Three months, three seasons …
A snowboarder revels in the holiday at Arapahoe Basin.
Summit County — Our look at the year in photos continues with some images from July, August and September. Showing how incredibly short the summer can be in the high country, the series starts with the end of the ski season in early July and ends with fall colors and the first few snowstorms of late summer.
As always, Independence Day features fireworks ...
... And patriotic parades.
And July 2011 also featured an historic rainstorm that dropped more than 3 inches of rain in Breckenridge, setting an all-time record.
The prodigious snowpack finally melted off in July, leading to prolonged periods of high water in local streams.
At higher elevations, the snowpack lingered well into August, as evidenced by this snow cave high in the Gore Range.
Some familiar forest areas in Summit County changed dramatically as forest health logging projects clearcut wide swaths of beetle-killed lodgepole stands, like here at the Old Dillon Reservoir trailhead.
All the moisture also resulted in a great season for mushrooms, peaking in late August.
After barely melting away in August, snow fell across the high peaks in early September.
Wildlife was on the move in September, like this fox in Breckenridge. PHOTO BY DYLAN BERWYN.
Oktoberfest ... in September.
September splendor in the aspens.
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