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Bison, deer and the Flatirons

One for Tatanka Tuesday! Taken this past weekend, some of the Bison herd at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado were a good ways out across the prairie.

The skies were kind of dim but also slightly dramatic and best of all, conditions were extraordinarily clear with no ground level haze. This afforded a fantastic view of the Flatirons near Boulder with those dramatic skies above. In the foreground, the Bison and even a couple of deer.

In the end, I am pretty pleased with this image.

Bison graze on the Colorado Front Range plains while in the background are the Flatirons near Boulder. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bison graze on the Colorado Front Range plains while in the background are the Flatirons near Boulder. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic skies over the snow-capped Tetons

You might think this is a current picture given the weather conditions that seem to be taking place but in fact was taken last June. It was late spring but following a winter that saw extraordinary amounts of snow, there was still plenty of the white stuff up at altitude. In fact, just two days prior to this picture being taken we had woken up to falling snow just north of this spot in Yellowstone.

The Rocky Mountains are impressive just about anywhere but, in the Tetons, the peaks are just a step above most of the rest. They are a lot rougher and more jagged than most of the mountains here in the Colorado and to me, just look really darned cool.

Dramatic clouds shroud the snow covered Tetons in Wyoming. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds shroud the snow covered Tetons in Wyoming. (© Tony’s Takes)

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.

Silvery and dramatic high altitude clouds

It was a pretty darned chilly evening around the campsite on the last day of September and in some ways I wanted to be inside. I could not however ignore the show unfolding outside. Wave clouds had setup over the mountain peaks to our east and they had this amazing silver color to them. I had hoped that sunset would color them orange but that never materialized. As is though, they were pretty awesome looking. Taken near Estes Park, Colorado.

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainbow caps off the season’s camping

A nice little scene following an afternoon thunderstorm at our campsite in Estes Park, Colorado this past Friday. In the wake of the storm, the sun reappeared to the west and to the east a good-looking rainbow appeared. This weekend pretty much puts a wrap on our camping season which is always a bit of a bummer. We will be anxiously awaiting that first trip of the spring! Only six months to go or so. 😉

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates one of the first high country snows of the season

For a brief time Sunday morning, the sun made a much desired appearance in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. About an inch of the white stuff had fallen overnight and the cold was keeping visitors away. That was perfectly fine with me as I got to enjoy an amazingly quiet and peaceful morning taking in this scene.

As the sun crested the horizon it illuminated Mount Audubon (right) and the adjacent peaks with its golden light. Low clouds clung to the mountaintops and bits of that gorgeous Colorado blue sky appeared.

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pastel sunrise colors and a silhouetted mountain

I had hoped there would be a very large mammal in those waters when I visited Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. That was not to be and while the sunrise wasn’t anything particularly extraordinary, it was pretty nonetheless.

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

First look at the fall colors in Colorado’s high country

Taken along Old Fall River Road about half way between the base and top. In this particular area, it was a bit hit or miss (more miss really) as to finding fall foliage this past weekend. However, the higher you went, the better your chances.

Many locations, particularly those above 9,000 feet, in the state’s high country will peak this coming weekend. If you’re planning to view the show, this will be the primary weekend to do it – I know I will be up there!

If you are in the Centennial State and not sure where to go, I offer up some thoughts on my weather website here.

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A sign of the change of seasons

Quite a day yesterday in Rocky Mountain National Park… Not long after I took this I was wanting to head back down to the east side of the park where we were camped but they closed Trail Ridge Road literally 30 seconds before I was there.

With the rest of my family down below and the rangers being unsure as to when the road would open, I ended up taking the long way around – a three and a half hour diversion. Ugh!

I reckon on the plus side for my readers is that I do have some cool pics to share this week. 😉

Smooth flowing waters of Chicago Creek

This is a spot that a lot of folks go by as they head up to Mount Evans, Colorado. I suspect many just blow right by and never even notice it but it is worth a quick stop. The waters of the creek flow down toward the road and early in the morning the thick forest provides for some nice lighting. Using a neutral density filter allowed me to use a very slow shutterspeed to blur the waters and give them their smooth appearance.

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

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