Prospect Ponds (Fort Collins) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 278)

The Prospect Ponds Natural Area
in Fort Collins, Colorado, is part of the Cache la Poudre River
Corridor and features several ponds, trails and wildlife – and of
course, it has the Cache la Poudre River running through it.

two favorite parts about this area are the visual play between the ponds
and the river (one or the other is often seen in the background) and
its location along the Poudre Trail, which connects to the Spring Creek Trail
by my house. The network of bike-friendly trails throughout Fort
Collins, which connect all corners of the town while at the same time
giving you the impression that you’re riding more through nature and
rather than a town, is one of my favorite aspects of Fort Collins (the
other being Horsetooth Reservoir, naturally).

I shot this yesterday, the sky was unusually grey while it was still
hot and bright. I’m not sure if that was a normal weather occurrence or
if it was linked to the smoke and haze that’s been traveling over from
the West Coast due to all the wildfires there.

As you watch this
Moving Postcard, I’m sure you’ll spot the heron… but did you see the
fish jumping? Yes, fishing is allowed in the ponds and sections of the
river and the canal. Oh, but don’t litter. I’m always so bummed to find
garbage left behind in nature. What are you people thinking? Mommy will
come up and clean after you? Or do you just not care that the nature you
just enjoyed was left less healthy and beautiful by your action?

The song in this week’s video is “Happy Strummin'” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you so much for your creativity and generosity, Jason!

Wild Sunflower at Prospect Pond
Fort Collins, Colorado

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