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A gorgeous Sunday sunrise

Out and about this morning looking for Great Horned Owls my focus was for a time on the east as the sun rose.  Beautiful sunrises and sunsets are a near daily occurrence in Colorado and this one was no different.

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Colorful Sunday sunrise.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Colorful Sunday sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Woody the Woodpecker sighting

I took a drive this morning and while it was lacking in drama (i.e. raptors), it was not entirely fruitless.  Along a bike bath in suburban Denver I saw this guy – a Northern Flicker.

The flicker is actually one of the bigger woodpeckers and one of the few that migrate but do live year-round in much of the Lower 48.  They spend a good bit of time on the ground looking for worms and grubs.  Read more at All About Birds.

Northern Flicker.  Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Northern Flicker. Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hawk quest (and a few other critters)

My son and I headed out this morning for a quick photo tour of some of our usual haunts.  This included the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.

At the Arsenal it was pretty much standard fare with the bison being the most notable.  Just to the north we came across a hawk that was kind enough to give us a few very nice flybys.

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A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Boulder, Colorado farm photo trip

Visiting an old farm in Boulder, Colorado today for photos but actually I wasn’t to be the photographer.  Instead, the family was having their pictures taken.  Nevertheless, I had to bring my camera and snap a few shots.

Old farms remind me very much of my grandparents’ farm and I love taking pictures of them.  The gnarled textures and bright but worn colors make great subjects.  As a bonus there were some nice looking lenticular clouds on the way back.

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March 29, 2014 - This 'stickers' had an amazing amount of detail. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 29, 2014 – This ‘stickers’ had an amazing amount of detail. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Why you need a UV / haze filter on your DSLR lenses

“They say” you should have a UV / haze filter on your lenses to protect them from damage as much as for any other reason. I have always used them but at times wondered if it was worth it. Now I know.

Getting out of my truck one day I dropped my camera bag. Since my camera and bigger lens were around my neck I didn’t think too much about it. Last week I swapped to the lens in the picture below which was in my bag when I dropped it.

When I got home and downloaded the images I noticed strange ‘ghost’ lines on the images. Inspecting the lens I found the filter cracked severely.

Made a believer in protective filters out of me!

If you use DSLRs, be sure you have a UV / haze filter on there. A $30.00 filter is far more tolerable to replace than a $200.00 lens.

Even though in a bag, the filter on this lens was broken when the bag was dropped.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Even though in a bag, the filter on this lens was broken when the bag was dropped. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagles put on a spring-time air show

After a couple of weeks without much luck getting decent shots of bald eagles despite multiple trips and many miles driven , I was getting frustrated.   Perseverance finally paid off though as I found a pair willing to put on quite a show.  

With a storm rolling in the lighting wasn’t great due to the overcast skies but I am not complaining (too much). 😉

March 26, 2014 - A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 26, 2014 – A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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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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