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Imposing storm clouds near Last Chance, Colorado

June 11, 2011 – On this day I was storm chasing with the family. No tornadoes would be seen but there was hail, dust devils and pretty cool looking storm structure. The bright, green grass below was augmented by the evening sunlight colored orange by the blowing dust and the dark, imposing clouds above.

Storm clouds near Last Chance, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Storm clouds near Last Chance, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mallard shows his green for St. Patrick’s Day

Normally I prefer to take pictures of birds that I find more interesting like raptors.  However on the day this image was taken the action was pretty slow and this photogenic little guy really wanted his picture taken.

This mallard swam by a couple of times and even came ashore to retrieve a snack dropped by a fellow photographer nearby.  I snapped this picture as he swam off and really like the image.  The water beading on the duck ‘s head, the detail of its fine feathers clearly showing and the glass-like water with the duck’s reflection turned out quite nice.

As a bonus, the green head fits in well for St. Patrick’s Day.  😉  Taken at Golden Ponds in Longmont.

Mallard goes for a swim on Golden Pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mallard goes for a swim on Golden Pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise casts Colorado mountains in hues of pink and orange

A very chilly start in the pre-dawn hours as I set out to capture images of the setting full moon, the mountains and bald eagles.  The moon and eagles turned out not to  be the highlight of the morning.

Instead, the prize winner was this image taken as the sun rose and cast the mountains from Mount Audubon to Longs Peak in a gorgeous pink / orange.  As seen from Golden Ponds in Longmont.

Sunrise casts Colorado mountains in pink and orange colors. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise casts Colorado mountains in pink and orange colors. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Watchful hawk

January 18, 2013 – Watchful hawk.  Hawks tend to be very elusive to capture in photos – at least they are for me.  It seems like they have a knack for knowing when I am nearby and do their best to avoid me. 😉

This particular one was very cooperative and sat for quite a while in a tree at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.  The tree branches are busy but the bright, Colorado blue sky behind helps to make it a nice image.

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January 18, 2013 - Watchful hawk. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 18, 2013 – Watchful hawk. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Little farm, big storm

June 7, 2012 – Out stormchasing in Kiowa County, Colorado on this day.  Saw multiple funnel clouds and a tornado.  This storm cell was just barely missing the farm to the north and dwarfed the buildings below.

Little farm, big storm. © Tony’s Takes

Little farm, big storm. © Tony’s Takes

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Mild early spring day provides a picture perfect view of Longs Peak

I was out and about today scouting a location near Longmont where I had heard about some bald eagle activity.  While the eagles were not cooperating, Mother Nature was in a big way.

The mid-day sun made lighting a bit harsh but overall the image came out nice.  The typically gorgeous blue Colorado skies, a snow-called Longs Peak and a couple of Canada geese helped complete the scene.

Longs Peak on a gorgeous early spring day in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Longs Peak on a gorgeous early spring day in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hoo hoo turned the wind on?

I made a quick drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal today and found this guy taking a nap. Well, at least he was trying. The wind was gusting pretty bad and he was rocking a bit with it and partially opening his eyes each time.

I’m glad to finally get a decent picture of an owl – something that has eluded me.

A great horned owl was trying his best to take a nap despite howling wind. (© Tony’s Takes)

A great horned owl was trying his best to take a nap despite howling wind. (© Tony’s Takes)

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A smoky sunset on the Great Plains

June 20, 2012 – A smoky sunset on the Great Plains.  The summer of 2012 was devastating in terms of the size and number of wildfires in Colorado.  The largest of the season was the High Park Fire in the mountains west of Fort Collins.  It was three weeks from the time it was first reported on June 9 to the time it was contained on June 30.  In the interim it burned 87,250 acres making it the second largest wildfire on record in the state at the time.

While camping on the eastern plains on June 20 in Morgan County some 40 miles east, I took this picture.  Stunning, orange sunsets in this area are not unusual but the smoke plume trailing across the horizon from the fire made this one quite different.

June 20, 2012 - The smoke plume from the High Park Fire is seen from Colorado's eastern plains at sunset.  (© Tony’s Takes)

June 20, 2012 – The smoke plume from the High Park Fire is seen from Colorado’s eastern plains at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Stunning circular cloud formation at sunset

Sometimes the most amazing scenes come to you.  This spectacular cloud occurred over the north Denver area on January 5, 2012 at sunset.  I saw it as I was letting the dogs outside and, not wanting to miss the moment, grabbed my point-and-shoot which was sitting nearby.  Certainly I wish I would have had my SLR handy in order to get a better quality image of this extraordinary event.  However it goes to show that even the little cameras can get great pictures – if you are ready.

January 5, 2012 - Stunning circular cloud and a red sunset. Photo © Tony’s Takes.

January 5, 2012 – Stunning circular cloud and a red sunset. Photo © Tony’s Takes.

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Mostly clear skies give nice view of the moon

Wanting to test out a new piece of photo gear (a tele-converter), I was in need of a test subject.  The moon proved to be a willing target this evening and despite some thin cirrus clouds in the way, the image came out quite good.

Despite a thin layer of cirrus clouds, the waxing gibbous moon looked very nice. (© Tony’s Takes)

Despite a thin layer of cirrus clouds, the waxing gibbous moon looked very nice. (© Tony’s Takes)