SUMMIT COUNTY — March is usually the snowiest month of the year in the high country, but this year, spring took hold early and never really let winter make a return. By the end of the month, green grass was showing in places that usually are still covered with several feet of snow, hinting at the long, dry summer ahead. For once, Summit County residents couldn’t complain about how long the winter is. Instead, some of us complained about the lack of powder skiing, while others just took it in stride as part of the cycle of mountain weather and enjoyed the abundant and unusual late winter warmth. Vote in the poll and help choose the March photo for the 2013 Summit Voice Calendar. Here’s January and February.
There was still some snow around early in the month, but it didn’t last long.
By the middle of the month, the ponds started melting and the ducks were looking for places to nest. I post-processed this image to try and make it look like a duck stamp.
Dillon Reservoir started the month frozen solid, but was near total meltdown by the end of the month. This sky was so brilliant I always think of an X-ray when I see this image.
The shadow climb. By mid-March, the focus was shifting from skiing to biking, hiking and climbing.
Thin ice at the edge of Dillon Reservoir, showed all its structure.
Moody March skies.
The March meltdown saw Dillon Reservoir open up earlier than ever before.
Frisco wetlands went through a few melt-freeze cycles during the month.
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