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Looking up at the fall colors

One of my favorite perspectives when taking pictures of the fall foliage is to immerse myself in a bunch of aspen trees and point my camera straight up. Those golden leaves against our deep blue Colorado skies just look gorgeous. This year I only had limited success at that attempt due to either cloudy skies above or, in this case, a grove that had leaves already partially stripped by wind. Nevertheless, there was enough yellow left to make for a nice capture.

Fall foliage and the blue Colorado sky in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage and the blue Colorado sky in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainbow caps off the season’s camping

A nice little scene following an afternoon thunderstorm at our campsite in Estes Park, Colorado this past Friday. In the wake of the storm, the sun reappeared to the west and to the east a good-looking rainbow appeared. This weekend pretty much puts a wrap on our camping season which is always a bit of a bummer. We will be anxiously awaiting that first trip of the spring! Only six months to go or so. 😉

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates one of the first high country snows of the season

For a brief time Sunday morning, the sun made a much desired appearance in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. About an inch of the white stuff had fallen overnight and the cold was keeping visitors away. That was perfectly fine with me as I got to enjoy an amazingly quiet and peaceful morning taking in this scene.

As the sun crested the horizon it illuminated Mount Audubon (right) and the adjacent peaks with its golden light. Low clouds clung to the mountaintops and bits of that gorgeous Colorado blue sky appeared.

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video: Top shots from Summer 2017

The calendar says that is a wrap on summer 2017 and Mother Nature seems to agree given the change in the weather the last couple of days. I sat down this evening and put together a video collection of my favorite images from the season. Goodness. I am so thankful to have been able to capture images of such amazing creatures and scenes. I hope you enjoy the show!

Fall colors in the valley

Mother Nature wasn’t too cooperative today with clouds and rain intruding heavily on mine and my son’s fall foliage drive. It seemed like we spent most of the time chasing the few spots of sun and they disappeared as soon as we arrived. I did manage a few nice captures including this one. Taken on the east side of Boreas Pass, Colorado looking toward Como.

Bright fall foliage lines the valley looking into Como, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Bright fall foliage lines the valley looking into Como, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pastel sunrise colors and a silhouetted mountain

I had hoped there would be a very large mammal in those waters when I visited Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. That was not to be and while the sunrise wasn’t anything particularly extraordinary, it was pretty nonetheless.

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bristlecone in black and white

I’m no arborist by any means but Bristlecone Pines fascinate me.

They have the capability to survive in extraordinarily harsh environments and have longevity that is just amazing. The remnants of this particular tree reside right near treeline in Colorado so at about 11,000 feet in altitude – not a pleasant place to be in the winter.

More so, this tree could have lived to be 5,000 years old! It may very well have been alive at the time of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and indeed could date back to the Bronze Age when the Egyptian pyramids were built. Just an amazing thing to think about.

Black and white image of a fallen bristlecone pine tree in the Mount Goliath area of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white image of a fallen bristlecone pine tree in the Mount Goliath area of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

First look at the fall colors in Colorado’s high country

Taken along Old Fall River Road about half way between the base and top. In this particular area, it was a bit hit or miss (more miss really) as to finding fall foliage this past weekend. However, the higher you went, the better your chances.

Many locations, particularly those above 9,000 feet, in the state’s high country will peak this coming weekend. If you’re planning to view the show, this will be the primary weekend to do it – I know I will be up there!

If you are in the Centennial State and not sure where to go, I offer up some thoughts on my weather website here.

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A sign of the change of seasons

Quite a day yesterday in Rocky Mountain National Park… Not long after I took this I was wanting to head back down to the east side of the park where we were camped but they closed Trail Ridge Road literally 30 seconds before I was there.

With the rest of my family down below and the rangers being unsure as to when the road would open, I ended up taking the long way around – a three and a half hour diversion. Ugh!

I reckon on the plus side for my readers is that I do have some cool pics to share this week. 😉

Smooth flowing waters of Chicago Creek

This is a spot that a lot of folks go by as they head up to Mount Evans, Colorado. I suspect many just blow right by and never even notice it but it is worth a quick stop. The waters of the creek flow down toward the road and early in the morning the thick forest provides for some nice lighting. Using a neutral density filter allowed me to use a very slow shutterspeed to blur the waters and give them their smooth appearance.

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)