Meadow View Trail - Etched in My Mind
|Meadow View Trail|
Meadow View Trail in the middle of summer is the perfect place for peaceful meditation. A small pond situated at the start is the undisputed domain of the double-crested cormorant.
The beaten track traces the forest edge, traversing the broad flank of Bergen Peak. A number of natural overlooks offers the visitor spectacular views of the expansive valley.
The pretty pathway continues to follow the woodland contour while shafts of yellow sunlight penetrate through the scattering of ponderosa pine.
The luminous atmosphere is defined by a cascade of dark shadows that create pockets of sharp contrast throughout the brilliant countryside.
Fragile wildflowers and small stands of aspen flourish in the deep ravines that flow down from the summit. Elk Ridge is the excursion’s highest point where the unobstructed vista unveils the full splendor of the Front Range Foothills.
A careful descent empties the explorer into a vast grassland enclosed by a ring of volcanic peaks. From this lower perspective, the sky becomes a dominant force dwarfing all other elements of the landscape.
As I gaze into the wilderness, I hope the next time I touch pencil to paper this picture etched in my mind will remain as sharp as when I was actually there.
|A small pond at the start|
|A pretty pathway|
|Flowers flourish in a ravine|
|Shafts of sunlight and shade|
|Broad flank of Bergen Peak|
|A luminous atmosphere|
|An expansive valley|
|Elk Ridge is the high point|
|A vast grassland|