Morning photo: Welcome, spring

Celebrate the season!


FRISCO —We’re stepping into spring here in the Colorado high country, and right on schedule, the first western bluebirds appeared on the fringes of local forests. There are other signs as well — reflective meltwater ponds along the edge of Dillon Reservoir and budding willow shrubs. Stop whatever you’re doing today for at least a few minutes to get outside and celebrate the changing of the seasons!

Morning photo: Mid-winter …

The snow zone


FRISCO —Snow, sun and sky are the basic elements of winter photography, and when those ingredients come together under a glowing sunset, it’s hard to take a bad photo. Tuesday night was a great example. I didn’t have to go far, just down to end of our road here in Frisco, to catch a sunset that lit up not only the sky, but the new snow in the wetlands with an ethereal glow, which is something that the iPhone camera on HDR is really able to capture quite well. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Cool in Colorado …


FRISCO — Just a short Sunday set featuring some “leftover” images from the past couple of weeks, including the strange solstice glow of the low winter sun and a stunning sunrise over the Blue River Valley. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Winter blues

Winter hues …


FRISCO — A couple of days ago I revisited one of my favorite photography spots along the Snake River, near Keystone, specifically to try and capture the many shades of blue and white that dominate winter light. The challenge is to get some detail in the bright white foreground and in the blue background shadows at the same time, which is only possible in a very short window of time (about 10 minutes) right after the sun rises but before it’s high enough to fully illuminate the background. The low sun angle also helps highlight details and texture in the snow cover. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Best of spring 2014

Snowy days …


FRISCO —A few more of our favorite images from 2014, focusing on late winter and early spring, when the deepest snowpack of the years begins its inexorable meltdown. And while most people are enjoying daffodils and tulips, Summit County, at 9,000 feet, usually sees at least one or two snowstorms during the late spring, even down to the valley elevations. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Winter magic!

FRISCO — An exceptional morning a few days after Christmas brought magical light to the Blue River Valley, in Summit County, Colorado. Temps below zero and a layer of frozen fog and mist combined to create a beautiful sundog, forming nearly a full circle around the sun. It may be a little challenging to get out and about at sunrise on these chilly mornings, but it’s always well worth it!

Morning photo: Solstice!

Winter begins …


FRISCO — Once more, our Blue Marble has slipped into another celestial phase, marking the northern hemisphere’s maximum tilt away from the sun. The low sun angle often helps create dramatic landscapes, as the snow takes on an otherwordly glow, enveloping the mountains with soft light and long shadows. Enjoy the season!

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