Everywhere I looked yesterday my eyes encountered green. Carp Lake, or the Pelican Pond as I call it, is at its lushest in about 7 years, and the water continues to flow with the almost daily rain. Gray rain clouds loomed above the pond even as clear skies beckoned from the distance.
Last year the water was low and stagnant. This year it is brimming with life. It is hard not to appreciate the abundance of growth and wildlife after so many dry years.
These dry grasses stood out starkly among the green but were beautiful in their own right.
A dead cottonwood tree bears natural graffiti from boring insects. Insects are still major threats to the forests of Colorado. Pine forests have been hit hard by infesting beetles which eventually kill their host tree, leaving the tall trees dry and brown, perfect fuel for wild fires often triggered by the frequent lightning strikes, which are another big threat to the woodlands.