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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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A Very Curious Least Chipmunk

Taken on August 11, 2014 on top of Montgomery Pass in Colorado State Forest State Park. This little guy was most intrigued by the presence of visitors on its mountain.

 

A least chipmunk in Colorado State Forest State Park investigates the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A least chipmunk in Colorado State Forest State Park investigates the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise at 14,265 feet

Taken on top of Mount Evans, Colorado this past Sunday morning. We weathered 40° temperatures with 40 mph winds as the sun rose – it was SO worth it!

Mount Evans is the 12th tallest of 53 ‘fourteeners’ in the Centennial State. Did you know Colorado has the majority of peaks in the contiguous United States over 14,000 feet?

Sunrise as seen from Mount Evans, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise as seen from Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Marmot warming up with the sunrise

Taken on Mount Evans (Colorado) yesterday morning when the temperature was 40° and the wind howling at 40 mph. This little guy seemed pretty happy to have the sun out.

Sometimes called a ‘rock chuck,’ the yellow-bellied marmots are actually part of the squirrel family.

A Yellow-Bellied Marmot warms itself in the sun soon after dawn on Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Yellow-Bellied Marmot warms itself in the sun soon after dawn on Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mountain Goat wise guy

Taken yesterday, August 18, 2014, atop Colorado’s 14,265 foot Mount Evans right as the sun was coming up. The resident Mountain Goat herd provided some outstanding #photo opportunities, some of which were pretty amusing.

Clearly this one was showing what it thought about having its picture taken. 😉

A Mountain Goat on Colorado's Mount Evans sticks its tongue out at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat on Colorado’s Mount Evans sticks its tongue out at the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mountain Goat surveys its domain from on high

A mountain goat surveys its domain from atop Mount Evans, Colorado this morning.

It was facing into the morning sun while standing on the remains of the Crest House, an old restaurant at the 14,265 foot summit that burned down in 1979 and was never rebuilt.

A Mountain Goat looks down from the peak of Mount Evans, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat looks down from the peak of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

What are you doing on my mountain?

This Mountain Goat was pretty interested in me this morning atop 14,265 foot high Mount Evans, Colorado.

We arrived right before dawn and were greeted by 40° temperatures and 40 mph winds. It was well worth it though. A gorgeous sunrise, the view from up high, the mountain goats and marmots were all prime features.

A curious Mountain Goat on Colorado's Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

A curious Mountain Goat on Colorado’s Mount Evans. (© Tony’s Takes)

Posing Hummingbird

It takes a lot of luck to capture these fast-movers in flight, let alone in a pose like this. This Rufous Hummingbird in Colorado State Forest State Park was kind enough to give me a chance for some nice shots.  The low, bright evening sun allowed me to use a high shutter speed (1/3200) to help freeze the action.

A Rufous Hummingbird seems to be posing for its picture in Colorado State Forest State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Rufous Hummingbird seems to be posing for its picture in Colorado State Forest State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blue skies and golden sunflowers

A beautiful morning here in Colorado and on the plains the sunflowers are in full bloom. Accented with our deep, blue skies, it is a gorgeous scene.

Scroll down below the main photo for the complete collection from this morning’s photo shoot.

Golden sunflowers beneath brilliant blue skies on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden sunflowers beneath brilliant blue skies on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hummingbirds: Fight’s on!

Military pilots initiate sessions of head-to-head aerial combat training with that simple phrase. It seems appropriate for this picture of two hummingbirds who are about to begin a duel over who maintains control of a local area.

Captured Sunday in Pike National Forest (Colorado), these two went at it dodging and darting with each trying to gain the upper hand and drive the other off. Lots of fun to watch, very hard to follow and get a picture of.

Two hummingbirds perform in an aerial duel in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two hummingbirds perform in an aerial duel in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird in flight

Of the dozens of hummingbirds from this past week in Colorado State Forest State Park, this guy was the most elusive. He was clearly a master of the ‘dine and dash’ routine as he would come in to the feeder for a quick snack and head out just as fast. I managed just a few shots of the colorful fellow.

A male Broad-Tailed Hummingbird in Flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Broad-Tailed Hummingbird in Flight. (© Tony’s Takes)