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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!

“Ordinary” sunrise reflections

The early morning show this past Saturday was relatively pedestrian as far as sunrises go on the Colorado plains. The views are often extraordinary with the orange stretching from the horizon to above your head.

On this morning, there weren’t many clouds to be lit up so the effect of the rising sun was somewhat limited. To help compensate for that, I opted for a nice foreground. The reflection on the waters of the lake, while not glass smooth did provide a nice accent below the horizon to what was above.

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Autumn sunrise through the trees

The leaves are all gone and we are well into fall now. This time of year often brings some absolutely gorgeous scenes at the start and end of the day. A couple weeks ago, there weren’t many clouds for the rising sun to illuminate so I opted for a more close in view. The orange sky at the horizon, the blue above and the amber grasses just getting illuminated were beautiful.

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage at Leavenworth Creek

For some reason I didn’t do a very good job of sharing the fall foliage pics I captured a couple of months ago. Here is one to catch up a bit. Taken the third week of September on Guanella Pass in Colorado. It was rainy and overcast but that allowed for some soft, even light. As my son and I descended the pass, we stopped at this popular spot. I setup my tripod, put on a neutral density filter and slowed my shutter speed way down. This allowed the waters of the creek to blur and give them a smooth appearance.

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Lonely tree reflections in the fog

Taken last Friday, thick fog settled in along the St Vrain Creek and adjacent ponds and lakes. It made for some pretty cool scenes although it caught me off guard as just to the west where I started my photo tour on that day it was perfectly clear.

I converted this photo to black and white although given the filtered light and fog, it almost wasn’t necessary as even with the naked eye the scene was very monochromatic. Taken at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado.

A bare tree is reflected in the calm waters of a lake while fog envelops that landscape. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bare tree is reflected in the calm waters of a lake while fog envelops that landscape. (© Tony’s Takes)

The setting moon at sunrise

The setting moon at sunrise. A very pretty scene this past Saturday. As the sun rose in the east and cast its warming rays on the landscape, to the west, everything was aglow and a setting near-full moon dotted those beautiful blue skies. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

Foggy fall road

Such a picture-perfect scene showcasing the change of seasons here in Colorado. Taken a few weeks ago when the fall foliage along the Front Range were approaching their peak. The morning started clear but then fog arrived and enveloped the landscape. This road was lined with birch and cottonwood trees and seemed to disappear into nothingness at the end of it. This is probably one of my favorite pics of the fall colors that I captured this year.

Fog and fall foliage along a road on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog and fall foliage along a road on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)