It was strange being in a light long sleeved shirt all day in the middle of October, no jacket until the sun went down. No complaints from me, it gave me a chance to attempt a little impromptu birding along the Arkansas River. The birding ended up being mainly hiking. I saw more birds after sunset than I saw all day – Sandhill cranes, mountain bluebirds, and an almost-friendly belted kingfisher (all personal favorites) none of which I got any photos of because it was too dark. The sunset made up for it all. Sometimes the reason you start with is not the purpose you discover. Peace.

Pueblo State Park, Arkansas River, Colorado