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Little ant, big dead tree

I was taking pictures of the fascinating trails left by insects that had burrowed into a fallen tree when a little visitor came into the picture. He refused to stay still and pose so I only got one shot of him. 😉 Taken in Pike National Forest, Colorado.

A red ant crawls across a fallen log in the forest.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A red ant crawls across a fallen log in the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blooming Sunflowers Surround Old Oil Rig

The bright yellow blooming sunflowers on the plains of Colorado stand in stark contrast to this old oil rig they surround.

Scroll down below the image for a complete gallery of blooming sunflower pictures.

Blooming sunflowers surround an old oil rig on the plains of eastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blooming sunflowers surround an old oil rig on the plains of eastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Still Standing

This gnarly tree and those behind it are the few left standing in one spot along the East Entrance road to Yellowstone National Park. Black and white helps to add some drama to the image.

Wildfires have at different times scorched much of the land in the park (most notably in 1988) and these trees served as a reminder of the devastation they leave in their wake. However, fires are an important part of the life cycle of a forest helping to renew the ecosystem.

A gnarly tree, burned by a wildfire, remains standing in Yellowstone National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A gnarly tree, burned by a wildfire, remains standing in Yellowstone National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle Stretch

S T R E T C H! A bald eagle stretches its wings in Longmont, Colorado in May 2014. It’s been a little while since I posted a picture of my favorite subject. These guys are kind of scarce this time of year in the Centennial State and I am going through withdrawals. Very much looking forward to their return this winter.

A Bald Eagle stretches in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle stretches in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Marmot’s Bad Hair Day

A marmot’s bad hair day. It could be because it just woke up or perhaps the 40mph winds and 40 degree temperatures had something to do with it. Taken this past Sunday on Mount Evans, Colorado.

Yellow-bellied marmots live at high altitudes across western North America – in this case, in a rock field above 14,000 feet.

A yellow-bellied marmot endures chilly temperatures and strong winds on Mount Evans, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A yellow-bellied marmot endures chilly temperatures and strong winds on Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

This Kid is King of the Mountain

This kid is king of the mountain. At least it looks that way. Taken from the top of Mount Evans, Colorado, this Mountain Goat kid seemed pretty proud of itself for being taller than 14,000 feet. 😉

A Mountain Goat kid plays king of the mountain at the top of Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat kid plays king of the mountain at the top of Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Very Curious Least Chipmunk

Taken on August 11, 2014 on top of Montgomery Pass in Colorado State Forest State Park. This little guy was most intrigued by the presence of visitors on its mountain.

 

A least chipmunk in Colorado State Forest State Park investigates the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A least chipmunk in Colorado State Forest State Park investigates the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise at 14,265 feet

Taken on top of Mount Evans, Colorado this past Sunday morning. We weathered 40° temperatures with 40 mph winds as the sun rose – it was SO worth it!

Mount Evans is the 12th tallest of 53 ‘fourteeners’ in the Centennial State. Did you know Colorado has the majority of peaks in the contiguous United States over 14,000 feet?

Sunrise as seen from Mount Evans, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise as seen from Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Marmot warming up with the sunrise

Taken on Mount Evans (Colorado) yesterday morning when the temperature was 40° and the wind howling at 40 mph. This little guy seemed pretty happy to have the sun out.

Sometimes called a ‘rock chuck,’ the yellow-bellied marmots are actually part of the squirrel family.

A Yellow-Bellied Marmot warms itself in the sun soon after dawn on Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Yellow-Bellied Marmot warms itself in the sun soon after dawn on Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mountain Goat wise guy

Taken yesterday, August 18, 2014, atop Colorado’s 14,265 foot Mount Evans right as the sun was coming up. The resident Mountain Goat herd provided some outstanding #photo opportunities, some of which were pretty amusing.

Clearly this one was showing what it thought about having its picture taken. 😉

A Mountain Goat on Colorado's Mount Evans sticks its tongue out at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat on Colorado’s Mount Evans sticks its tongue out at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)