. Time to turn back and hunt down some breakfast.
A very good Colorado walk.
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