I was walking in Washington Park yesterday when I noticed the traffic on Virginia Ave. had come to a stand still, then I saw the flock of geese crossing the street. Most of the geese crossed as a group, but there were a few stragglers that couldn't make up their little goose minds. It was the stragglers that were holding up traffic. The traffic waited for nearly two minutes before something, or someone, spooked the geese and they all took off. I was amazed to see the birds take off nearly straight up; I've always seen them take off horizontally and raise in the air gradually like an airplane.
I'm reading Geology of Colorado Illustrated (Foutz, 1994). The author give a description of glaciation while he is describing the geology of the Rocky Mountain National Park region. He points out that Saint Mary's Glacier, north of Idaho Springs, isn't technically a glacier. A glacier moves downhill as more snow and ice collect at the rear of the glacier. Saint Mary's Glacier doesn't move. It is actually a snow field that doesn't melt, because it is protected in a narrow shaded gulch. I'll have to go up there sometime, if for no other reason than to say I've been there.