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Photo Galleries

Spring at Doudy Draw area

These gallery images were taken by staff or friends of Open Space and Mountain Parks. They make wonderful computer wall paper or screen savers! None may be used for commercial purposes and are presented for your enjoyment only. Images may change from time to time.

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Rich Wolf Photo Gallery

Sunshine Canyon sugarbowls - a wildflower on OSMP in the Clematis family.Spotted coral root orchidThe Matron and fall colors.South Boulder Creek Autumn - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksView on the Goshawk Ridge trail - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksShanahan Ranch VistaShanahan Ridge with Blue Mist Penstemon - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksShanahan Ridge with Penstemon and Arnica flowers - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksBear Peak With Bee Balm or Wild Bergamot flowers - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksBear Peak With Blue Flax flowers - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksSouth Mesa Trail in Winter with Sumac - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksFrosted Flatirons - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksSouth Boulder Sumac Ridge - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksSunset at Sawhill Ponds - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksSumac fall colors - South Mesa trail, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain ParksAlpenglow on the Flatirons - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

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Chris Brown Photo Gallery

Wonderland Lake trail on a fall day.Cottonwood and wetland on OSMP.Western Wallflower tucked between two boulders.Misty forest in the foothills.The Flatirons seen edge-on.Marsh north of Boulder on OSMP.Small ephemeral cascade in the foothills of OSMP.First Flatiron seen from above.Misty forest trail in the foothills of OSMP.Boulder in the grasslands.

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Fall Photo Gallery

Great Horned OwlsSmoky Sunrise - Marshall MesaHarvest Moon CherryvaleBig BluestemAspens & SkyCottonwood 2Boulder CreekGolden CottonwoodAntique Farm EquipmentGoldenrod MeadowSumac LeafFall and Winter FlatironsFoxtailsMoonsetTree ShadowsSouth MesaSmoky SunsetSunsetAutumn FogEarly Snow

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Summer Photo Gallery

BobolinkHorses and MountainsSphinx mothLightning in Eldorado CanyonEvening PrimroseMarshall PrairieBee BalmChickareeWhite RocksView from NCARHay BalesMonument PlantThird FlatironPine Forest Flagstaff MountainAerial View of BoulderFritillary ButterflyFritillaryWhite Lined Sphinx mothSanitas ValleySawhill Milkweed

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Spring Photo Gallery

Prairie FalconWild IrisesApril FlatironsPhloxPhlox on Flagstaff MountainBear PeakBoulder FallsSouth Boulder Creek 2South Boulder CreekSombrero MarshFoggy MeadowBoulder FallsChipmunkDowny WoodpeckerHawkLupinesPeregrine FalconDouble RainbowYellow WarblerBumblebee

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Winter Photo Gallery

Mountain LionBobcatsFog BankSunset3rd Edge3rd Edge IIJanuary SunAlpenglowGolden ArchRed CloudChautauqua Auditorium3rd in MistSnow LeafEntering BMPHalfway HouseMoonsetRoyal SunsetPrairie SunriseFlatirons snowFramed Flatirons

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Jack Sasson Photo Gallery

Bend in the Road - Open Space north of BoulderTree Reflections - Cottonwood trailTrees and Rocks - Enchanted Mesa trailView North - Four Pines trailWashed in Orange - White Rocks trailAdriftAnother Bomber Run - Flagstaff Fire, June 2012Historic barn along the White Rocks trail.Door, historic barn on Open SpaceCherryvale farm with wheelsCottonwood barnCurve in the Road - Open Space north of BoulderDrive Home - White Rocks trailEnchantment on the Trail (Enchanted Mesa)Evening deer - along Doudy Draw trailFidos Fun!  - Open Space north of BoulderFire WaterFly By - White Rocks trailGlowing CumulusGrass Fire! - Open Space north of Boulder

