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Morning photo: White and blue

Feels like the peak of winter …

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One of my favorite trees in Summit County, with a natural, wind-sculpted bonsai shape.

The morning photo essay is sponsored by locally owned and managed Copper Condos. Click for info on lodging deals at Copper and Frisco.

The morning photo essay is sponsored by Copper Condos.

FRISCO — I went out super early to chase the setting moon with my camera, and came close, catching a tantalizing glimpse of the orb passing through Silverthorne. But by the time I got to Ute Pass Road, drifting clouds blocked my view of what had promised to be a spectacular sight. Maybe next month. I was only slightly discouraged, and since I was already on the road, continued up to my favorite overlook, where the views are awesome with or without the moon. Since my last visit, maybe a month ago, the snow has really piled up, thigh deep along part of the trail. The clouds persisted during the early part of the sunrise, so the scene was dominated by cool blue shadows and icy white peaks, not a bad combo for late winter.

Early morning shadows and bright sun on the peaks of the Gore Range.

Early morning shadows and bright sun on the peaks of the Gore Range.

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Looking across the Lower Blue.

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For the sake of comparison, here’s the same view shot with the iPhone, processed with an Instagram filter.

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With the fine mist in the air, I kept checking my focus, not trusting the Nikon autofocus.

It's getting dog-gone deep out there!

It’s getting dog-gone deep out there.

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