Some of the 12 deer we counted in Roxborough State Park near Denver
One of the first places on our list when we just want to immerse ourselves in nature is Roxborough Park. It is about 45 minutes from our home. We grabbed a Subway sandwich and walked into the Park to have lunch on a bench and watch the wildlife around us. We saw many birds and deer along the trails. It was a good way to welcome Spring.
On one trail we saw this Witches Broom in a Scrub Oak. There are a variety of causes for the excelerated growth that causes the nest-like clumps in the trees: fungus, mistletoe or disease. This is one of the largest and most dense ones I've seen.