Today we picked up Subway sandwiches and drove 20 miles Northeast to Barr Lake State Park Wildlife Refuge. As we parked and began our walk to the footpath around the lake, I stopped to photograph this sign. Only in my later adulthood have I realized that there really are people who do not love wild things. I've always been surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic. I've sought out nature as companion and inspiration. It was/is inconceivable that there are those who do not value wildlife and nature. And yet I know it is true. (Our current President, giving his anti-environmental proposals euphemistic names to disguise their actual intent. must surely be one of them.)
We spent three hours on this beautiful 52-degree day walking, watching and photographing Winter's beauty. Though we saw no wildlife other than birds, it was interesting how much was now visible that is often hidden behind leaves. We saw countless birdnests and gnarly naked cottonwood trees.
I need to get back to walking again, so today I wore my pedometer for the first time in a long while and have so far today logged 9,600 steps. My goal is to walk 10,000 steps at least 4 days a week and it is so much easier to do if I walk where the wild things are.