Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck Welcome Autumn in Colorado

Yesterday, Wednesday, according to our calendar, was the first day of autumn.   Zeb and Soapy discovered autumn colors in the mountains.   We went to Echo Lake, near Idaho Springs, Colorado.   Driving down the road we admired the fall colors and the brilliant blue sky.

Driving we appreciate the colors and the vivid blue Colorado sky

Driving we appreciate the colors and the vivid blue Colorado sky

Of course, we had to look back and see the colors from the other direction.

Looking back

Looking back

Beautiful, isn’t it?   Looking through the trees, we saw the golden aspen leaves and the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Through the trees we admire aspen and rocky mountains

Through the trees we admire aspen and rocky mountains

Here we are at Echo Lake.

Echo Lake with reflection

Echo Lake with reflection

We loved the reflections on the water.   The gold aspens and the fluffy white clouds reflected on the lake made us smile.    It also made us hungry.   The restaurant in the Echo Lake Lodge provided us with a very tasty lunch.

Echo Lake Lodge and Restaurant

Echo Lake Lodge and Restaurant

We are so happy we live in Colorado.

Eastern Colorado Prepares for Autumn

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, went to eastern Colorado recently.   Please welcome our newest member of the Duck family.

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck was recently hatched.

We love the mountains in the west, but the east has farms.   We found these bales of hay near the road.

Ducks on hay

Ducks on hay

The bales are scattered in the field with wind turbines in the background. The eastern plains of Colorado are often windy, so wind turbines are a common sight.

A little further down the road we saw these machines.   Mom is not sure what they are doing, but the green machine works in the field.

Working on the farm

Working on the farm

The green machine keeps something from the field and empties it into these trucks.

Pouring stuff into truck

Pouring stuff into truck

Farming requires a lot of hard work.

Ready to begin work

Ready to begin work

Here there were several men nearby getting ready to start work early one morning.

Many crops are already harvested.   Now the hay is being prepared for winter.  Some bales are stacked in the fields.

For winter

For winter

Some are stacked in a shelter.

Stored under shelter

Stored under shelter

Farms often have animals in addition to crops.

Love the cows

Love the cows

These cows are happily grazing.

Irrigation system

Irrigation system

Eastern Colorado does not usually receive enough rain, so irrigation is necessary for crops to thrive.

This farmer might be a Denver Broncos football team fan.

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Love the orange and blue!  Viewing acres of cared for farmland is beautiful.

Eastern Colorado farm

Eastern Colorado farm

But, we ducks love the cows the most.

Love this cow

Love this cow

When we see farms, we appreciate the hard work done here to bring food to all of us.