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Morning photo: Last sunrise of 2012

Along the Ptarmigan Trail …

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All but the highest peaks of the Tenmile Range is immersed in the cold, blue shadows of winter.

FRISCO — For the last sunrise of 2012, I wandered up the Ptarmigan Trail, near Silverthorne. Since I’m trying to be cautious about how much fossil fuel I consume, I don’t often drive all the across the county for a morning walk. There are plenty of places nearby that the dogs and I enjoy, but when I saw the mid-level clouds drifting over the valleys, I wanted to get somewhere high enough to have a good vantage point. Almost every trek to the Ptarmigan Trail has yielded some high quality images, in any season, Monday’s sunrise didn’t disappoint. The light was a bit murky at first, but when the sun broke through and started illuminating the peaks, it was pure magic.

Many of the images in Summit Voice photo essays are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism!

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I don’t shoot all that many vertical landscapes, but I really wanted to get the moon into this frame. It’s still quite high in the sky and seems (to me) to be disconnected from the rest of the image, but there it is.

In the more traditional horizontal landscape format the moon doesn't seem to quite so out of place.

In the more traditional horizontal landscape format the moon doesn’t seem to quite so out of place.

The clouds on the eastern horizon were quite thick,

The clouds on the eastern horizon were quite thick, but waiting around for a while paid off, as the sun finally broke through, only for a few minutes, to paint the foreground with buttery light.

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Bright foreground, dark horizon equals tough but fascinating light.

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The Looking down toward the Blue River valley.

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