Morning photo: Sunday set

Winter wonderland

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Shooting into the sun with an iPhone, using the camera’s HDR to capture a bit of the iridescence in the upper level clouds as a winter storm descended on Summit County.

FRISCO —It certainly feels like the heart of winter right now in Summit County, as well it should. Mid-January is the time for snow and ice, and this year Mother Nature has delivered on time. Today’s Sunday set is a little photographic homage to the white stuff, an important part of life in the Colorado high country in so many ways. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for a full selection of Colorado landscape images, available as fine art prints or greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: River set

Winter water …

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Looking upstream, with a little bit of early light for highlights on the ice.

FRISCO — For the first time in a few weeks, I zipped up to one of my favorite spots along the Snake River for a quick morning photo session, hoping to catch some of that thick riverside frost on the trees and bushes. In the end, I ran out of camera battery before getting the shot I wanted — my own fault, as I forgot to charge them last night. And a slight overcast muted the light, which made it a little harder to catch some of the nuanced tones in the canyon. But I was still happy with a handful of images. Winter in Colorado ROCKS! Please visit our online Fine Art America gallery for more landscape prints or greeting cards — purchasing our photography is a great way to support independent online journalism. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter light

The chilly season!

Winter sunrise glow can be intense.

Winter sunrise glow can be intense.

FRISCO — A short and sweet photographic celebration of the winter season in Summit County, Colorado … Continue reading

Global temps record high in November 2013

Cool U.S. readings the exception in a record-warm month

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Planet Earth record-warm in November 2013. Graphic courtesy NASA.

Staff Report

FRISCO — November’s cool temperatures across parts of North America were the exception, as the rest of globe reported all-time record warmth for the month. According to the National Climatic Data Center’s monthly update, the average global temperature was 1.40 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

Many regions saw all-time record highs, including southern Russia, northwest Kazakhstan, south India, southern Madagascar, parts of the central and south Indian Ocean, and sections of the Pacific Ocean.

Northern Australia, parts of North America, south west Greenland, and parts of the Southern Ocean near South America were cooler than average, but no regions of the globe were record cold during November. Read the full report here. Continue reading

Morning photo: November glow

Early winter in Colorado

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November 2012 brought one of the most spectacular displays of stacked wave and lenticular clouds that I’ve ever seen.

FRISCO —November may not be the sexiest month — no wildflowers, the aspen leaves are long gone and there’s usually not quite enough snow for real wintry scenes. But I’ve learned in the last few years that it’s a month that can bring incredible displays of color in the sky, dramatic cloudscapes and wonderful frost and ice scenes. One of these shots will be featured in out 2014 Summit Voice calendar. What’s your favorite? Continue reading

Morning photo: June gems

Summer begins …

After a super snowy spring, summer started off looking quite wintry, with a thick snowpack still coating Peak 1 on June 1.

After a super snowy spring, summer started off looking quite wintry, with a thick snowpack still coating Peak 1 on June 1.

FRISCO — After a stormy and snowy spring season, summer started with a vengeance in June, quickly melting the snowpack and nourishing incredible displays of wildflowers. Another treat was watching a nesting pair of eagles warily guard their nest on an island in Dillon Reservoir. All in all, it was one of the best months of the year for photography in Summit County, and I had hard time narrowing down the selection of images, one of which will be featured as the June image in the 2014 Summit Voice calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Climate: Winter sports athletes say: #ourtimeisnow

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Climate action needed now to protect winter for future generations.

School outreach, social media campaign aims to empower youth

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Ski and snowboard pros like Gretchen Bleiler and Jeremy Jones don’t need the IPCC to tell them that climate change is already having big impacts — they’ve been experiencing the changes first-hand for years. And as part of the Protect Our Winters campaign, they’ve taken their action-oriented message from the halls of Congress to the auditoriums at schools around the country. This month, POW relaunched its “Hot Planet/Cool Athletes” program to bring that perspective into classrooms.

The goal is to explain climate change in an engaging way, and to inspire and empower students to become involved in the movement to protect the winter sports and winter mountain environment. Sponsored by The North Face, and in association with Clif Bar, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Teton Gravity Research, the program has already been presented to more than 20,000 students at 41 schools nationwide since 2011. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ice chasing …

Winter cometh

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Golden pool at the base of a frozen waterfall along Tenmile Creek.

FRISCO — Wow! This is fun. Almost as much fun as hunting for wild mushrooms. I say almost, because in the case of mushrooms, you can eat what you find. Still, tracing our local streams as they fall into the icy grip of winter is a great way to spend an hour each morning, and the dogs are loving it, too. Wednesday, I headed up North Tenmile Creek, just outside Frisco city limits. This is one of my favorite trailheads any time of year. There’s not too many places you can hike into a designated wilderness area less than a mile from downtown, and even though November isn’t exactly the time of year most people think about strolling in the woods, it’s a great time to watch the seasons change. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: November!

An early winter feeling …

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Snake River ice with an ethereal glow as the first few rays of morning sun penetrate the shadows of the canyon.

FRISCO —Every now and then I post a photo set that probably doesn’t need a whole lot of verbiage, except may to say that nature continually, every single day, totally blows my mind. The ice formations along our local streams and creeks change from day to day, and the light is never the same. Even if a morning looks the same, superficially, as the day before; even if I go back to the same spot at the exact same time, it’s different. That’s not to say I don’t work for some of these images. Sometimes I’m wading in icy water up to my ankles, trying to find a stable spot for the tripod. Sometimes the tripod just won’t work, so I look for flat rocks, use a hat or glove as a pad and press the camera tightly to try and prevent shaking during exposures long exposures. And other times, I just point the iPhone and shoot … Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Colorado landscape images. Continue reading

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