FRISCO — Sometimes we really do save the best for the last, and in the case of the December gallery, it’s true. No matter that it was a low-snow year, the final month of 2011 ended up being stellar for photography. Instead of big powder dumps, local water ways formed unique ice formations, and the ice sailors had one of their best seasons in years. Please vote in the poll to determine the December image for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar and contact me directly if you’d like to purchase any of the images as prints or gift cards, or visit our online Imagekind gallery.
Big air out of the Copper superpipe at the U.S. Grand Prix in Dec. 2011.
The partially eclipsed moon sets behind Buffalo Mountain, with the lights of Frisco visible below.
A chilly white moon hangs in the sky above a frosted aspen in Dillon, Colorado.
Dillon Reservoir’s frozen fog coats trees near the Dillon Marina.
Framed by frosted branches, Peak one is barely visible through the mist over Dillon Reservoir.
A frost-coated tree stands out in stark contrast to the blue waters of Dillon Reservoir.
Frosted grasses on a cold December morning.
A spectacular blue-tinged moonrise over the Continental Divide.
The same moonrise about 30 minutes before the previous image was taken.
A frozen wave of ice on the Snake River.
Ice flowers bloom on Dillon Reservoir.
Glassy ice near the Dillon Marina.
A 10-second time exposure in pre-dawn light from Sapphire Point shows the mists moving across Dillon Reservoir near Farmer’s Korner.
"It's a Ball Point, Not a Hollow Point" is written on the side of Jeff Falkel's work van, beside a drawn portrait of Falkel's late son, Chris, who was killed nearly 10 years ago while fighting in Afghanistan. That's truth in advertising, because the writing pens Falkel makes and sells are anything but hollow.
A Flight for Life Colorado helicopter lifted off about 100 feet, jerked awkwardly then crashed into a parking lot near St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center in Frisco on Friday afternoon, killing the pilot and injuring the other two on board — a flight paramedic and a flight nurse.