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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 bright waxing gibbous moon

Clear Colorado skies provide a nice shot of the waxing gibbous moon tonight.  I always tell folks, you don’t need to spend a lot of money for a camera that takes great pictures and this is an example.

I didn’t want to break out my digital SLR so instead just grabbed my ‘superzoom’ point and shoot – a Canon SX50 IS.  It is a bit of a higher end point and shoot but illustrates that a decent, ‘normal’ camera can allow anyone to get some pretty darned cool pictures (far better than a cell phone camera).

A bright waxing gibbous moon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bright waxing gibbous moon. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the farm

Unseasonably warm temperatures on this early spring evening made for a prime opportunity to get out and take some pictures.  I actually came to this location to get images of great blue heron’s nearby but got there a bit late and the lighting was horrible.  Instead I turned my gaze to the west.  This taken at Metzger Farm in Westminster, Colorado.

Sunset on the farm. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the farm. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rocky Mountain sunset of orange and blue

A gorgeous Rocky Mountain sunset. It isn’t too often I go take pictures in the evening (family comes first) but tonight I was able to and I was rewarded. Mother Nature put on a gorgeous show with a fiery sunset, beautiful clouds and the Colorado blue skies.

Fire on the horizon, cold blue above at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fire on the horizon, cold blue above at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Look hoooo I found

Checking out a nearby Great Horned Owl’s nest I captured Dad out for a morning flight yesterday. He is pretty elusive and doesn’t want to let you get close but at least gave me a couple nice flybys.

As for the nest, Mama was in it with at least a couple owlets. Unfortunately the nest is quite high in a tree and difficult to get decent pictures of. As the owlets get bigger they will start venturing to the edge of the nest and I can hopefully get some better shots then.

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A male Great Horned Owl takes flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Great Horned Owl takes flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gorgeous Sunday sunrise

Out and about this morning looking for Great Horned Owls my focus was for a time on the east as the sun rose.  Beautiful sunrises and sunsets are a near daily occurrence in Colorado and this one was no different.

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Colorful Sunday sunrise.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Colorful Sunday sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Woody the Woodpecker sighting

I took a drive this morning and while it was lacking in drama (i.e. raptors), it was not entirely fruitless.  Along a bike bath in suburban Denver I saw this guy – a Northern Flicker.

The flicker is actually one of the bigger woodpeckers and one of the few that migrate but do live year-round in much of the Lower 48.  They spend a good bit of time on the ground looking for worms and grubs.  Read more at All About Birds.

Northern Flicker.  Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Northern Flicker. Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hawk quest (and a few other critters)

My son and I headed out this morning for a quick photo tour of some of our usual haunts.  This included the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.

At the Arsenal it was pretty much standard fare with the bison being the most notable.  Just to the north we came across a hawk that was kind enough to give us a few very nice flybys.

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A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Boulder, Colorado farm photo trip

Visiting an old farm in Boulder, Colorado today for photos but actually I wasn’t to be the photographer.  Instead, the family was having their pictures taken.  Nevertheless, I had to bring my camera and snap a few shots.

Old farms remind me very much of my grandparents’ farm and I love taking pictures of them.  The gnarled textures and bright but worn colors make great subjects.  As a bonus there were some nice looking lenticular clouds on the way back.

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March 29, 2014 - This 'stickers' had an amazing amount of detail. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 29, 2014 – This ‘stickers’ had an amazing amount of detail. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Why you need a UV / haze filter on your DSLR lenses

“They say” you should have a UV / haze filter on your lenses to protect them from damage as much as for any other reason. I have always used them but at times wondered if it was worth it. Now I know.

Getting out of my truck one day I dropped my camera bag. Since my camera and bigger lens were around my neck I didn’t think too much about it. Last week I swapped to the lens in the picture below which was in my bag when I dropped it.

When I got home and downloaded the images I noticed strange ‘ghost’ lines on the images. Inspecting the lens I found the filter cracked severely.

Made a believer in protective filters out of me!

If you use DSLRs, be sure you have a UV / haze filter on there. A $30.00 filter is far more tolerable to replace than a $200.00 lens.

Even though in a bag, the filter on this lens was broken when the bag was dropped.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Even though in a bag, the filter on this lens was broken when the bag was dropped. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagles put on a spring-time air show

After a couple of weeks without much luck getting decent shots of bald eagles despite multiple trips and many miles driven , I was getting frustrated.   Perseverance finally paid off though as I found a pair willing to put on quite a show.  

With a storm rolling in the lighting wasn’t great due to the overcast skies but I am not complaining (too much). 😉

March 26, 2014 - A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 26, 2014 – A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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