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Eagle flight in the fog

Very cold weather with temperatures below zero almost kept me from trolling one of my usual spots for bald eagles.  Almost.

Thankfully they didn’t make me walk too far in the cold.  A pair of mature bald eagles were hanging out in a tree across the river.  I was able to capture some nice images including this one of one of them as it took flight.

February 5, 2014 - Bald eagle takes flight in the fog. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 5, 2014 – Bald eagle takes flight in the fog. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Everyone say, ‘Awwww’

I took a quick trip during my lunch hour to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge hoping to catch some ‘snowy bison.’  Luckily much of the herd was gathered right next to the road and was very amendable to letting me take some pictures.

February 4, 2014 - Baby bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 4, 2014 – Baby bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

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1814 or 2014?

Another trip out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and this one initially looked to be a bust as the bison were too far off to get any good closeups.  Looking at it differently though and by changing my angle, I was able to capture the snow-capped mountains behind and eliminate virtually any sign of civilization.  I don’t normally apply effects to my photos but thought it worked well on this one and allows the viewer to imagine a very similar scene 200 years ago before the white man took over the land.

January 3, 2014 - 1814 or 2014? Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

January 3, 2014 – 1814 or 2014? Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Bison graze in the shadow of the Rockies

A brilliantly clear day provided for some great viewing of the Colorado Front Range.  This image taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge showcases the beauty of the area.  With the bison grazing in the foreground, the snow-covered mountains behind and blue sky above make for a stunning image.

January 3, 2014 - Bison graze in the shadow of the Rockies. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 3, 2014 – Bison graze in the shadow of the Rockies. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Immature bald eagle fly by

Out for a walk along the South Platte River with my wife, we saw a few immature bald eagles in a tree across the river.  As I got closer to the river bank to get a better angle for a photo, this one took flight.  He seemed genuinely interested in us as he flew in circles over our heads three times.  That was of course just the opportunity I had hoped for.

December 30, 2013 - Immature bald eagle fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

December 30, 2013 – Immature bald eagle fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

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What’s going on back there?

A winter’s day out at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge found this coyote out and about.  He was yipping back and forth with another coyote on the other side of the boundary fence and seemed troubled that he couldn’t get to the other.

February 22, 2013 - Coyote checking out what is happening behind. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 22, 2013 – Coyote checking out what is happening behind. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Regal eagle

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver is a veritable cornucopia of photo opportunities. Usually the bald eagles here are too far away to capture images of but on this day this particular eagle was perched right by the entrance to the refuge. I was almost giddy as I got within 50 feet of the amazing bird.

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January 25, 2013 – Regal eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 25, 2013 – Regal eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

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If looks could kill

The bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge provide an extraordinary photo opportunity not far from home for folks in the Denver area.  The large herd allows people to get quite close, oftentimes right outside their vehicle.

On this day I was taking photos of the herd when I noticed this bull watching me very closely.  The look was quite intense and definitely gave me an uneasy feeling.

When I got home and processed the image, it lacked the sharp focus it should have had due to camera operator error.  I didn’t want to lose the shot though and began playing around with some post-processing effects.

Softening the image a goof bit, increasing the contrast and brightening the backdrop helped cover my lack of proper focus and I believe added even more intensity to the icy stare of the bison, particularly with the glint of its eye.

January 25, 2013 - If looks could kill.  Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 25, 2013 – If looks could kill. Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Old west meets new

Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife refuge, this was an image I had seen in my mind for a long time. The weather cooperated with beautiful, clear blue skies and the bison was kind enough to position itself perfectly. This to me is an iconic Denver image.

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January 20, 2013 – Old west meets new. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 20, 2013 – Old west meets new. (© Tony’s Takes)

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