Elk are bugling in Keene Ranch subdivision Castle Rock Colorado

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The elk are bugling already in Keene Ranch subdivision Castle Rock Colorado

Deer in Keene RanchWhen the elk start bugling, it's usually considered a "fall thing". We heard our first bugling here in Keene Ranch over a week ago, if you can believe that! My first thought: oh, no! It's too early for that already. Reminds me of a game we used to play when we were little: "ready or not, here I come"!

I'm going to miss driving home and seeing the deer nibbling on the horse mint (my favorite wild flower in Keene Ranch!) See the picture here with a nice buck (still in velvet) surprised that I caught him munching on the flowers!

I'm not ready to have anything to do with fall yet! Goodness, we just finally got the summer going!

Keene Ranch PumpkinsAfterall, my pumpkin vines don't even have any pumpkins growing??? I've had plenty of the beautiful yellow flowers, but no pumpkins. What's up with that? Could it be because of our slightly higher altitude in Keene Ranch? I admit, I am a rooky at trying to grow stuff, so if anyone can give me some advise on why the vines are barron, I might be able to grow some next year... maybe!

What is up with all of these early Keene Ranch fall signs anyway? I'm not tired yet of weediKeene Ranch barbequeng or mowing, which is usually the very first sign of fall for me. That accompanied with allergies, of course!

I have to admit that I still have way too many barbeques planned for my husband to demonstrate his great grilling techniques before it's fall! 

Here he is doing omelets... tough to get those slippery little eggs from sliding through and right on the fire!) ha!

 

It would sKeene Ranch Koieem even my koi know the seasons are changing. They seem to be enjoying the cooler weather right now. Their digestive systems start to slow down as the weather cools down so I have to change their food to a lighter variety. And by the end of next month, they'll start their winter hibernation mode which shuts down their digestive system pretty much altogether till Springtime. (That's when I have to do inventory to make sure they all made it through the winter.)

I was curious the other day (guess I should say the other "evening") when I glanced at my office window and saw it was getting dark already. Keene Ranch sunsetSo I Googled to see how many minutes a day of sunshine we are losing right now.

Any idea? Of course it has to do with where you live, but on an average we are losing 2 minutes of sunshine per day right now.

Doesn't sound like a lot, does it? But next week we will have lost almost an additional quarter of an hour of that beautiful provider of vitamin D! (Yesterday I ran to the corner drug store and picked up some extra sun screen before they pull it all from the shelves!)

I shudder to even think about the "s" word! Hey, and you know around here it's not uncommon to get our first snow in Keene Ranch around the 20th. (Yes, that would be the 20th of September, unfortunately.)

All these signs are warning me that we better get the fifth wheel closed up and winterized pretty soon. But NOT before the Aspen trees turn! I'm sure I'll have time to get a couple more trips up to the campground before we have to start worrying about an overnight freeze. ***fingers crossed***

 

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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
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Loved all the photos.  I know absolutely nothing about gardening, so I can't help you with the pumpkin issue.  We had such a mild summer, it almost didn't even feel like summer. I'm mostly disappointed that baseball season is almost over.  In all honesty, I guess I'm NOT ready for the "s" word either!

Sep 10, 2010 01:35 PM #1
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Adam Malachi
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Hello Ruth,

Great post as usual Ruth! Very beautiful pictures!

Thanks for sharing,

Adam

Sep 10, 2010 03:38 PM #2
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Adam Malachi
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Hello Ruth,

Great post as usual Ruth! Very beautiful pictures!

Thanks for sharing,

Adam

Sep 10, 2010 03:38 PM #3
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Jane Peters
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I am never ready for this time of year.  Darker days....  The sound of "bugling" elk must be wonderful.  Not too many in my neighborhood.

Sep 10, 2010 04:25 PM #4
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Nancy Murray
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Ruth, NO!  I'm not ready for Fall.  But I did wear jeans all day today with sandles.

Nancy

Sep 10, 2010 08:17 PM #5
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Ruth Vogt
Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Centennial, CO
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Donna, So when the first "s" flake falls, we'll plan to feel sorry for ourselves and blog about how unfair it is!

Adam, glad you liked my pics. They are a few of my favorites.

Jane, The sound is rather eerie to be honest. Deep noise that seems to echo from everywhere.

Nancy, I wore sandals today, too. But won't be next month...     :(

Sep 10, 2010 09:17 PM #6
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Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
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I just drove all the way from Riverside, TX to see those Aspens change. Today is my first day in Colorado and also my first time here. It is BEAUTIFUL! Blessings~

Sep 10, 2010 09:52 PM #7
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Ruth Vogt
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Joni, this is a great time of year to visit. Come to think of it, EVERY season is a great season here! :)

Sep 10, 2010 10:46 PM #8
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Kathy Clulow
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Ruth - I noticed your comment on the 'early' snow you get ..... very early for us but Barrie, ON had snow pellets a few days ago ..... makes you wonder what old man winter is going to have in store for us this year. 

Sep 11, 2010 08:11 AM #9
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Ruth Vogt
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Kathy, Already? Isn't that early even for Ontario?

Sep 11, 2010 08:26 AM #10
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Bill Travis
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Isn't it nice to have a husband that loves to BBQ. My wife would love that, but I just don't like to do it. My daughters husbands both love to cook and to BBQ, so they're lucky like you.

Here's a tip for you Ruth. You can put a link on each of those photos above, which will give you 5 more links to your website, profile, or other pages you may want to link to.

Sep 11, 2010 08:58 AM #11
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Ruth Vogt
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Thanks, Captain Bill! I'll do that from now on! (Never thought of that!!!)

Sep 11, 2010 09:56 AM #12
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Hi Ruth, I loved your photos and thoughts about this time of year... it has been a little chilly lately.  I love fall and Indian Summer is my favorite.. I'm not sure about those pumpkins though - maybe cut off some of the flowers and see if some of that growing energy will transfer to the others to bear fruit? 

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Kathy Clulow
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Ruth - at least it did not stick ..... but yes very early even for Ontario ..... Our leaves started to change colour earlier this year too  ..... while not many so far they started to fall a few weeks ago.

Sep 12, 2010 06:52 PM #14
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Ruth Vogt
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Mary... guess what? We finally saw a little pumpkin sprout! Too late in the season to be any good, but at least it's a pumpkin!

Kathy, I bet you really have great colors in Ontario. I'll be watching for you to post some pics...

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Ruth, Keene Ranch is just beautiful to start, and adding elk just tops the list!    Great post, great photos!

Sep 13, 2010 01:57 PM #16
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Thank you, Joan. We say that Keene Ranch is the best kept secret in Douglas County!

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