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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Snow day in Estes Park

We arrived in Estes Park, Colorado just in time for their first winter storm.  We had fourteen to sixteen inches of snow in the area overnight and today everything looked like a winter wonderland.

The limbs of all the evergreen trees were weighed down by the heavy load of snow.

A Clark's Nutcracker hunted for morsels amid the limbs of one such tree. 

Dark-eyed Juncos, the little birds that were the "snowbirds" that I knew as a child, were everywhere today.

A little Downy Woodpecker explored the trunk of a small tree.

Mountain Chickadees, the ones with the white eyebrows, are fairly common here.

So are these critters.  Elk wander around the town of Estes Park as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.  They are not very wary of humans.

This big bull elk led a small group of twelve cows.

It is very beautiful here and the snow makes it even more beautiful.  Tomorrow, I hope to visit the national park again, and, if I'm lucky, see some more birds.  


  1. Oh Wow...that is some serious snow. It looks so pretty. Great that you were still able to spot some birds and wildlife.

  2. It is some serious snow. I hadn't seen anything comparable since I was a kid in Northeast Mississippi when we used to have very cold winters and snow every winter. It's 13 degrees as I type this at 9:19 in the morning, but it is clearing and it's going to be a beautiful day with highs in the 30s. Soon, we'll be heading out to the national park to spend the day, Rambling Wren. I hope I'll have something to report.

  3. Wonderful photos. I wonder if people who have to deal with snow every winter get as excited about it as those of us who rarely see it :-)

  4. The natives here seem pretty blase' about the whole thing, Jayne.