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Posing endangered Black-footed Ferret

Posing endangered Black-footed Ferret

Capturing pictures of an endangered species is exciting. Capturing images of one very rarely seen and once considered extinct is nothing short of thrilling. The Black-footed Ferret is a rarity on the Great Plains and the only ferret native to North America. Once numerous, the small animals were harvested for the fur trade. That, coupled with a loss of habitat and disease, resulted in a declining population and it was eventually declared extinct in 1979. Two years later, a small population ...

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Red-tailed Hawk focuses on the landing

Red-tailed Hawk focuses on the landing

This is probably my favorite image from a recent event I attended. Karma is a nine-year-old hawk that is used for falconry and educational purposes by Wild Wings Environmental Education. On this morning, just about everything came together perfectly for this shot - the golden light of the early morning sun, a dramatic sky in the background and of course the extraordinary subject. In the end, this is a capture that I am very proud of.

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Pit stop thunderstorm

Pit stop thunderstorm

On my recent trip to the northern Rockies, our first overnight stop was in northern Wyoming in the town of Kaycee. Soon after arriving as sunset grew close, thunderstorms started to build just to our east. This particular cell was quite beautiful as it was lit by the direct sunlight to the west and the shades or orange of the soon-to-come sunset. For a time it was severe warned as it was dropping golf ball sized hail - thankfully not ...

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A big, bad Bison bull in black and white

A big, bad Bison bull in black and white

Yesterday morning was a pretty dull, gray day with cold temperatures and light snow along the Colorado Front Range. That made for tough lighting and wildlife activity was pretty slow. However at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge I did find a few cooperative Bison including this big guy. Doing some post-processing of the image allowed me to add some drama to the image and I think it makes the big guy look pretty impressive (which he was!). I hope ...

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Osprey takes flight head on

Osprey takes flight head on

A very fun picture taken this past weekend at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado. There are a number of Osprey that spend their summers in the area and this was the male of a pair that is nesting within the park. He was happily perched in a tree near the nest when he decided it was time to go fishing. Thankfully I was ready and snapped this image as he headed right toward me. Due to the compression effect of using a ...

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A golden landscape with blue Colorado skies

Sunset at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge painted the landscape with a golden hue on this winter evening. Coupled with the typical, gorgeous blue Colorado skies, the image is warm and inviting.

January 27, 2013 - A golden landscape with blue Colorado skies.  (© Tony’s Takes)

January 27, 2013 – A golden landscape with blue Colorado skies. (© 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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A peaceful, colorful sunrise

Our for a morning walk in the north Denver area.  The sky was painted in pastel colors and a calm pond below reflected the trees and colors nicely.

December 12, 2010 - Peaceful, colorful sunrise. © Tony’s Takes

December 12, 2010 – Peaceful, colorful sunrise. © Tony’s Takes

Moon and cliff eclipse rock climbers

Out exploring in Pike National Forest I came across this scene with the rock formation and the half moon with dark blue skies above.  Amusingly enough, it wasn’t until after I took a few pictures that I noticed the rock climbers on the face of the cliff.

September 8, 2012 - Moon and cliff eclipse rock climbers.  (© Tony’s Takes)

September 8, 2012 – Moon and cliff eclipse rock climbers. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Late summer sunset

Sometimes you don’t have to go any further than your backyard to capture Colorado’s amazing sunsets.

September 3, 2012 - Another colorful Colorado Sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

September 3, 2012 – Another colorful Colorado Sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

All that is left

Colorado is steeped in mining history and this image captures the remnants of one near Taylor Park. The Collegiate Peaks rise well above timberline in the background with the old mine equipment serving as the foreground.

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July 25, 2012 – All that is left. (© Tony’s Takes)

July 25, 2012 – All that is left. (© 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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