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Coming soon: The Tony’s Takes 2017 photo book

I have just ordered my proof copy and should have it in a week. Once I do and have verified it meets my standards and looks good, I will make it available for ordering. It will be tight but I should be able to get it to you before Christmas.

From the Great American Eclipse to breathtaking landscapes and wildlife to raptors, it is all in there – 36 pages worth. I am trying a new vendor that, while my options for layouts were more limited, the cost is significantly less than last year’s book. I heard from some that the bucks prevented them from ordering them so I am hoping this will help get the book in more folks’ hands.

Keep an eye out and be ready once I make it available!

American Pika licks its lips

Such a cutie! I had a rather charmed encounter with this little critter back in August. I hiked into a talus field near the top of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park hoping to catch images of some of the Pika as they scurried about. This particular one proved to be highly entertaining.

It was quite tolerant of me, approaching at times within a foot of me, sometimes pausing to check me out and make sure I meant no harm but largely going about its busy work. This afforded me the opportunity to get some great captures, including this one as it cleaned up after having a morning snack.

An American Pika licks its lips in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Pika licks its lips in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Ordinary” sunrise reflections

The early morning show this past Saturday was relatively pedestrian as far as sunrises go on the Colorado plains. The views are often extraordinary with the orange stretching from the horizon to above your head.

On this morning, there weren’t many clouds to be lit up so the effect of the rising sun was somewhat limited. To help compensate for that, I opted for a nice foreground. The reflection on the waters of the lake, while not glass smooth did provide a nice accent below the horizon to what was above.

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black Bear sow enjoys a soak in the South Platte River

Black Bear sow enjoys a soak in the South Platte River. Harkening back to August 2015 for these pictures. A late spring freeze damaged much of the berries at higher altitude that bears depend on for food.

As the summer began to wind down, they were forced to move to lower altitudes to find nourishment and in doing so, put themselves in areas where humans frequent. This did result in some conflicts, primarily due to stupid people getting far too close to the bruins.

However, for responsible wildlife watchers, it was a great opportunity. This particular sow and her two cubs spent time over a couple of days eating along the banks of the river. When the summer heat got to be a bit too much, they would hop in the water and take a break, as she was doing for these shots.

A Black Bear enjoys a refreshing bath in the South Platte River on a hot summer day. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black Bear enjoys a refreshing bath in the South Platte River on a hot summer day. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black Bear enjoys a refreshing bath in the South Platte River on a hot summer day. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black Bear enjoys a refreshing bath in the South Platte River on a hot summer day. (© Tony’s Takes)

Doe makes a buck work hard to earn her affections

This Mule Deer buck was doing his best to get a doe’s attention, chasing her incessantly across an open field, around trees, through bushes and back. Despite his overtures and persistence, she wanted no part of him and appeared to have the stamina to continue to resist. She was eventually able to leisurely walk away, he was left panting, wondering if it was something he said or did. 😉

A Mule Deer buck pants after working hard to chase down a doe.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pants after working hard to chase down a doe. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pants after working hard to chase down a doe.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck pants after working hard to chase down a doe. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fabulous Ferruginous Hawk in flight

My favorite hawks for sure. I happened across this beautiful example north of Denver International Airport yesterday. It gave me some nice poses then a nice launch and flyby.

Ferruginous Hawks are very large and can be mistaken for an eagle at a distance. Their plumage is just gorgeous and that smile that they seem to have very cool. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.

If you love raptors like I do, you might like my 2018 Raptors calendar. Everything from owls to hawks and falcons. Check it out here.

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Autumn sunrise through the trees

The leaves are all gone and we are well into fall now. This time of year often brings some absolutely gorgeous scenes at the start and end of the day. A couple weeks ago, there weren’t many clouds for the rising sun to illuminate so I opted for a more close in view. The orange sky at the horizon, the blue above and the amber grasses just getting illuminated were beautiful.

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagle keeps focused on the photographer

Taken last Saturday, these three-year-old saved my photo day. I had driven to all my usual spots in northern Colorado and had pretty much been skunked. No one wanted to play with me! I headed for home having taken only three pictures the entire morning.

Not far from my house in the suburbs north of Denver, I spot this large bird on top of a high tension power pole. Looking from a distance, I was pretty sure it was only a hawk but decided to get closer to check it out. Thank goodness I did.

The young eagle was hanging out, watching the traffic pass by. It gave me some nice poses then decided to head off and hunt a nearby field. On its return trip, it flew right back over me, keeping close watch on the guy with the camera. I managed some nice captures from the encounter and it salvaged what would have been a total loss of a photo day.

A young Bald Eagle keeps close watch on the photographer as it flies over Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle keeps close watch on the photographer as it flies over Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

“You wanna piece of me? Do you?”

Tom the Turkey looks pretty grumpy today. Not entirely sure why. 😉 From my family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for following me. I truly appreciate you taking the time to look at my photos and hope you enjoy them.

A Turkey tom struts his stuff in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts his stuff in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage at Leavenworth Creek

For some reason I didn’t do a very good job of sharing the fall foliage pics I captured a couple of months ago. Here is one to catch up a bit. Taken the third week of September on Guanella Pass in Colorado. It was rainy and overcast but that allowed for some soft, even light. As my son and I descended the pass, we stopped at this popular spot. I setup my tripod, put on a neutral density filter and slowed my shutter speed way down. This allowed the waters of the creek to blur and give them a smooth appearance.

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)