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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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“And this is what I think of wildlife photographers.”

“And this is what I think of wildlife photographers.” I recent happened across a Coyote that appeared to have a bit of a sense of humor. It ran across the road not far in front of me and as I came to a stop to take pictures of it, it seemed to want to give me a sense of how it felt about having its photograph taken. Thankfully most of my subjects don’t feel the same. 😉

A Coyote displays a unique way of showing its disdain for having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote displays a unique way of showing its disdain for having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pronghorn in a post-Christmas snow

The temperature on my truck thermometer said it was 8 degrees when I snapped this image the day after Christmas. That certainly did not make me anxious to leave the warm environs but when a friend texted me to tell me about this herd of speed-demons nearby, I had to go.

Thankfully, unlike usual, they weren’t in too big of a rush to race away and gave me time to hop out and snap a few images. They looked absolutely gorgeous against the fresh snow.

A herd of Pronghorn keeps watch while in a field with fresh snow. (© Tony’s Takes)

A herd of Pronghorn keeps watch while in a field with fresh snow. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle flies into the New Year

Well yes, of course I am going to start out 2018 with a picture of my favorite creature. 😉 I happened across this gorgeous young eagle not too far from home the day after Christmas. Temperatures were in the single digits and I wasn’t too thrilled about having to walk a good ways to get a good view. Nevertheless, I did and it was kind enough to reward me with some nice poses and this great flyby showcasing its impressive wingspan.

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Photo event of the year – the Great American Eclipse

The last of my annual recap slideshows with what I consider to be my photo event of the year.

My brother and I made plans to be in the path of totality three years ago. In the month or so leading up to it, I read and practiced as much as I could about how best to photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event.

With totality only last two minutes or so, I couldn’t afford to screw up! 😉 Thankfully, all that preparation paid off and I captured some great pics (IMHO) of this celestial event from start to finish.

I don’t know what the new year will hold for photographic opportunities but I don’t expect it will be able to top this. Happy New Year, everyone!

Video slideshow: Wildlife top shots 2017

We share this planet with some pretty darned amazing creatures and I am blessed to live in a place where wildlife is abundant and easily accessible.

This past year I was able to photograph animals large and small, all impressive in their own right. From North America’s rarest mammal, the small but ferocious Black Footed Ferret, to the massive Grizzly Bear, I’ve captured images of dozens of species, all wondrous in their own right. This video slideshow provides a look back at my favorite images and wildlife encounters from 2017. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Happy New Year to you all! If you love wildlife as I do, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

Video slideshow: Bald Eagle top shots 2017

As most everyone knows, these majestic creatures are my love and passion. I spend more time photographing Bald Eagles than any other creature and simply cannot get enough of them.

This past year I was fortunate to have captured images of dozens of them, most notably I documented two nest sites that both successfully fledged young. Here are my top shots of these raptors from the past year.

I hope you enjoy these captures of our national emblem as much as I did taking them. If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

Video slideshow: Landscape top shots 2017

From high altitude mountain scenes to the relatively flat Great Plains, my travels this year allowed me to view and capture a wide variety of scenery.

For the most part I stuck relatively close to home in Colorado other than a late spring trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. Nevertheless, I was able to take in the splendor of a wide variety of scenes, each one of which I am extremely grateful for having been able to witness.

I hope you enjoy the views as much as I did. If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

Video slideshow: Top raptor captures of 2017

Nine species of hawks, five types of falcons, three types of owls and two different eagle species were among the birds of prey documented by my camera over the past year. This video slideshow puts together my favorite raptor images from the past year.

From the small but fierce American Kestrel to the massive Golden Eagle, they are all in here. I am truly privileged to have been able to see these magnificent creatures and capture images of them.

I hope you enjoy the show and keep an eye out for more in the coming days as I take a look back at my favorite captures from 2017.  If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

Moon creates the ultimate starburst effect

I’ve been working on my end of the year photo slideshows and in doing so have found some pretty cool pics I have never shared. This is one of them, dating back to August 21 during the total solar eclipse.

I had two cameras going at the time, the primary one was zoomed in on the big event and you probably have seen those images (if not, see here). The other camera I handheld and just grabbed some random shots during the celestial event.

This was taken just as totality was ending and the sun was emerging from behind the moon. You get a nice look at the corona and a very cool starburst effect.

If you want to memorialize this extraordinary event, I have prints available of my eclipse pictures in a wide variety of sizes and formats. Just let me know what you are looking for.

The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during the 2017 total solar eclipse.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during the 2017 total solar eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

A mighty cold winter scene along the Colorado Front Range

A taste of the Arctic for us today as cold air refused to move out and left us with some pretty darned cold temperatures. The so-called “high” temperature at my house not far from here was 11 degrees. That does not make this photographer want to venture far from his truck to say the least!

This image was taken at Barr Lake State Park as light snow fell in the late morning and clung to the trees. I did walk around some, but it didn’t take long before my fingers were telling me I better get inside the warmth! 😉

Hoar frost and snow coat the landscape at Colorado's Barr Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Hoar frost and snow coat the landscape at Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)