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Amber grasses at sunrise

This was on an extremely cold December morning on Colorado’s Great Plains. I was at Jackson Lake State Park primarily in search of eagles but as the sun began to crest the horizon and cast its golden light, I couldn’t help but divert and capture the scene.

A light frost had coated the grass helping to make it really shimmer. I then used a bit of a photographic ‘trick’ then allowed me to turn that rising sun into a bursting light.

This really is a cool technique and very easy for those that want to try. Simply stop your shot down as much as possible – something like f/22. The result is the ‘starburst’ effect you see here. It works best if the sun is somewhat obscured like through grass or leaves on a tree.

More of my landscape images here.

A starburst of the rising sun behind grasses on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A starburst of the rising sun behind grasses on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Other-worldly clouds at sunset

Winter sunsets and sunrises here in Colorado are oftentimes pretty darned amazing. For the late day shows, we oftentimes have wave clouds and lenticular clouds above. These almost alien looking clouds look cool any time but throw in the colored rays of the setting sun and the view is jaw-dropping. Such was the case this past Friday evening. From my home I don’t have a clear view to the west so instead I zoomed in and focused on some of the more interesting shapes.

Stunning lenticular clouds at sunset along the Colorado Front Range.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Stunning lenticular clouds at sunset along the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

Stunning lenticular clouds at sunset along the Colorado Front Range.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Stunning lenticular clouds at sunset along the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Landscape top shots 2017

From high altitude mountain scenes to the relatively flat Great Plains, my travels this year allowed me to view and capture a wide variety of scenery.

For the most part I stuck relatively close to home in Colorado other than a late spring trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. Nevertheless, I was able to take in the splendor of a wide variety of scenes, each one of which I am extremely grateful for having been able to witness.

I hope you enjoy the views as much as I did. If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

A mighty cold winter scene along the Colorado Front Range

A taste of the Arctic for us today as cold air refused to move out and left us with some pretty darned cold temperatures. The so-called “high” temperature at my house not far from here was 11 degrees. That does not make this photographer want to venture far from his truck to say the least!

This image was taken at Barr Lake State Park as light snow fell in the late morning and clung to the trees. I did walk around some, but it didn’t take long before my fingers were telling me I better get inside the warmth! 😉

Hoar frost and snow coat the landscape at Colorado's Barr Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Hoar frost and snow coat the landscape at Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Some Monday morning serenity with a gorgeous sunrise

The first day of the workweek is rarely a fun one and Monday oftentimes lives up to its reputation. Rather than feed the fire, here’s an image I snapped this weekend to calm things down. This was actually looking to the north at a 90-degree angle to the sunrise. The rising sun lit up the cool, cotton ball clouds and the reflection colored the ice and water orange. When you get stressed today, just try to think of a scene like this. 😉

A beautiful sunrise looking north with reflections on the ice and water of a pond.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise looking north with reflections on the ice and water of a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden orb on the horizon

Not many clouds this morning to make for an extraordinary sunrise but it was definitely golden and pretty unto into own right.

The sun rises about the horizon east of Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises about the horizon east of Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Orange and blue to start the day

If the team was doing worth a darn, I probably would have called this a ‘Broncos sunrise’ since it was taken on a game day. That, unfortunately, is not the case and while the view did feature the team colors, it sure did not portend a victory. 🙁 Nevertheless, the scene was beautiful with the clouds on the horizon blazing orange and that deep blue, Colorado sky above just beginning to get illuminated. More landscape images here.

The sun rises on the plains of Colorado casting the clouds in orange and the sky blue. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises on the plains of Colorado casting the clouds in orange and the sky blue. (© Tony’s Takes)

Announcing the Tony’s Takes 2017 photo book

Cuddly creatures? Ferocious raptors? Wildlife with big horns and antlers? Gorgeous sunrises on the Great Plains? Snow-covered mountains? The solar eclipse? Got them all in my 2017 photo book! I received my proof, fixed a couple things, and it is now ready for ordering. Best of all, I am using a different supplier which has allowed me to increase the page count by 50% while dropping the price a good chunk. Check them out and get yours on order ASAP if you want it before Christmas.

A bone-chilling cold landscape

I was pleased to find this image of mine included in Colorado Outdoors magazine’s 2017 photo issue. Taken at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado back in January, it was indeed one very cold morning. However, all that ice and a subdued sunrise made for some nice pics that morning, even if it was 17 degrees and windy at the time. 😉

I had hoped one of my wildlife shots would make the cut for the magazine this year but no such luck. That’s okay, I am flattered to have this one in there and it gives me something to shoot for next year.

Image available here.

The sun rises over a frozen lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises over a frozen lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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!