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

From Bombs to Birds‏

December 11th, 2010 · No Comments

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Diana and I took a photo safari today through the national wildlife refuge that used to be the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. We joined eight other people, most of whom I knew from previous photo safaris there, in a van that a volunteer named Linda drove. In the entire refuge, which is larger than Manhattan Island, we were the only people in the one vehicle outside of the immediate area of the visitor center.

Here, less than a dozen miles from downtown Denver, wildlife was as plentiful as people were scarce. We saw dozens of deer, both does and bucks, and mule deer and white tails alike.

What Big Ears You Have!

What Big Ears You Have!

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Normally Skittish, These White Tail Deers Stopped for Us at Last Light

Normally Skittish, These White Tail Deers Stopped for Us at Last Light

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A Buck in the Bush Just 20 Minutes before Sunset

A Buck in the Bush Just 20 Minutes before Sunset

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But even more profuse than the ubiquitous deer today were the raptors. And several times we got quite close to hawks.

What a Big Tummy You Have!

What a Big Tummy You Have!

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We all agreed that the high point of the day literally and figuratively was looking straight up in the sky where two bald eagles soared above.

Two Bald Eagles

Two Bald Eagles

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These are big birds.

A Bald Eagle Can Have a 7-Foot Wingspan

A Bald Eagle Can Have a 7-Foot Wingspan

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After seeing these majestic birds today, I appreciate even more the bald eagle as the national bird of the United States.

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