When I first came to Colorado, these ponds were a favorite playground for my children as well as my neice and nephews. Sadly, chemical run-off from a plant miles away has contaminated the water and the ponds and the surrounding park is now closed.
We used to catch fish and crawdads here. The fish are thriving but no one dares to try and catch them.
I have never had any luck photographing insects, usually I have settle for pictures of dead bugs since the live ones are too fast for me. This little turquoise dragonfly was very cooperative and waited patiently while I focused on it.
I could not believe my luck when I saw these cactus flowers. I usually happen upon them when they are either not quite fully opened, or already closing. These ones were almost posing for me.