If you were really hoping to do a safari in Boulder, you'd be longing to see (mountain) lions, and bears, and apparently there are also some pretty cool deer but they hid from me.
However, on Thursday morning I went up into the mountains with a couple of other girls from the conference; we were hoping to see the sunrise, but it was cloudy and we didn't see much sun. We did see a couple of animals in the Rockies that I'd never seen before.
First, a chipmunk who was sitting on a rock a few metres away. I didn't dare try to get closer, but I had my 250mm zoom lens and I just kept my finger on the button to keep taking photos until he ran away:
And then I turned around to find a fox sitting beneath the trees, but he looks completely different to the English foxes we get in our garden. Again, I kept my finger on the button until he wandered off, and managed to get some nice shots as he rolled around in the dirt. (Click through to Flickr if you want to see more of the series.)
At lunchtime, I went walking to where the others had seen some prairie dogs - another new species for me - living wild in 'towns' by the road.
As I was returning from my walk, I heard some birds making a lot of very high-pitched noise under one of the bridges along the creek. I paused, and a mother dove flew away, leaving this nest in plain view:
I am now safely back home, but will probably be blogging about Boulder for at least a couple of days more, as I sort through my photos & memories!