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Ann Duncan Gallery

Historic Doran Barn along South Boulder Creek trail, just south of South Boulder Road.Crescent moon hangs over the First Flatiron (not retouched!)Orange Arnica meadow, Southern Grasslands Habitat Conservation Area.Orange Arnica meadow, Southern Grasslands Habitat Conservation Area.Golden Banner blooms in Chautauqua Meadow below the Flatirons.Bear Peak in spring.Fall colors near Chautauqua trailhead.Boulder's mountain backdrop seen from the plains.Ash trees change color near Chautauqua.Fall colors in Gregory Canyon.First Flatiron draped in an early fall snow, from Gregory Canyon.Winter at Boulder Falls - close up.Meadow of golden banner flowers overlooks the city of Boulder.Chautauqua Meadow and the Flatirons.Fall colors on the prairie near South Mesa trailhead.The First Flatiron catches that last of the afternoon light.Fall colors in Gregory Canyon.Fall colors in Gregory Canyon.Red Rocks are sandstone spires just north of Canyon Blvd. and just south of Mount Sanitas.The mountain backdrop seen from the South Mesa trailhead.

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Greg Joder Gallery

Bumblebee on Orange Arnica flowersLance-leaf Chiming Bells at Joder Ranch Open Space.Leaves of a green gentian / monument plant.Watchful coyote at Joder Ranch Open Space.Damselfly at Joder Ranch.Twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly at Joder Ranch.Close up, Yellow Evening Primrose flower on the OSMP shale barrens north of Boulder. .Blue Flax.Green Hedgehog ball cactus at Joder Ranch Open Space.Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird.Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird.Hind wing of a female Io Moth.Fuzzy ball cactus and lichen-covered rock at Joder Ranch.Field of Orange Arnica flowers.More Orange Arnica flowers.Western Meadowlark at Joder Ranch.Blue Mist Penstemon blooming at Joder Ranch Open Space.Pygmy NuthatchPygmy Nuthatch takes flight.Rabbits fighting or playing at Joder Ranch Open Space.

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Joshua Couts Gallery

South Boulder Creek in autumn.Still water on South Boulder Creek.Still water on South Boulder Creek, near the South Mesa Trailhead.Early morning dew on the tallgrass prairie near Bobolink Trailhead.Early morning dew weighs down prairie grasses near Bobolink Trailhead.Lefthand Creek at the Buckingham Park picnic area.Lanceleaf Cottonwood changes colors at the Buckingham Park picnic area.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham Park, beautiful autumn leaves and color over blurred rapids.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham Park picnic area.Autumn, Lefthand Creek, Buckingham ParkClose up on delicate snow crystals on willow leaves along South Boulder Creek.Autumn snowstorm crushes down tallgrass prairie grasses along Homestead trail.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham Park, beautiful autumn leaves and color over blurred rapids.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham Park.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham Park.Lefthand Creek at Buckingham ParkLefthand Creek at Buckingham Park picnic area.Autumn, Lefthand Creek, Buckingham ParkAutumn, Lefthand Creek, Buckingham ParkJoshua Couts PhotographyAutumn morning fog at a pine forest meadow ecotone.

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Doug Goodin Photo Gallery

Native bee pollinating blue mist penstemon.Close up, bark of one of OSMP's rare paper birch trees.Blue Mist Penstemon blooming in May.Blue Mist Penstemon blooming in May.Doug Goodin PhotogField of Oragne Arnica flowers.Sunset over the Front Range.Snow-covered pines tucked in among rock slabs on OSMP.Meadow of wildflowers in an OSMP ponderosa pine forest.Trees poke up through the mist on Stony Hill.Mist and pines on the slopes of the Front Range.A fritillary butterfly seeks nectar from an Indian Blanket Flower.Wildflowers in a meadow under ponderosa pines.Close up, blue mist penstemon.Wildflower meadow under ponderosa pines.The Blues BrothersRed Rocks and Mount Sanitas on a misty morning.Red-winged blackbird takes flight.Cold and snowy Chautauqua Meadow and the Flatirons.Dramatic clouds over the praire at OSMP's Southern Grasslands Habitat Conservation Area.Happy fall on OSMP!

