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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 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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Eerie red cloud in the winter sky

Simply a ‘picture of opportunity.’  I was letting the dogs out when I see this stunning scene unfolding.  No color enhancement at all was applied to this image.  The sky was truly this deep of a red and the cloud formation looked exactly like that.  Perhaps an alien invasion?  😉

January 5, 2012 - Eerie red cloud in the winter sky.  (© Tony’s Takes)

January 5, 2012 – Eerie red cloud in the winter sky. (© Tony’s Takes)

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The presidents’ sunset

The Black Hills of South Dakota are one of my favorite places.  Certainly there are plenty of tourist attractions but the scenery can be stunning.

The image below was taken just as the sun was setting on my first nighttime visit to Mount Rushmore.  Smoke from nearby wildfires helped to color the sky and is particularly noticeable at the bottom left of the image.

July 18, 2011 - The presidents' sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

July 18, 2011 – The presidents’ sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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The sun will rise again

A photo that has special meaning for me. Taken on a record-setting cold morning in Elephant Butte, New Mexico, this was the day after my dad passed away. I was raw with emotion and incredibly depressed as I left the hotel that morning to gather with my family. The scene of the sun rising was one which I will never forget and I well remember telling myself, “Well look. The sun did rise again.”  I miss my dad so much to this day but his memory and the memory of this scene help.

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February 4, 2011 – The sun will rise again. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 4, 2011 – The sun will rise again. (© Tony’s Takes)

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