Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Nature Preserve

Yesterday, I rode Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar Rig over to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Nature Preserve to see how much snow they'd gotten in the recent storm.

Snow levels were less than what I anticipated but still, the snow covered things nicely for the most part.  The temperature never got above 25ºF (-3ºC), but no wind so that helped.  Still, I kept the heated grips on Scarlett turned to the highest setting as I'd not bothered to put on the grip covers.

First we wandered along the car route, noting many of the turn-offs were closed, probably due to the snowy conditions when off the main pavement.

Still, there were occasions for some pictures with Scarlett:

 The overcast skies had a slight glow to them that I found quite nice





Scarlett and I then motored over to the Bison enclosure and soon enough found a herd of them off to the side of the road by about 200 or more feet.  They were just peacefully grazing through the snow, unmindful of myself and about 5-6 cars with folks taking pictures of them.

 To give you an idea of how far the Bison were from the road

 Using the telephoto lens with digital zoom....not too bad a resolution


the main herd

I spied three Bison crossing the road further on but by the time I was able to motor closer, they'd finished crossing the road and had entered a gated area.  Oh well.

Triple Nickel!  Get it?

As we made our way out of the bison enclosure area, we stopped briefly to take a picture of the Denver Downtown Skyline.


The ride home was just ahead of the rush hour, and aside from one wrong turn, no big deal though it reminded me of how nice it is now that I don't have to commute to work!

14 comments:

RichardM said...

That last picture is pretty cool! It looks like most of your snow has disappeared.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks RichardM, the snow really doesn't last long if exposed to the sun....I expect our neighborhood streets to be clear by this coming Monday.

don said...

Hi Dom! We follow your blog and have meant to say hi for some time now. We live just north of the refuge and like walking our dog around the perimeter. If you come up this way again please stop to say hi. We have a 2008 Gear Up and would like to exchange stories and get advise form such an experienced rider.
Ana & Paco.

Charlie6 said...

Hello Don and thank you for the kind invite to stop by.

you can message me via facebook or send contact details using info AT pmdnetworks.com if you wish.

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Trobairitz said...

Great pics of the bison and the skyline. Nice zoom on your camera.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Trobairitz, its not bad the digital zoom but I try to avoid using it if possible....in this case, I just wasn't close enough nor did I want to get closer.

Thomas Osburn said...

Triple Nickel - that's funny.

Charlie6 said...

So, it wasn't too obscure a reference! Thanks, Thomas Osburn

Joe said...

Odd, I don't usually consider snow a pretty thing, but when I see it in your pictures so far removed from Pennsylvania where I typically have to shovel my share of it, it sure can be lovely!

- Joe at Scootin' da Valley

Charlie6 said...

Joe, it's all about one's perspective, isn't it. Thanks for the comment and kind words.

Steve Williams said...

The photograph of the Denver skyline is great. It certainly doesn't look like what I think Denver looks like from my brief visit. Cool view.

Every time I see bison, we have some small herds here, I get sad thinking how close to extinction we drove them. Same feeling thinking about Passenger Pigeons. If humans are anything, we're short-sighted and self interested. If only there were blogs in the early 1800s. Things might be different today...

Charlie6 said...

Humans are sometimes rightly viewed as infestations in the sci-fi that I've read. I also like alternate history sci-fi stories, wonder if there's one where those massive herds of bison weren't nearly hunted to extinction? I am pleasantly surprised at the Denver skyline pic being singled out by you and RichardM, I didn't think it came out that well.

Steve Williams said...

I think the skyline works because of the unique viewpoint and how well you have the city isolated in the landscape. It's as much about the size of the area and the ability to get far enough away and still see a "complete" city. Or so it seems.

Charlie6 said...

thanks Steve for the explanation....