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Cool morning clouds

The sunrise itself on this particular day last week wasn’t anything to write home about. However, looking toward the north, the clouds were kind of dramatic with just a hint of color on the horizon. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A pleasant morning scene on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pleasant morning scene on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Grasses frame the sunrise on the Great Plains

While daytime temperatures in northeastern Colorado were relatively mild yesterday, as the sun was coming up it was a bone-chilling 7 degrees. I really did not want to get out of my toasty, warm truck but as I saw this scene unfolding I had no choice.

A notable lack of clouds had me thinking the sunrise was going to be a dud but I was soon proven wrong. The golden orb coming up over the horizon bathed the water of Jackson Lake State Park in orange and the hint of fog / steam coming off the lake looked ethereal.

Since there weren’t any clouds above to highlight I opted for a panoramic crop of this one and think it came out pretty nice.

Grasses frame a sunrise across Jackson Lake State Park in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Grasses frame a sunrise across Jackson Lake State Park in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise brings to mind sailor’s warning

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” I can’t help but think of that old saying this evening – I am a sailor after all. 😉

The sunrise on the Colorado Front Range this morning was amazing as always. Those gorgeous colored clouds and sky coupled with the frozen pond below were awesome.

However, Mother Nature is apparently set to deliver a potent storm on us tonight and tomorrow so I am of course, taking warning.

A beautiful sunrise on a cold, winter's morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise on a cold, winter’s morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Amber grasses at sunrise

This was on an extremely cold December morning on Colorado’s Great Plains. I was at Jackson Lake State Park primarily in search of eagles but as the sun began to crest the horizon and cast its golden light, I couldn’t help but divert and capture the scene.

A light frost had coated the grass helping to make it really shimmer. I then used a bit of a photographic ‘trick’ then allowed me to turn that rising sun into a bursting light.

This really is a cool technique and very easy for those that want to try. Simply stop your shot down as much as possible – something like f/22. The result is the ‘starburst’ effect you see here. It works best if the sun is somewhat obscured like through grass or leaves on a tree.

More of my landscape images here.

A starburst of the rising sun behind grasses on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A starburst of the rising sun behind grasses on the Colorado plains. (© 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.

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 like this. 😉

A beautiful sunrise looking north with reflections on the ice and water of a pond.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise looking north with reflections on the ice and water of a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden orb on the horizon

Not many clouds this morning to make for an extraordinary sunrise but it was definitely golden and pretty unto into own right.

The sun rises about the horizon east of Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises about the horizon east of Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Orange and blue to start the day

If the team was doing worth a darn, I probably would have called this a ‘Broncos sunrise’ since it was taken on a game day. That, unfortunately, is not the case and while the view did feature the team colors, it sure did not portend a victory. 🙁 Nevertheless, the scene was beautiful with the clouds on the horizon blazing orange and that deep blue, Colorado sky above just beginning to get illuminated. More landscape images here.

The sun rises on the plains of Colorado casting the clouds in orange and the sky blue. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises on the plains of Colorado casting the clouds in orange and the sky blue. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bone-chilling cold landscape

I was pleased to find this image of mine included in Colorado Outdoors magazine’s 2017 photo issue. Taken at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado back in January, it was indeed one very cold morning. However, all that ice and a subdued sunrise made for some nice pics that morning, even if it was 17 degrees and windy at the time. 😉

I had hoped one of my wildlife shots would make the cut for the magazine this year but no such luck. That’s okay, I am flattered to have this one in there and it gives me something to shoot for next year.

Image available here.

The sun rises over a frozen lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises over a frozen lake on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Ordinary” sunrise reflections

The early morning show this past Saturday was relatively pedestrian as far as sunrises go on the Colorado plains. The views are often extraordinary with the orange stretching from the horizon to above your head.

On this morning, there weren’t many clouds to be lit up so the effect of the rising sun was somewhat limited. To help compensate for that, I opted for a nice foreground. The reflection on the waters of the lake, while not glass smooth did provide a nice accent below the horizon to what was above.

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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