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Morning photo: Best of January

Winter!

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Buffalo Mountain through the morning mist generated by the Frisco Nordic Center’s snowmaking operation.

SUMMIT COUNTY — I was really hoping that January would be the month to photograph deep snows, but as we all know, it ended being a dry one. Still, it’s winter (sort of) and the land is (mostly) frozen, so if you want to get those classic winter shots, this is the time. There is a distinct change in the quality of the light from early in the month to the end, when the angles and shadows are already noticeably different. The first part of January, I visited the Snake River, upstream of Keystone, several times to take advantage of the low angled sunlight streaming through the frosted trees. I’m glad I did, because once Keystone stopped its snowmaking operations, the wonderfully luminous water vanished. And I did manage to shoot a few scenes that look like mid-winter after one of our paltry snowfalls.

Snake River Keystone Colorado

January sunlight streams to the surface of the Snake River in Summit County, Colorado.

This was one of the Snake River shots that never made into a daily post.

This was one of the Snake River shots that never made into a daily post.

A similar scene from the Blue River, near its confluence with Dillon Reservoir.

A similar scene from the Blue River, near its confluence with Dillon Reservoir.

Winter sunrise, Rocky Mountains

A slice of the Gore Range at dawn.

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Cool blue winter light at the end of a January day.

Cool blue winter light at the end of a January day.

Frisco Colorado sunset

January sunset, Frisco, Colorado.

Winter in Snake River country, Colorado

Winter in Snake River country, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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