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Wind Crest Residents Paint with all the Colors of the Wind

February 24, 2014

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (March 1, 2014) - The Academy Award-wining song "Colors of the Wind" by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz has lyrics that could easily be the credo of Wind Crest retirement community residents in Highlands Ranch, CO:
"Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind"
Residents are surrounded by nature's beauty, giving them a chance to view wildlife's splendor along the Highline Canal Trail. They recently saw Bald Eagles that hang out around Mclellan Reservoir along County Line Road. The best place to get a look is to gaze into the treetops on the West side of the reservoir between the pumphouse and the dam.  This particular pair of Bald Eagles has returned to the area for the last four years.
Red Tailed Hawks are also seen along the canal and one resident reported seeing a Coopers Hawk stalking her birdfeeders on Wind Crest's 84-acre campus. The Red Tails are often seen soaring over Wind Crest  buildings, catching the updrafts and gracefully gliding thru the skies. The skies are full of Canada Geese these days. Ducks of all kinds inhabit Johnnys Pond and Marcy Gulch creek.
"Come run the hidden pine trails of the forrest
Come taste the sun sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once never wonder what they're worth"
Rabbits are prolific and squirrels are out scurrying around on the warmer days. Owls show themselves occasionally up on the trail in both directions. Also,  a Great Blue Heron has been seen hanging out in Marcy Gulch near the bridge over the creek south on the trail.
Beautiful sunrises (and sunsets) occur this time of year. The moisture in the air makes for rose-colored clouds that reflect off the mountains and foothills early in the morning just before sunrise (about 7 a.m.).
Residents view the "Tsunami" of sunlight as it washes down over the foothills and across the South Platte valley.  A great place to watch the phenomena is from the balcony at Wind Crest's Fireside lounge. The scene changes every day, especially now that the sun has started its long, slow climb headed north to start warming Mother Earth again.
"You can own the Earth and still
All you'll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind"

Walks on the trail have their own beauty and enjoyment. Magpie and Hawks nests are visible with the leaves gone from the tree branches.