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Sunrise in suburbia

Lacking motivation to go far for photos one day last week, I made a last minute decision to stick close to home. That turned out to be a good thing as I was able to capture a gorgeous sunrise just a few miles from home. At the lower elevations of Colorado, stunning sunrises and sunsets are more common than not and it is easy to take them for granted.

Sunrise in the suburbs north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise in the suburbs north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A glorious view top to bottom

Boy, I could almost flip this image and you wouldn’t know. That sunrise reflection on the water is pretty darned close to a perfect mirror of what lies above. Last week I took a day off to go do some critter viewing. That part of the day did not go so well as once the sun rose it was overcast and animals were elusive.

However, the one saving grace was the way the day started – with this amazing scene on Colorado’s Great Plains. That was topped by the fact I was with my photo buddy, my son, who made sure to remind me when we were viewing this to put the camera down for a while and just take the scene in. A wise young man he is.

A fantastic sunrise above reflects on calm lake water below. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fantastic sunrise above reflects on calm lake water below. (© Tony’s Takes)

Stunning sunrise on the Great Plains

My photo excursion on this day didn’t pan out quite as I wanted with worthwhile targets proving to be elusive. The one saving grace was the way the day started – with this amazing scene as the sun began to creep over the horizon.

The brilliant yellows, oranges and reds above would have been cool enough but throw in the same thing reflected on the calm waters of a lake and it was pretty awesome. Here in Colorado the mountains get most of the press but I have seen far more stunning sunrises and sunsets at the lower altitudes to the east.

A stunning sunrise on the Colorado plains as seen from Jackson Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A stunning sunrise on the Colorado plains as seen from Jackson Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fire and ice on the Colorado plains

Air temperatures just below freezing, wind chills near zero. Not a particularly hospitable morning when I captured this scene a couple of weeks ago. However, it was absolutely gorgeous and I relished standing there and watching the sun rise over the frozen lake. Average temperatures here are starting to warm up and that ice will gradually begin receding. In another month or so it should be relatively ice-free and then it becomes a haven for a wide variety of birds.

Fire and ice: The sun rises above an ice covered lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fire and ice: The sun rises above an ice covered lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Just another gorgeous Colorado sunrise

No, it wasn’t blazing orange like many of the sunrises we get here but I found it no less beautiful. The pastel colors on the horizon giving way to the deep blues of the still dim sky above had a subtle elegance unto itself. Taken this past Sunday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A pastel colored sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pastel colored sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden Great Plains sunrise

One of the first few pictures I took this new year. While waiting for the golden rays to illuminate any nearby critters, I stopped and soaked in the gorgeous scene unfolding to my east. As the sun crested the hill, it lit of the grasses and mullein plants making for a pretty scene right at the first dawn of 2017.

A winter sunrise is seen through grass and mullein plants.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A winter sunrise is seen through grass and mullein plants. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise of orange and blue

I figured those colors were a good omen for tonight’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. 😉

My son and I were up and at ’em before the sun this morning as usual and ended up at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. There, on the shores of Lake Ladora, we watched a beautiful sunrise unfold. Here in #Colorado we almost take these scenes for granted as more often than not, our days begin and end with this kind of beauty. Go Broncos!

A beautiful sunrise with reflections on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise with reflections on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden sunrise, golden leaves

This is one from a month ago that I kept forgetting to share. Taken early one morning at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous – as they oftentimes are on the Great Plains – and the golden light illuminated the fall colors of a roadside cottonwood tree. It all made for a very pretty scene.

Sunrise on the Great Plains illuminates the sky and the landscape. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise on the Great Plains illuminates the sky and the landscape. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunburst on the Great Plains

It’s a new workweek and what better way to start it then with a beautiful image of dawn. Many of the leaves of this tree had already been claimed by the change of seasons but there were a few still holding on strong.

Aided by the golden light from the rising sun, the leaves seemed to glow. That same light lit up the wild grasses and illuminated the horizon in oranges and yellows. Up above, the gorgeous blue skies that Colorado is famous for. By using a small lens aperture (f/16), the ‘star burst’ effect is created.

Have a great week!

As the sun begins to clear the horizon at sunrise, it illuminates a lone tree on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

As the sun begins to clear the horizon at sunrise, it illuminates a lone tree on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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