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Bill May Photo Gallery

Calypso, or Fairy Slipper, OrchidsA crab spider lurks on chiming bell flowers.A tiny moth rests on flowers of the spotted coral root orchid.Scarlet Gilia or Fairy TrumptetsClose up on purple flowers of Field Mint, a circumpolar native plant.Two Gaillardia Moths tucked into a single Indian Blanket Flower.A small green grasshopper nymph hiding among the petals of a Gaillardia (Indian Blanket) Flower.Gray hairstreak butterfly.Honeybees pollinating a green gentian (or monument plant).Close up on two lovely yellow flowers of native Fringed Loosestrife.Mariposa LilyWhite-lined sphinx moth seeks nectar from penstemon flowers.Painted Lady butterfly.White pelage long-tailed weasel peeking out of a rock, Baseline picnic area.close up of a skipper butterfly nectaring at a Chicory flower.close up of a skipper butterfly nectaring at a smooth aster.Pasque flowers in early spring.Gaillardia moth tucked into a single Indian Blanket Flower.Rare Bell's Twinpod is only found on a few shale barrens along the Front Range.Bill May Photography

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Wendy Marie Stuart Gallery at Sawhill Ponds

Blue Sunset - Great Blue Heron along Boulder CreekAmerican Avocet searches for food at Sawhill Ponds.Bookends - horses on agricultural property adjacent to Sawhill Ponds.Ancient Companions - Mallard duck and two turtles at Sawhill PondsContentment - a mourning dove preens.Three's a Crowd - painted turtles at Sawhill PondsReflection of Elegance - snowy egret at Sawhill PondsFlicker's Autumn - a Northern Flicker at Sawhill PondsBeautiful Prickly poppy close up,Goldfinch Snack - A female American Goldfinch chews on a Salsify seedBountiful Harvest - Adult male American Goldfinch backlit eats thistle seeds.Wendy Marie Stuart PhotographyA house wren sits outside a small hole in the knot of a dead tree, presumably its cavity nest.Reflections in Ice - American Dipper stands on an ice in Boulder Creek.Eastern Kingbird sits on her nest with three chicks.Morning Munchies - A cottontail rabbit nibbles some grass.Best Foot Forward - young great horned owl shows off its talons at Sawhill Ponds.Three baby great horned owls at Sawhill Ponds.Out on a Limb - Adult Great Horned Owl sits alone on a dead branch at Sawhill Ponds.A red-tailed hawk takes off from bare winter tree branches at Sawhill Ponds.Seeds of Hope - Showy Milkweed seeds breaking out of the pods.

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Kate Zari Roberts Photo Gallery

Kate Zari Roberts GalleryDead Tree studyDead Tree studyDead Tree studyDead Tree studyDead Tree near Cherryvale Road

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Photo Contest Winners (Past Years)

Milky Way and the FlatironsThird FlatironCobalt TrailThird Flatiron in the MistCommon PoorwillBroad-tailed HummingbirdLeast ChipmunkThe Blues BrothersPrairie PatternsYucca FlowersWestern TanagerPretty PolinatorsJumping Mule DeerSunsetDoudy MeadowOverwintering European Paper WaspsSummer StormBoulder FallsImmature HawkBear Mountain Trailhead

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Wildlife Cameras Photo Gallery

Mule DeerCity of Boulder, Colorado - Open Space & Mountain ParksCity of Boulder, Colorado - Open Space & Mountain ParksCity of Boulder, Colorado - Open Space & Mountain ParksMountain LionMountain LionMountain LionMountain LionCoyoteMule DeerRodent Control (Bobcat with Fox Squirrel)CoyoteCoyoteBobcatBobcatBobcatBobcatBobcatBobcatCoyote

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Every day, scores of animal species furtively scurry across Boulder landscapes to search for food and to find resting places. Most often, no one – even City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks staff – ever sees them. But sometimes OSMP staff is fortunate enough to get an up-close look at local wildlife thanks to a system of motion-detecting cameras that passively capture snapshots and videos of animals residing in their natural state. 

The OSMP wildlife cameras come to life when an animal steps in front of them. When that happens, they snap a still photograph. The cameras then have the ability to capture video for 10 to 30 seconds. The cameras use infrared light to illuminate night shots to minimize effects on nocturnal wildlife, and OSMP places its cameras in corridors where animals are likely to travel, such as road underpasses. The department also places cameras in areas where there are signs of wildlife, such as footprints in snow or game trails crossing fence-lines.

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