Garden of the Gods

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While visiting friends in Colorado, we went to Garden of the Gods. If you haven’t been, you should absolutely go — Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas are absolutely beautiful.¬†While in the park, we saw these two fellows disregarding the “Keep off the Grass” signs. My buddy Erick identified them as mule deer. I think the colors and poses make it look like an old painting.

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Goodbye, Summer

Summer weeds

This lot was across from my complex. There were a lot of weeds and wildflowers by the road, and further in a little pond where the geese nested and kept us awake all night with their honking.

Queen Anne's Lace

I liked to go down and pick Queen Anne’s Lace, bring it home and put it in water glasses. Queen Anne’s Lace is wild carrot, if you didn’t know.

Weed?

They recently dug this area up and put some cheap student housing in. No more geese or wildflowers, but there’s a sidewalk now. Frankly the field was a little scary to walk past at night anyway, since there were no streetlights.

Queen Anne's Lace

The Detour

The detour

The day after Christmas, I was driving back from my family’s home in Ithaca (New York). My route takes 89 to 96, up to the 90. 89 and 96 go through some very beautiful rural parts. I forget which of the two I was on when I saw the flares and the police directed me to take a road going east. There weren’t any other cars so I wasn’t sure if I could find my way back, but I was happy for the chance to see some new places.

Birds in a field

Sometimes I see a horse-and-carriage in this part of New York.

Horse and carriage

I think Central New York always looks the same throughout the year and only the fields change color. In the winter when there’s no snow, they’re a beautiful coppery orange.

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Field after Christmas

Fortunately I was able to find my way back after about 20 minutes.