Photographer's Note

May Path

Roxborough State Park
Just South of Denver, Colorado

November Path has been one of my most poorly received images I have uploaded to TE. So I thought I'd share another image of the same path .. from Spring.

This is the side path up to the Lyons Overlook .. my favorite place in the park.

The main loop trail at Roxborough is wide and well kept. However, many of the side paths are tiny and overgrown. This poses a dangerous issue with the prevalence of rattlesnakes in this area.

A couple hours after this image was taken we were having a picnic lunch off of a bench on a similar path to this one. As I was gathering the last couple things out of the van a pair of men came down the trail and spoke to my wife .. one of them continued on to get a park ranger. Apparently about 40 yards up the trail the man had stepped within inches of an angry rattlesnake that was attempting to sun bathe along the edge of the path. Luckily he was not bitten. The other man had gone around somehow. The man's family was stranded on the far side of the snake .. unwilling to risk passing by.

In a few minutes a ranger appeared .. I would have thought she would have had a special tool of some sort .. but no .. as she chatted with us she hunted around for a suitable branch .. then disappeared up the trail .. in a few minutes roughly 30 hikers streamed by .. all of which were apparently backed up behind the snake .. the ranger reappeared stating that she had managed to move the snake around 6 feet off the trail and get him calmed .. needless to say I decided to skip the potential photographic opportunity : )

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