Train ride to nowhere

We got on train and headed out of Cripple Creek.

Passed all of the exciting sites. The tour guide did have some great stories about the old mining days.

The scenery was beautiful but it was a short ride. Thirty minutes out and then we turned around and came back.  We stopped several times along the way to hear stories about each of the local mines and the history of the area. The ride went by really fast.

We were back in Cripple Creek before we knew it.

SkyWatch Friday

Chesnut Park on a Saturday morning.

Standing on the observation tower, an osprey saw me and said “Hey, there’s Dina. I’m going to swing by and give her a hug.” or maybe not.  He just banked and kept cruising by.

A juvenile moorhen eating yucky pond grass.

Limpkins were everywhere. Up on the boardwalk and down in the swamp with a snail.

This guy must have gotten a piece of some bad tasting grass.

Trying to hide on a log. Not sure what this guy was but I was using a long lens.

Before Hurricane Irma took down a lot of the trees.

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The usual stuff at Chesnut park

Nothing new on my recent walk around Chesnut Park. The catbirds are back for the winter and you could hear them calling all over the park.

I have to laugh at myself. As I was driving out of the park I saw movement over by the bushes. I stopped thinking “Is that a bobcat?”.  No, just a regular house cat that looks like he’s well fed. I don’t think he had a collar on.

All of the ponds are really pretty with the purple flowers in them.

A typical scene at most of the parks since Hurricane Irma came through.  Huge trees on their sides leaving big holes in the ground and lots of piles of cut up trunks waiting to be mulched.

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Spotted critters at the park

I stopped by Chesnut Park on the way home from work in early August to see if there were any baby deer. Since it had just stopped raining I was thinking there wouldn’t be a lot of people there so the deer may be out and visible. The babies usually hide on Saturday mornings with all of the joggers and dog walkers there so a rainy weekday seemed like a good chance to see them.  After walking around for a while I was leaving and saw some spots in the woods.

I sat down on a wet log and they were walking around in the weeds. There were two babies and one parent was close by.

Not sure what the parent was doing.  Was she sniffing to make sure this was her baby?

Mom then continued to feed herself.  After a few minutes, they headed deeper in the woods and I headed home.

After the rain stopped

The rain never seemed to stop in late June and continued in early July. We finally had a Saturday morning that was clear and sunny so I headed out to Chesnut Park. The swamp that the boardwalks run through was full of water. It was hot and steamy by 8am. Someone left a painted rock on a stump. All of the above was taken with my phone.

Hiding in the grass.

Most of the deer were in the back of the baseball field where the trees start. I found a few others near the boardwalk.

I climbed up the 3 story observation tower to check out the lake. I could hear thunder off in the distance. I guess this squirrel was doing the same thing.

The rain was moving in fast so I headed home after a 2 hour walk.

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Saturday morning walk at Chesnut Park

The water was almost gone in May due to the drought we were having. Most of the little ponds were dried up and the deer were grazing in the pond.


Most of the plants were looking parched.

Little critters.

I took the shot of the small alligator from the boardwalk. It wasn’t until I got home and cropped up the picture that I noticed he had a hook sticking out of the side of his mouth. I hope it dislodged when he ate his next meal.

The small river that heads out to Lake Tarpon.

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Chesnut Park in late February.

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Sleepy barred owl high up in a tree.

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A few usuals – black and white warbler, grackle and a cardinal.

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A pileated woodpecker taken right into the sun.

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A great blue heron flying close over my head.

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I saw this hawk eating something that looked like a really big beetle.

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The water near the dock is full of these.

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A few of my friends came by to say “Hi” while I was at Chesnut Park in late February.

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