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Coyote on the hunt for breakfast

Coyote on the hunt for breakfast

Such a pretty lady, eh? She looked absolutely stunning as she hunted the fields in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park this past Sunday. It seems like if I see coyotes in the park, this is usually the spot. The ones there seem quite comfortable with the humans that intrude on their domain and oftentimes just go about their business, ignoring the interlopers. This particular one was clearly looking for a meal, at one point stopping and listening ...

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Bison graze at ease along the Madison River

Bison graze at ease along the Madison River

This beautiful scene kickstarted our visit to Yellowstone National Park last month. Winter had been harsh up there with a great deal of snowfall and the spring was a wet one. However, all that moisture made for a lush, green landscape and rivers flowing full and quick. Soon after arrival we set out for a quick exploration trip and found a herd of bison grazing along the banks of the river. Above, a cloud-dotted sky with spots of bright blue peering ...

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The intense focus of a raptor

The intense focus of a raptor

While raptors like this Red-tailed Hawk are certainly gorgeous, they are also ferocious predators. With the right look, they can look quite pretty but at the same time be downright intimidating as this pretty lady appears in this capture. Karma is a captive bird, used for falconry and education. A few weeks ago I and my son got the opportunity to spend a lot of time photographing her and some other raptors up close and personal. Found across all of North America, Red-tailed ...

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The master of the deep forest

The master of the deep forest

Rumor had it that the Moose in my favorite area had finally returned after spending the past month or so at higher altitude. The weather looked iffy at best but I could not resist at least making an attempt to see them Sunday. At 10,000+ feet in altitude I knew it would be cold and fresh snow had fallen. There was some welcome sun initially but soon the clouds descended bringing a thick fog and snow began to fall again. It ...

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Barn Owl owlet puts on a show

Barn Owl owlet puts on a show

Such a ham. While its siblings remained hidden in the next within the tree cavity, this little one seemed to revel in the attention myself and a half dozen other photographers gave him a few weeks ago. Three times he scampered out of the nest, and then back in, climbing around and putting on a display each time. It was undoubtedly a bit cramped down in the home so this particular time it chose to stretch its wings above its head. ...

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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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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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