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Sunrise on the South Platte River

That Denver Broncos game today had me worried but given the gorgeous orange and blue sunrise that started the day, I reckon there was nothing to worry about as it was clearly an omen. 😉 The slow, smooth waters of the river worked out great and gave a beautiful reflection. Special thanks to my friend Ed who invited me out. Taken in Thornton, Colorado.

The calm waters of the South Platte River cast a perfect reflection of an amazing sunrise.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The calm waters of the South Platte River cast a perfect reflection of an amazing sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

New energy sunrise

Something a bit different. The sun rises behind a fracking site in Weld County, Colorado this past Friday. While controversial, fracking is the primary reason we are experiencing lower oil and gas costs and has been responsible for decreasing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.

A sunset of reds and oranges illuminates the sky behind a fracking well in Weld County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A sunset of reds and oranges illuminates the sky behind a fracking well in Weld County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mile High City sunrise

Urban photography really isn’t my thing but early yesterday morning I found myself in a good spot to capture what was a gorgeous ? sunrise . Brilliant red clouds, deep blue skies and the distinctive skyline of Denver , Colorado made for a very nice scene. Being a Denver-area native I can’t help but be struck by how much the #cityscape has changed over the decades.

The sunrise paints the clouds red over Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sunrise paints the clouds red over Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Cloud-shrouded Longs Peak at sunrise

If you have been to or live in Colorado, you have undoubtedly seen the extraordinary mountain that is Longs Peak.  There is arguably no more recognizable, photogenic mountain in the entire Centennial State.  

One of 53 “14’ers” in the state, this 14,259 foot tall peak is imposing and beautiful.  It bears the name of Major Stephen Harriman Long, leader of an 1820 government sponsored expedition who noted the mountain from the plains but never climbed it.  The survey party of John Wesley Powell was the first to record summiting Longs Peak in 1868.  

This image was taken earlier this month on a cold morning when the mountain’s top was intermittently shrouded in clouds. 

Colorado's Longs Peak is shrouded in clouds at sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

Colorado’s Longs Peak is shrouded in clouds at sunrise. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hawaiian sunrise as seen from the deck of an aircraft carrier

Happy 239th Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Please forgive the quality as this comes from an old negative that was scanned. Image taken at sunrise on August 29, 1995 aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) off the coast of Waikiki, Hawaii.

The ship and its air wing (I was attached to VS-35, the Blue Wolves) were taking part in training exercises and ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

By far the most memorable part of the short deployment was 11 WWII era warbirds that made the trip with us and actually launched from the deck of the carrier soon after this picture was taken. You can see some of those old planes toward the bottom right in the image.

The event was an amazing reminder of the heritage of the U.S. Navy and its importance to the nation and the world over the past two and a half centuries. GO NAVY!

Sunrise as seen from the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in August 1995 off the coast of Hawaii.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise as seen from the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in August 1995 off the coast of Hawaii. (© Tony’s Takes)

Brilliant Colorado sunrise

Taken back in May just outside #Denver, #sunrise on this morning was absolutely gorgeous. Scenes like this are quite common here – something which we oftentimes don’t take time to enjoy. But, when we do slow down and look, we are aptly rewarded.

Sunrise in Adams County, Colorado in May 2014. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise in Adams County, Colorado in May 2014. (© Tony’s Takes)

Winter sunrise reflections

Going back a few years for Throwback Thursday to December 12, 2010. It was a calm morning in Thornton, Colorado but also quite cold with temperatures in the teens. A friend and I met to walk along the South Platte River and take pictures. We were treated to a gorgeous #sunrise which was reflected almost perfectly in a pond’s surface. It was worth braving the cold to see this!

A brilliant orange and red sunrise is reflected on the calm waters of a pond.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A brilliant orange and red sunrise is reflected on the calm waters of a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)