National Parks, National Monument and National Forests, Colorado has them all.
This Great Horned Owl was spotted by a local in Estes Park on our way to Colorado National Monument, in a parking lot of all places. He was by far the coolest bird I ever saw. Don't let those squinted eyes fool you, he was awake and fully aware of his surroundings. He would slowly turn from the right to the left. He was tucked into the ledge and there was no way any human could get to him. The color of his feathers blended in with the rocks so perfectly it was hard to find him.
Also along the Colorado River during that near fatal trip we saw a Blue Heron. How could a minus 1 ripple ride be so dangerous you ask? Lunch was served prior to the one hour ride down the river. We had pulled pork, beans and potato salad. The meal was every cowboys dream and no bathrooms on board. Cheeks hung on to the side of the moving watercraft. One false move and we could have all gone down. I believe the heron knew what was going on. Storm clouds were a brewin but we manage to make it to dry land safely.
It was hard to believe a ladybug at such high elevations, but there she was.
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