Not my highest quality captures due to the long range but it was a LOT of fun to witness and very cool to have the sequence published. I don’t expect the prairie dog was as happy about it as I was though. 😉
The City of Thornton will be conducting a photo exhibit called ‘Looking Through Our Lens’ from March 7th to April 25th. As there is no theme for this show, it left the choices of images to display wide open.
Using friends and family as judges (and I having veto authority of course) eight images were selected and are shown below. Below the slideshow is a description of each picture or you can click on an image to go to page with more information.
You can also see these images live along with others from local photographers during the above dates at the Thornton Arts and Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton, CO 80229. The operating hours are from 1:30pm to 5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday.
Photos © Tony’s Takes. Images are available for purchase as a print or for digital use. Please don’t steal, my prices aren’t particularly expensive. For more information contact me here.
May 31, 2010 – Colorado plains beast. The Campo, Colorado tornado is one that few storm chasers saw but for those that were there it was incredible. A storm system would drop six twisters in the same area that day, this the most impressive of them. It was on the ground for 25 minutes moving at a leisurely 10 mph allowing plenty of time to photograph the amazing phenomena as it tore through the ranchland.
June 2, 2010 – Kansas windmill. The sun was setting on another day of storm chasing on the Great Plains when this scene unfolded south of Goodland, Kansas. It reminded me of my grandpa’s farm in the same state and is punctuated by the windmill and crepuscular rays emanating from the sun.
December 19, 2010 – Glorious rural sunrise. Taken in Weld County, Colorado, the morning was bitter cold but as the sun rose between these trees my heart warmed. Colorado has the most amazing sunrises and sunsets and they occur at all times of these year. The bare trees, having shed their coverage for the winter, were darkened as the sun rose in brilliant orange.
February 4, 2011 – The sun will rise again. A photo that has special meaning for me. Taken on a very cold morning in Elephant Butte, New Mexico, this was the day after my dad passed away. I was raw with emotion and incredibly depressed as I left the hotel that morning. The scene of the sun rising was one which I will never forget.
July 25, 2012 – All that is left. Colorado is steeped in mining history and this image captures the remnants of one near Taylor Park. The Collegiate Peaks rise well above timberline in the background with the old mine equipment serving as the foreground.
June 7, 2012 – The lonely tree. Storm chasing isn’t just about tornadoes to me. Oftentimes the best images are ones taken before or after a tornado as was the case with this picture. Taken in rural Kiowa County, Colorado, I had witnessed a rain-wrapped tornado earlier and just sat and watched Mother Nature in all her glory. The sky near the horizon had the orange of the setting sun while above the blue / green of hail in the clouds made it a bit ominous.
January 20, 2013 – Old west meets new. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife refuge, this was an image I had seen in my mind for a long time. The weather cooperated with beautiful, clear blue skies and the bison was kind enough to position itself perfectly. This to me is an iconic Denver image.
January 25, 2013 – Regal eagle. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver is a veritable cornucopia of photo opportunities. Usually the bald eagles here are too far away to capture images of but on this day this particular eagle was perched right by the entrance to the refuge. I was almost giddy as I got within 50 feet of the amazing bird.