Connect With Me
Tony's Takes on Facebook Tony's Takes on Twitter Tony's Takes on Google+ Tony's Takes on Pinterest Tony's Takes RSS Feed
Photo Use Information
All photos © Tony’s Takes. Images are available for purchase as prints or as digital files for other uses. Please don’t steal; my prices aren’t expensive. For more information contact me here.
Archives

Tony

Mule Deer buck focuses on the photographer

It seemed I caught this handsome fellow by surprise. He was grazing along with his head down and I was happily snapping some pictures. When it picked its head up, it suddenly realized that there was a pesky human with a camera. Kind of though the look on its face was amusing. Taken back in October at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

A Mule Deer buck pays close attention. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pays close attention. (© Tony’s Takes)

In memoriam, Deputy Heath Gumm, end of watch January 24, 2018

Tragedy struck our community last week when Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect. My flags have been flying at half-mast since then in honor of this young man who gave his life in service to his fellow man.

Today, Deputy Gumm was laid to rest and tomorrow, my flags will once again fly high. I hope to never have to lower them again but, sadly, I know I will.

All we can do is say a prayer for the brave men and women that serve on that thin blue line and their families and let them know we appreciate them and support them.

In memoriam, Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm. (© Tony’s Takes)

In memoriam, Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Don’t mess with me! It’s Friday and I am just trying to finish the workweek.”

A bit of attitude from this handsome Bald Eagle judging by the look on his face. 😉 This is the male of a nested pair of eagles in northern Colorado. While it looks like he is grouchy, he actually is extraordinarily tolerant of people, oftentimes hanging out in a public park like he was on this day. That look on his face actually led to a big yawn. Apparently I was rather boring.

A Bald Eagle seems to display a bit of attitude toward the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle seems to display a bit of attitude toward the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blood moon and stars

One more from yesterday morning’s lunar eclipse. As I mentioned in the posting last night, I kind of struggled with my zoomed in pics of the celestial event. Clearly my manual focusing was less than spot on and there seemed to be a bit of movement.

This capture didn’t come out too horrible and I do like the hint of blue in the sky caused by the rising sun in the opposite direction.

View my complete set of captures of the celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The super blue blood moon over Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

I took a couple hours off of work today so I could come in late to capture the lunar eclipse. For two hours I froze my you-know-what-off to capture the event from Barr Lake State Park, Colorado State Parks.

Unfortunately I am less than happy with my zoomed in pics of the event. I suspect I did a poor job manually focusing.

However, as things came to an end, I took a wider view of the scene capturing this one. Below, the frozen lake and lights from the Front Range with those snow-capped mountains behind. Above, a wave cloud and of course that blood moon.

View all my images from this celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado's Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hello, pretty bird!

A random capture from this past weekend. I was actually hiking to get a closer look at a different critter when this gorgeous Blue Jay landed in a tree right in front of me seeming to ask to have its picture taken. I of course obliged it and it then headed off to continue on its morning routine.

A beautiful Blue Jay in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful Blue Jay in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Long Eared Owl enjoys a morning nap

Finally! Last year I heard about some of these cool creatures hanging out in a Denver area state park but despite multiple attempts, I never did see them. In recent weeks, they were seen again and I decided to try once more on Saturday.

This time I was rewarded with an opportunity to see and photograph them. There were actually four within a small area, all nestled within some very thick brush. Only one was truly visible where I could get a picture.

The event was definitely short on action as it simply slept the entire time I observed it, occasionally turning its head and never opening its eyes. Nevertheless, it was a first for me to get to see a Long Eared Owl so I was pretty happy. Definitely makes me want to go back to try again.

These medium-sized owls are found across North America, year-round in the western United States and Canada but only in the winter east of the Rockies and in Mexico. Like most owls, they are nocturnal and during the winter, as I witnessed, will oftentimes roost communally.

Scroll down to view all the images.

A Long Eared Owl enjoys a nap on a winter day. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Long Eared Owl enjoys a nap on a winter day. (© Tony’s Takes)

Looking back: December 10, 2011 total lunar eclipse

This coming Wednesday we will get to witness a bit of a trifecta of lunar events – a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon. Of course the big part of that is the latter, the total lunar eclipse that will take place. Not long before sunrise, the full moon will be setting in the west and at 6:29am MST be totally eclipsed. Soon after it will disappear over the horizon.

The event will be similar to the one pictured here just over six years ago. Back then I was just re-dipping my toes into photography after being largely absent for a number of years and my gear and skills lacked where I am at / what I have today. If I can make it work with my schedule, I am going to give the 2018 version of the event a try.

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado's Barr Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Panoramic nighttime lightning illuminated thunderstorm

Oh what a night! June 11, 2015 found me in far southeastern Colorado chasing storms. We chased this beast for a long ways and while it never did drop a tornado, it did give us some nice looks.

This image is taken after dark and those clouds are being lit up the intra-cloud lightning. It was an absolute non-stop light show.

If you look close, you can see a small town almost directly under the stormcell. It dropped baseball size hail and the straight-line winds downed powerlines.

Nighttime lightning illuminates the structure of a supercell thunderstorm in southeastern Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Nighttime lightning illuminates the structure of a supercell thunderstorm in southeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Freedom’s flyby!

A couple shots from an encounter with this gorgeous Bald Eagle last weekend. It was late morning and the light was kind of harsh but always fun to see these guys.

I haven’t had a truly good encounter with eagles in a while so that is going to be one of my primary focuses for the weekend. Hopefully I will have some luck. Have a great weekend, everyone!

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)