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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)

Wide panorama of a glorious sunrise on the Great Plains

It was an absolutely beautiful morning northeast of Denver. My primary goal had been to get pictures of the setting supermoon but it was so warm that distortion from the heat yielded less than stellar pictures. Thankfully, in the opposite direction, Mother Nature was putting on an amazing show.

This is a series of seven images stitched together covering about 170 degrees. Click the image for a larger view and a better look at it. It was truly amazing and demonstrates why I always say that some folks may find this flat land boring but I find it awesome.

Panorama of a beautiful sunrise on Colorado's plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Panorama of a beautiful sunrise on Colorado’s plains. Click for a larger view. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pre-dawn light colors Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

It was an absolutely beautiful morning on the Great Plains today with unseasonably warm temperatures and calm conditions. Looking toward the sunrise the view was ‘just okay’ but not overly impressive. However, turning west toward our mountains it was beautiful. The rising sun colored the mountains and clouds in shades of red. There was a monstrous wave cloud above , the snow-capped peaks below and fall colors in the foreground.

The rising sun colors the clouds and mountains in pastels with fall colors below. (© Tony’s Takes)

The rising sun colors the clouds and mountains in pastels with fall colors below. (© Tony’s Takes)

An orange and blue sunrise in honor of the Denver Broncos

The World Champions take on the Carolina Panthers tonight in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. All of Broncos Country will be cheering on our team tonight hoping for a similar outcome.

This particular image was taken back on March 5 at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado and is one of my favorite landscapes. The stunning colors of the sunrise, calm waters with the reflection and the crescent moon above made for a breathtaking scene.

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A beautiful sunrise and reflection the Colorado plains at Jackson Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A beautiful sunrise and reflection the Colorado plains at Jackson Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunflowers watch the sunrise

Taken Sunday morning out near Denver International Airport. The rising sun lit up the clouds in shades of red and orange with the always beautiful, blue Colorado sky in the background. On ground level, the flowers in this field were starting to get their first taste of the morning warmth and their edges lit up by the increasing light.

Sunrise illuminates the sky on the Great Plains with sunflowers on the ground below.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates the sky on the Great Plains with sunflowers on the ground below. (© Tony’s Takes)

A high altitude sunrise

The view as you drive the road up Colorado’s 14,265 foot high Mount Evans is impressive any time of day. At dawn it is especially so though as the eastern sky is oftentimes lit up in a myriad of colors, as it was on one morning last month.

The sunrises in the east as seen from the climb up Mount Evans, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sunrises in the east as seen from the climb up Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise at Swiftcurrent Falls

While the family slept in (I have to allow that every now and then to keep the peace – haha), I headed off solo to scout out the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Montana. This area is not visited near as often as some of the other, more popular areas in the park but it can certainly hold its own in terms of beauty. Wildlife was scarce but the sunrise and scenery were amazing.

I had been focused on the west, watching the rising sun illuminate some of the mountains near Swiftcurrent Lake. While that scene was indeed beautiful, turning around found an even better view. The sun was rising and illuminating the creek, waterfall and landscape in its golden light.

I snapped a few pictures, including this one, then put the camera down and just stood there, soaking in the sun’s rays, the sounds of the rushing water and appreciating the stunning scene before me. It was just kind of one of those ‘moments’ in your life that you just can’t help but remember for a very, very long time.

The sun rises on Swiftcurrent Falls in Glacier National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises on Swiftcurrent Falls in Glacier National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Old Glory at sunrise

I may be old fashioned but when I see our nation’s colors flying, I can’t help but get a patriotic feeling. I think back to the places that flag has been, the things it has seen, the hope it brings to people across the world and of course the men and women who have sworn their allegiance to it and served under it.

Throw in a typically gorgeous Colorado sunrise and have that flag flying at Fort Logan National Cemetery and your heart skips a beat. My dad is interred there, as are thousands of others, and while each visit is special, moments like this one this past Saturday make it just a bit more special and poignant.

The United States flag is backlit by a beautiful sunrise at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The United States flag is backlit by a beautiful sunrise at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dawn’s early light shines brilliantly

I was just heading out the door for my usual weekend photo drive last weekend when I noticed the sunrise that was quickly unfolding. Time was short though and I was worried I was going to miss the moment as things were evolving quickly.

I rushed to the nearest open space and managed a few quick pictures just as the sun was coming over the horizon. A brilliant ‘star burst’ coupled with the orange horizon and deep blue skies above made for a very pleasing scene.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A gorgeous sunrise as seen from Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gorgeous sunrise as seen from Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)