In gratitude to our fallen feathered fowl who will, no doubt, adorn many a table and fill a fleet of gravy boats this Thursday of thanks, our resident photographer and wildlife advocate Elizabeth Daniel has also boiled down a pot of feathered photos that’s tastier than grandma’s marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar.
Mmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmm. That’s sweet.
On Nov. 8, I asked Elizabeth to come up with 30 birds in 30 days. And she did her best given that it is only now Nov. 25. The best part was getting to pester her daily. She’s a good sport, but a better photographer and friend. She has come through for us with her point and shoot. Quite well, I say.
We have done our best to identify some of these birds. But we are not ornithologists at this time. If we have made an error in our identification, please look past our deficiency and bask in the insane variety of colors, sizes, shapes and niche these birds employ in our natural world.
When you think you’ve seen it all… slap yourself. Because there’s no same same there.
Another day is an other day.
And you can walk on the moon.
Or be frozen in the beauty of silence.
Or washed anew in fresh fallen snow.
A gifted photographer with some pretty cool gadgets came by last week.
Peter Stevens is his name.
He is a good friend to our current camp hosts Elizabeth Daniels and Jim Deaton.
Peter was also quite handy with a rake and native grass seed. Some Big Sherman Blue should be popping this spring thanks to his handy work.
Much appreciated Peter and see you soon! Now a Stevens-inspired moment of zen via Quadra copter:
Now let mind drift like river through canyon.
And make sure to join us for our New Year’s Day hike!
Big Horns were pretty interested in what was going on, taking a close look from a nearby hillside. Elizabeth’s point-and-shoot helped capture the story. The herd of about 10 hung out together for about three hours during the heat of the day.
Bucks are also faring well here at Cottonwood. This healthy specimen was caught nibbling plants in the host site in day use early Tuesday morning. He forgot to make the coffee, though.
This John Deere Tractor hub is one of the many little artifacts that bring a sense of wonder about the generations that came before us. This must weigh well over 100 pounds. It will likely be here for your next visit.
Thanks to some funtastic photos by Volunteer Host Eric Braun – who brought you sheep in camp – and camper Bevin Clapper, we are playing a little game of “Where’s Waldo” Cottonwood style. But first, your moment of zen above… If a hawk flaps its wings and no one is there to see it, you should really get to Cottonwood!
With the racket of basalt falling down cliffs, heads turned upward to the stark contrast of the skyline met with the stout outline of a big horn sheep. We had some special visitors on Wednesday. They were a bit reticent at first and then decided to take over just downriver of our group site. Campers got a nice view, to say the least.
Drew and Chelsie Messenger celebrated their first anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 11. The two were the first couple to be married at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. They had a gifted photographer as you can see above. We wish them another great year!
Cottonwood is a fantastic venue for weddings with access to two picnic shelters, camping and an historic ranch back drop. It is wild and unpredictable here like any true love should be. If you are interested, please call the park for more information and date availability. 1-541-394-0002