Daybreak in Canyonlands

Daybreak in Canyonlands

Island in the Sky District of the Colorado river near Moab, Utah reveals another day about 5 am May 10, 2013. Near Dead Horse Point, a BLM campground picks up the slack when the national park fills. I saw a broad-tailed hummingbird, pinon jays, MacGillivray’s warbler, blue gray gnatcatchers, mountain bluebird, 2 green-tailed towhees, black-throated sparrows, the gray-headed junco and red-tail hawks, among the Mormon tea, juniper and black brush. Took a six mile walk into Mineral Bottoms to a butte and back. First visit to this area since 1991.

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Echo Park in Northwest Colorado’s Dinosaur Monument

Echo Park in Northwest Colorado's Dinosaur Monument

I finally scored a vision quest down some switchbacks into the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers May 2013. Steamboat Rock elev. 5872 ft. Jenny Lind Rock to the right, likely named after one of Powell’s boats or sweetheart on his 1869 expedition. Pat’s Hole the immediate confluence area with Pool Creek tributary. Chew Ranch preserved nearby with old fencing, homesteads and Anasazi rock art. I saw a lot of birds/ wildlife including lazuli buntings, northern harrier, spotted towhee, black-throated gray and the yellow warblers, yellow-breasted chat, a kestrel high on a cliff above me, western wood peewees, Canada geese on the river, mule deer herd and several bighorn sheep. I found a lizard too! Several trails available for walking include the nearby Mitten Fault. Take the Yampa Bench 4×4 road east to Harding Hole gooseneck overlook and out to US 40 at Elk Springs 42 miles. See related post about Dinosaur below. Watercolor.

Mute swan on Beaver Brook

Mute swan on Beaver Brook

A local canoe/ kayak venue, this riparian stream is located between routes 119 and 225 in Westford MA. Blue chicory blooms in June; pickerelweed, and water lilies in July. Goldenrod and purple loosestrife appear in August, attracting hummingbirds and bees, announcing the end of summer near. Watercolor.