Frosty Prairie Morning

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A large mule deer buck pauses on a frosty winter morning with a backdrop of Colorado's Front Range. Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR is known for big mule deer and trophy-sized bucks.


Winter mornings after fresh snow are a highlight on any prairie lovers calendar and yesterday was magical for me. Rocky Mountain Arsenal is an urban refuge gem, especially when the conditions are just right. Here’s a few images from yesterday, when it was one degree at sunrise:

Winter at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, CO

A bison bull rests in pre-dawn light with a backdrop of Pikes Peak, about 100 miles distant.


Bald eagles, four juveniles and one adult, loaf in a frozen cottonwood before flying to their hunting perch for the day. I lost count after seeing more than 30 bald eagles leaving the evening roost in waves.

Winter at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, CO

Coyote tracks lead east on a two track. The prairie seems endless from this perspective.

Winter at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, CO

A tight bachelor group of mule deer with impressive racks!

4 thoughts on “Frosty Prairie Morning

  1. Wonderful images; I could smell the cold, and the sage. The bison before dawn, the lone muley looking at the camera, and the coyote tracks all grabbed me.

    I was headed for the Bald eagles at Tulelake this weekend, but will have to wait. School is keeping me busy, even with just one class. Your images will help me to get through the weekend. 🙂
    Be happy,

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