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Smoke colors the summer sunrise

We have had our share of wildfires here in Colorado but nothing like what California and western Canada have been seeing. Smoke from blazes in those areas backed into eastern Colorado overnight last night creating this somewhat eerie scene this morning. It was pretty but of course the reason for it is not so great.

Smoke from wildfires in California and Canada colors the sunrise on Colorado's plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Smoke from wildfires in California and Canada colors the sunrise on Colorado’s plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Foggy summer morning back-road

Taken a couple of weeks ago at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. You’ve likely seen me pictures I have posted of this same spot in the past. It is really quite picturesque with those trees looming large over the road. On this day, we had some early morning fog, something we don’t really see very often here in Colorado with as dry as it normally is. This however came on a day following a good bit of rain helping to give rise to the fog.

A foggy road in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A foggy road in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rising sun in the smoky high country

Down below, the sunrise was obscured by clouds. This morning I was at about 10,000 feet allowing a clearer view – kind of. While there were no clouds directly above, some were along the horizon as was smoke from wildfires in the region. The smell of the smoke was quite strong but the red sun made for a bit of a surreal scene and was kind of cool. Taken in Arapaho National Forest.

Smoke from wildfires in the region colors the sunrise red. (© Tony’s Takes)

Smoke from wildfires in the region colors the sunrise red. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wind turbine silhouetted by sunrise

My morning photo drive a couple weeks ago took me past these wind turbines and I couldn’t resist taking their picture. These are part of the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center located in Logan County, Colorado.

The facility, operated by NextEra Energy Resources, is one of the largest wind power projects in the United States. It has 133 1.5-megawatt turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 77,000 homes.

Each turbine is 262 feet tall from the ground to the center of the hub making them rather imposing structures on the relatively flat lands of the Great Plains.

A wind turbine at the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center in Logan County, Colorado is silhouetted by the sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

A wind turbine at the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center in Logan County, Colorado is silhouetted by the sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the Great Plains provides a stunning view

You would be hard-pressed to find more consistently beautiful sunrises and sunsets than you do in eastern Colorado. The terrain may be a bit flat but it is beautiful in its own right, particularly at the start and end of the day.

This view unfolded before us last week at North Sterling State Park. The golden orb bathed the water of the lake and the landscape in orange and those crepuscular rays shooting into the cloud cover were amazing to see.

If you’re interested, this image is available here.

A stunning sunset as seen from North Sterling State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A stunning sunset as seen from North Sterling State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies

One for Canada Day harkening back to my visit there two years ago. This is an image I haven’t shared before of this absolutely amazing location.

While on this trip I kept telling my wife, “You just can’t take a bad picture.” That is virtually true – it was that beautiful. I cannot wait until the day when I return.

Happy birthday to our friends to the north!

For what was my favorite image of this spot, see here. I actually have that one hanging on my wall at home.

Lake Louise in Canada's Banff National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Lake Louise in Canada’s Banff National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Smoky mountain morning

My wife and I headed to the top of Mount Evans today for a photo excursion. Lots of cool wildlife shots to share later but this came away as my favorite of the day. It was extraordinarily hazy at 14,000+ feet and the air was thick with the sight – and smell – of smoke from wildfires burning in Colorado. In color, the image wasn’t really extraordinary but a conversion to black and white provided a pretty cool look I think.

Black and white view of a hazy sunrise from the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white view of a hazy sunrise from the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Smoke makes for an other-worldly sunrise

It’s not often the sun is red and when it is, it usually comes from wildfires. Such was the case this morning as smoke from the 416 Fire in southwestern Colorado stretched to the Front Range. Certainly it is sad to see forests burn and we certainly wish it wasn’t happening but it does make for some pretty views.

Smoke from wildfires in southwestern Colorado create a beautiful sunrise.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Smoke from wildfires in southwestern Colorado create a beautiful sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white portrait of a spring snowfall

Finally! Colorado was extraordinarily dry in the winter and has been thus far in spring too. Last night and this morning we received some much needed rain and a bit of snow. The moisture is very welcome to help with the drought but also made me happy because it made for some pretty pictures this morning.

Black and white image of a wet road and snow-covered trees in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white image of a wet road and snow-covered trees in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Cool morning clouds

The sunrise itself on this particular day last week wasn’t anything to write home about. However, looking toward the north, the clouds were kind of dramatic with just a hint of color on the horizon. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A pleasant morning scene on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pleasant morning scene on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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