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

South Boulder Creek Trail

October 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

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This morning I wanted to hike on a new trail, but I couldn’t think of any around here that I hadn’t hiked before. Instead I went back to one of my old favorites, the South Boulder Creek Trail. The trailhead on Marshal Road is just a couple of miles from my apartment.

The South Boulder Creek Trail This Morning

The South Boulder Creek Trail This Morning

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I don’t know of any other trails where the prairie dogs let you get so close. Their colony straddles the trail about a quarter of a mile from the trailhead.

Two Prairie Dogs Exchange a Greeting

Two Prairie Dogs Exchange a Greeting

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An Old Cottonwood and the Front Range from the Trail

An Old Cottonwood and the Front Range from the Trail

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Three Mullein Plants

Three Mullein Plants

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Milkweed Pods

Milkweed Pods

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The Pod Starts to Burst

The Pod Starts to Burst

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When a Milkweed Pod Bursts

When a Milkweed Pod Bursts

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To call this plant a weed doesn’t do it justice. It is an important source of nectar for bees and a food source for some butterflies and other insects. The filament-like hairs that we call pappus, silk, or floss, propagate by blowing in the wind.

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  • 1 Dan Hunter // Nov 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Your pictures are always lovely, David. I really enjoy each one of them.

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