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Golden Eagle gets its portrait taken

Golden Eagle gets its portrait taken

Such an absolutely stunning raptor! I’ve been quite close to a Golden in the wild before and their size is something that is hard to appreciate if you haven’t been near one. However, this past weekend I took part in an event that let me get within just a few feet of one and, well, wow! A local wildlife photographer group arranged for a visit with Nature's Educators, a non-profit group that does public outreach events to educate the public on ...

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I see you down there!

I see you down there!

"I see you down there!" A Great Horned Owl owlet checks out the photographer in Thornton, Colorado. My time with this trio was brief but so much fun. I learned about the nest early last week. On the day of this picture, Thursday, two, including this one were in the nest still. One had fallen out of the nest and was perched in a bush on the other side of the trail. The nest day, all three were out of ...

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Some Monday morning serenity with a gorgeous sunrise

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 ...

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High key Bison bull head on

High key Bison bull head on

One for Tatanka Tuesday! The Bison herd at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado has seen a half dozen new births this spring. I keep trying but I have yet to get good pics of the little ones as they keep hanging out too far away. This past weekend, some of the big bulls provided a nice consolation prize. Here, one of the big boys marches right toward me. The light was drab due to overcast skies and ...

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The diamond ring

The diamond ring

Oh my. I cannot begin to describe what I experienced yesterday. Eclipse 2017 was everything I had hoped it would be. Breathtaking would be a good word for it. Here you see the ‘diamond ring effect’ – the few seconds right before the eclipse enters totality. Nothing short of amazing! I had planned on driving home right afterwards but unfortunately traffic kept me in place. I did actually start to head for home and didn’t make it two miles before hitting a ...

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National Park Service seeks information on Elk poachers in Rocky Mountain National Park

Apparently a poacher (or poachers) have killed two of these big guys in recent weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park. The service is seeking pics of any of the bulls in the Milner Pass area, some of which I photographed back in late July. This link has details on the incidents and links that you can use to report anything relevant.

Two Elk bulls walk along the shore of a lake at Milner Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Elk bulls walk along the shore of a lake at Milner Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Starry reflections in Colorado’s high country

Living in the city, you forget just how beautiful the night sky can be without all the light pollution. That’s why I absolutely love going to Colorado’s high country. You get away from the people, the crowds, the city lights and at night, you can just stare up in awe at the stars.

On this night a couple weeks ago, I was able to situate myself such that not only were the stars above, they were also reflected on Brainard Lake’s surface. Kind of fun and very, very pretty. That glow on the horizon is from Longmont and other Front Range cities.

The stars above reflect on the surface of Brainard Lake in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The stars above reflect on the surface of Brainard Lake in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Moose bull grazing in the early morning

From a couple weeks ago, this big guy was one of four I was taking pictures of. They weren’t being particularly cooperative as they tended to stay covered pretty well. This one though did give me some nice shots and I think this one is my favorite. The soft light, the foliage framing him and the gentle look on his face make for a nice capture. Taken in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

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A Moose bull walks among the foliage at Brainard Lake in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose bull walks among the foliage at Brainard Lake in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Freedom flight across Colorado’s infamous blue skies

Freedom flight across Colorado’s infamous blue skies. It’s pretty tough to beat that deep blue above here in the Centennial State. However, when you throw in our nation’s emblem soaring with ease across it, the view just goes over the top. This fantastic bald eagle gave me a nice show this past weekend and makes for a great pic to share for Freedom Friday.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

A majestic Bald Eagle in the skies over Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A majestic Bald Eagle in the skies over Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Scraggly Mountain Bluebird hangs out in the playground

I always say I don’t take pics of little birds and I definitely do try to avoid ones that don’t look particularly pretty. However, this little one was so willing to pose, I couldn’t resist. I don’t know if it was just fluffed up in an odd way or perhaps molting but it wasn’t the typically pretty bluebird we expect to see. Taken in Estes Park, Colorado.

A Mountain Bluebird hangs out in Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Bluebird hangs out in Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

High country Bald Eagle makes off with breakfast

It was an absolutely awesome surprise to come across him and his mate recently in Estes Park, Colorado. The pair has a nest nearby and while I have occasionally seen them, I had never gotten good pics of them. On Saturday morning I was driving along and I spot one of them on a power pole and the other along a lake’s shoreline. After giving me a couple of fantastic flybys, this one goes and nabs a fish and gives me yet another flight sequence – this time with the fish in its talons and the Rocky Mountains serving as a backdrop. Fantastic!

A Bald Eagle in Estes Park, Colorado makes off with a fresh catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle in Estes Park, Colorado makes off with a fresh catch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Tower of gold

The leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park were a bit of a hit and miss affair this past weekend. While there were spots of gold, they were often interspersed with some trees that hadn’t changed at all. That kept me from capturing the sweeping landscapes of fall foliage that I was hoping for however, closer looks were quite nice.

Such was the case with this little grove of trees that had changed. Looking straight up the trunk of this tree you can see the canopy of yellow and of course those gorgeous, blue Colorado skies.

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It must be Monday when you want to beat your head on a post

It must be Monday when you want to beat your head on a post. 😀

Okay, that really isn’t the case here but you know we all oftentimes feel like that when the workweek starts. Taken a couple of weeks ago, this Mountain Goat opted to use a roadside marker as a scratching post. Pretty convenient when you don’t have the fingers to do it otherwise.

Certainly I hope your week is starting off well without the desire to hit your head on something. 😉

A Mountain Goat uses a roadside marker as a scratching post on Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat uses a roadside marker as a scratching post on Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle gets serious

Quite the look and pose, eh? Somewhat intimidating but in truth, this handsome fellow was just shaking himself off.

He is the male from a mated pair of eagles that hangs out near Longmont, Colorado. I spotted him in their usual favorite spot and while he gave me some nice poses like this one, there never was any real action. Myself and another photographer spent three hours waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

He however was quite content to pose in place, preen, shake and do just about anything except fly. Nevertheless, it was fun to get to spend some time with my absolute favorite form of wildlife.

A Bald Eagle strikes a serious pose. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle strikes a serious pose. (© Tony’s Takes)

Going down – via the express route!

Not a great quality pic as I was a good ways away when this little guy chose to head down the tree but a fun capture. I and a bunch of other shutterbugs were focused on much larger wildlife nearby. We all start hearing the sounds of things hitting the ground nearby and, looking up, tree branches are bouncing up and down. A closer look found this squirrel, picking pine cones off the tree, dropping them below and then, eventually, going down to gather them. Pretty clever and much easier than going up and down multiple times. 😉

A squirrel dives down a tree after dropping a bunch of pine cones to the ground.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A squirrel dives down a tree after dropping a bunch of pine cones to the ground. (© Tony’s Takes)

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