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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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Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains

Many folks find the Great Plains ‘boring’ and yes, it some ways they may be.  However I spend a great deal of time out there during the first part of summer and have learned to fully appreciate the landscape.  Sunsets can take on the most amazing and brilliant colors out there like they did on this day.

June 21, 2010 - Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 21, 2010 – Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Intimidating Nebraska shelf cloud

Southern Nebraska was the target for another storm chase.  No tornadoes to be seen today but more often that not, it is the storm structure that can make a great image.  This shelf cloud moving across the green pastures looking intimidating but was quite beautiful.

June 3, 2010 - Nebraska shelf cloud. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 3, 2010 – Nebraska shelf cloud. (© 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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Monstrous Oklahoma supercell

After chasing six tornadoes in southeastern Colorado, including the infamous Campo tornado, my storm chase continued toward the east and into the Oklahoma panhandle.  While the threat of tornadoes had greatly diminished, the supercell thunderstorms that remained were amazing.

As the sun set this beast of a storm was giving its last breaths of life.  The massive size of the storm cell is evident by the small, black dot on the horizon directly underneath it – that is a grain elevator.

May 31, 2010 - Oklahoma supercell. (© Tony’s Takes)

May 31, 2010 – Oklahoma supercell. (© Tony’s Takes)

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