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

Enchanted Mesa

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

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For several hours this afternoon I wandered happily around Enchanted Mesa. Whoever named this peaceful place must have loved it. I do too.

I went in search of more wildflowers of spring. I am beginning to believe that spring has finally arrived here. I think that we had the last snow of the season a couple of days ago. Today was sunny and warm.

This month’s storms left a lot of moisture. In fact, this has been Colorado’s wettest April in at least a decade. With all the snow and rain during the past three weeks I figured that the early spring wildflowers would be in bloom. They were.

The pasqueflower was the wildflower that I particularly wanted to photograph today. Here are two shots of the same flower taken a couple of hours apart. I can’t decide which one I like most:

A Pasqueflower

A Pasqueflower

The Same Pasqueflower

The Same Pasqueflower

But spring has brought forth a great variety of wildflowers already. Here are some of those I saw today:

A Blue Flower

A Blue Flower

Purple Flowers

Purple Flowers

A Sumac Bloom

A Sumac Bloom

More woodpeckers were around than usual too:

A Red-Headed Woodpecker

A Northern Flicker

A Black-Headed Woodpecker

A Hairy Woodpecker

Enchanted Mesa is just above the most famous building in Boulder and the only one that I know of that a famous architect designed. The building is the home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and I.M. Pei was the architect. I got a peek at it from the Enchanted Mesa Trail today:

Looking Down Toward the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Looking Down Toward the National Center for Atmospheric Research

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