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Winter white trees and shrubs

A very cold and somewhat miserable start to meteorological spring in the Denver area.  With temperatures in the teens and windchill temperatures pushing down to near zero, I almost had to force myself to get out and take this picture.  I am glad I did.  The trees were all covered in white from the freezing drizzle and snow and while it looked somewhat dreary, it was pretty in its own right.

March 1, 2014 - Winter white trees and shrubs.  (© Tony’s Takes)

March 1, 2014 – Winter white trees and shrubs. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds

Driving home I saw a bald eagle in common perch along the South Platte. Despite the late afternoon low sun and the fact the eagle was back-lit pretty heavily, I decided to stop and, boy, am I glad I did.

As I prepared to take a few photos I noticed the iridescent clouds in the background.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

I had to brighten up the shadows a bit but all in all it was a nice shot.

February 12, 2014 - Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 12, 2014 – Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

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A bit of a treat on a cold morning as a sun dog appeared not long after the sun rose.  The area at my work doesn’t make for a particularly photogenic foreground but it was still fun to see and capture.

February 5, 2014 - Denver sun dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 5, 2014 – Denver sun dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

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A cold, gray day along the South Platte River

With record-setting cold in the Denver area at the time this picture was taken, it was not a great day to be outside.  Overcast skies made a walk along the South Platte River a bit dreary.  Converting this image to black and white seems to work week and convey the mood of that cold, dark day.

January 31, 2014 - A cold, gray day along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 31, 2014 – A cold, gray day along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Stunning sunset clouds

Sometimes Mother Nature brings the scenery and weather to you.  Such was the case this evening when as the sun set the clouds took on a brilliant orange color and were layered with waves in a stunning display.  Amazingly, this is looking east, away from the actual setting sun and has absolutely no color enhancement done to it – this is exactly how it looked.

January 3, 2014 - Stunning wave cloud at sunset in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 3, 2014 – Stunning wave cloud at sunset in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory

The United States flag flies proudly outside my house every day of the year.  On this morning, two days before Veterans Day, the sky was illuminated brilliant orange at sunrise and helped to light up Old Glory.

November 9, 2013 - Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory.  (© Tony’s Takes)

November 9, 2013 – Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Shelf cloud and hail core over suburbia

Taken not too far from my home in the north Denver metro area, this shelf cloud and the hail core beneath it was impressive.  Lightning was popping with regularity and I was dismayed to see people at the dog park (bottom right) not seeking shelter.

July 10, 2010 - Shelf cloud and hail core over suburbia. (© Tony’s Takes)

July 10, 2010 – Shelf cloud and hail core over suburbia. (© Tony’s Takes)

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The core

During the early part of summer I spend a lot of time camping on the northeastern plains of Colorado.  One of the benefits is that the severe weather oftentimes comes to me and such was the case on this afternoon.

Severe storms were brewing and a Tornado Warning had been issued.  This storm cell passed to our northeast and had an amazing bright green hail core.

June 11, 2010 - The core. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 11, 2010 – The core. (© Tony’s Takes)

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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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Eerie red cloud in the winter sky

Simply a ‘picture of opportunity.’  I was letting the dogs out when I see this stunning scene unfolding.  No color enhancement at all was applied to this image.  The sky was truly this deep of a red and the cloud formation looked exactly like that.  Perhaps an alien invasion?  😉

January 5, 2012 - Eerie red cloud in the winter sky.  (© Tony’s Takes)

January 5, 2012 – Eerie red cloud in the winter sky. (© Tony’s Takes)

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