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Waves of clouds

While taking pictures of yesterday’s solar eclipse some clouds moved in obscuring the view right as it was nearing its maximum. These clouds in and of themselves proved to provide a pretty cool photo opportunity.

Called ‘KH Clouds’ or Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds , these take on a form resembling a series of ocean waves. Differences in wind velocities at two different layers of air cause these cool formations. You can read more about KH Clouds here.

Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Closeup of Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Closeup of Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild light: Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset

This image, ‘wild light’, was taken at sunset near Loveland, Colorado. As always the colors were absolutely stunning as the sun went down behind the Rocky Mountains.

What is equally cool is the clouds – notice their iridescence.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus clouds like these) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Iridescent clouds add rainbow colors to orange sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds

Driving home I saw a bald eagle in common perch along the South Platte. Despite the late afternoon low sun and the fact the eagle was back-lit pretty heavily, I decided to stop and, boy, am I glad I did.

As I prepared to take a few photos I noticed the iridescent clouds in the background.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

I had to brighten up the shadows a bit but all in all it was a nice shot.

February 12, 2014 - Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 12, 2014 – Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

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A bit of a treat on a cold morning as a sun dog appeared not long after the sun rose.  The area at my work doesn’t make for a particularly photogenic foreground but it was still fun to see and capture.

February 5, 2014 - Denver sun dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 5, 2014 – Denver sun dog. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Stunning sunset clouds

Sometimes Mother Nature brings the scenery and weather to you.  Such was the case this evening when as the sun set the clouds took on a brilliant orange color and were layered with waves in a stunning display.  Amazingly, this is looking east, away from the actual setting sun and has absolutely no color enhancement done to it – this is exactly how it looked.

January 3, 2014 - Stunning wave cloud at sunset in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 3, 2014 – Stunning wave cloud at sunset in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory

The United States flag flies proudly outside my house every day of the year.  On this morning, two days before Veterans Day, the sky was illuminated brilliant orange at sunrise and helped to light up Old Glory.

November 9, 2013 - Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory.  (© Tony’s Takes)

November 9, 2013 – Golden sunrise illuminates Old Glory. (© 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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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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Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains

Many folks find the Great Plains ‘boring’ and yes, it some ways they may be.  However I spend a great deal of time out there during the first part of summer and have learned to fully appreciate the landscape.  Sunsets can take on the most amazing and brilliant colors out there like they did on this day.

June 21, 2010 - Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 21, 2010 – Fiery sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Intimidating Nebraska shelf cloud

Southern Nebraska was the target for another storm chase.  No tornadoes to be seen today but more often that not, it is the storm structure that can make a great image.  This shelf cloud moving across the green pastures looking intimidating but was quite beautiful.

June 3, 2010 - Nebraska shelf cloud. (© Tony’s Takes)

June 3, 2010 – Nebraska shelf cloud. (© Tony’s Takes)

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