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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Rabbit Mountain without Rattlers

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

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Rabbit Mountain is only about 30 miles north of my apartment in Boulder and at 6,006 feet in elevation is only about 650 feet higher. But it’s wild.

And its wildness is what drew Sharon and me to hike a trail there as far as it goes up the mountain. Neither of us had been there this year, and we took our sweet time on Thursday exploring the three-mile Eagle Wind Trail, the longest of the Boulder County Parks and Open Space trails on Rabbit Mountain. In fact, from our arrival at 5:15 a.m. before the sun was even up until we returned to the car at a little after 11 we had enjoyed almost six hours experiencing nature, flowers, and birds.

We didn’t see any rattlesnakes even though this used to be called Rattlesnake Mountain and rattlers are common here. In fact, just last month one bit a Wyoming woman at Rabbit Mountain. She lived.

We did see a profusion of wildflowers. Two of my favorites contrast the delicate softness of the flower with the rugged thorniness of the plant.

​A Prickly Rose

A Prickly Rose

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A Prickly Pear Cactus in Flower

A Prickly Pear Cactus in Flower

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Many of the birds we saw and photographed weren’t uncommon. But a couple of them cooperated by coming close and staying still enough for me to get my telephoto lens on them.

​A Lark Sparrow Carries Nesting Material

A Lark Sparrow Carries Nesting Material

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A Spotted Towhee Sings

A Spotted Towhee Sings

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But one bird is a summer visitor from Mexico that we seldom see.

A Male Lazuli Bunting in Breeding Plumage

A Male Lazuli Bunting in Breeding Plumage

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The wildness of Rabbit Mountain gave me a big jolt of the nature fix that I regularly need yesterday. Today I am enjoying the manicured nature surrounding my apartment overlooking Tantra Lake and the Front Range. But soon I will be back on the trail.

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