We spent four hours at Manitou Lake, walking and relaxing. We passed some yellow groves of aspen on the way, but the color at the lake came mostly from willows along the creek.
Here’s a close-up of the same photo.
Abert’s Squirrel. I saw one while I was walking through the pines, then had another visit as we relaxed along the lake. It’s eating an almond we threw to it.
Two Steller’s Jays made repeated visits, begging for almonds. One of them called every time it came by. You can hear it in the background of the Osprey video below.
Periodically, an Osprey would circle over the lake until it managed to grab a fish.