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The super blue blood moon over Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

I took a couple hours off of work today so I could come in late to capture the lunar eclipse. For two hours I froze my you-know-what-off to capture the event from Barr Lake State Park, Colorado State Parks.

Unfortunately I am less than happy with my zoomed in pics of the event. I suspect I did a poor job manually focusing.

However, as things came to an end, I took a wider view of the scene capturing this one. Below, the frozen lake and lights from the Front Range with those snow-capped mountains behind. Above, a wave cloud and of course that blood moon.

View all my images from this celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado's Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise brings to mind sailor’s warning

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” I can’t help but think of that old saying this evening – I am a sailor after all. 😉

The sunrise on the Colorado Front Range this morning was amazing as always. Those gorgeous colored clouds and sky coupled with the frozen pond below were awesome.

However, Mother Nature is apparently set to deliver a potent storm on us tonight and tomorrow so I am of course, taking warning.

A beautiful sunrise on a cold, winter's morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise on a cold, winter’s morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic skies over the snow-capped Tetons

You might think this is a current picture given the weather conditions that seem to be taking place but in fact was taken last June. It was late spring but following a winter that saw extraordinary amounts of snow, there was still plenty of the white stuff up at altitude. In fact, just two days prior to this picture being taken we had woken up to falling snow just north of this spot in Yellowstone.

The Rocky Mountains are impressive just about anywhere but, in the Tetons, the peaks are just a step above most of the rest. They are a lot rougher and more jagged than most of the mountains here in the Colorado and to me, just look really darned cool.

Dramatic clouds shroud the snow covered Tetons in Wyoming. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds shroud the snow covered Tetons in Wyoming. (© Tony’s Takes)

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)