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The lonely tree

Storm chasing isn’t just about tornadoes to me. Oftentimes the best images are ones taken before or after a tornado as was the case with this picture. Taken in rural Kiowa County, Colorado, I had witnessed a rain-wrapped tornado earlier and just sat and watched Mother Nature in all her glory afterwards. The sky near the horizon had the orange of the setting sun while above the blue / green of hail in the clouds made it a bit ominous.

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June 7, 2012 – The lonely tree. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 7, 2012 – The lonely tree. (© Tony’s Takes)

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The presidents’ sunset

The Black Hills of South Dakota are one of my favorite places.  Certainly there are plenty of tourist attractions but the scenery can be stunning.

The image below was taken just as the sun was setting on my first nighttime visit to Mount Rushmore.  Smoke from nearby wildfires helped to color the sky and is particularly noticeable at the bottom left of the image.

July 18, 2011 - The presidents' sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

July 18, 2011 – The presidents’ sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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The sun will rise again

A photo that has special meaning for me. Taken on a record-setting cold morning in Elephant Butte, New Mexico, this was the day after my dad passed away. I was raw with emotion and incredibly depressed as I left the hotel that morning to gather with my family. The scene of the sun rising was one which I will never forget and I well remember telling myself, “Well look. The sun did rise again.”  I miss my dad so much to this day but his memory and the memory of this scene help.

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February 4, 2011 – The sun will rise again. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 4, 2011 – The sun will rise again. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Glorious rural Colorado sunrise

Taken in Weld County, Colorado, the morning was bitter cold but as the sun rose between these trees my heart warmed. Colorado has the most amazing sunrises and sunsets and they occur at all times of these year. The bare trees, having shed their coverage for the winter, were darkened as the sun rose in brilliant orange.

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December 19, 2010 - Glorious rural sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

December 19, 2010 – Glorious rural sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Kansas windmill at sunset

The sun was setting on another day of storm chasing on the Great Plains when this scene unfolded south of Goodland, Kansas. It reminded me of my grandpa’s farm in the same state and is punctuated by the windmill and crepuscular rays emanating from the sun.

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June 2, 2010 - Kansas windmill at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 2, 2010 – Kansas windmill at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Eastlake, Colorado grain elevator

Suburbia has replaced the rolling farmland that used to occupy the Thornton and Eastlake area and the agricultural heritage of the area is now lost.  One notable reminder remains.

The Eastlake grain elevator sat in disrepair for many years.  This image was taken after a healthy pre-Christmas snow.

December 23, 2009 - Eastlake, Colorado grain elevator. (© Tony’s Takes)

December 23, 2009 – Eastlake, Colorado grain elevator. (© Tony’s Takes)

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