Posted on November 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Summer begins …
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
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Posted on November 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Springtime in the Rockies
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
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 4, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
An early winter feeling …
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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Posted on November 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Classic Colorado …
October skies over the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —October is definitely one of my favorite months for photography in the Colorado high country. Along with the changing leaves, we usually get our first snowfalls, and the shifting hemispheric weather patterns often bring spectacular wave cloud formations over the Continental Divide. Frost and ice start to form along streams and lakes, and sometimes we even get warm, summer-like days. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the past few weeks. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading
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Posted on October 24, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
It’s all how you look at it
FRISCO —Man, I really, REALLY love that Grays, Torreys, Grizzly skyline. For as many pics as I’ve snapped of those summits, I can’t find two that are the same. Then, there’s the mundane that become sublime in the eye of the beholder, like a simple aspen leaf laying in the snow, or something that’s sublime to begin with, like a bend in the river with serendipitous sunshine shafting across the cured grass to the very fringe of the forest. It’s all good … Continue reading
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Warmer than average temperatures prevailed across much of the globe in September 2013. Graphic courtesy NCDC.
Southern hemisphere land-surface temps record warm for the month
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — For all the tweeting, squawking and general clamor from global warming deniers, you’d think the Earth was on the brink of a new ice age, but the facts show otherwise.
Once again during September, the average global temperature was near record highs, at 1.15 degrees above the 20th century average — tied with 2003 as the fourth-warmest on record.
Even without the warming effect of El Niño, the average global ocean temperature was .97 degrees above the 20th century average, tying with 2006 as the fourth-warmest on record. For the year, land and sea surface temperatures together are on pace to register as the sixth warmest on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center, which released its monthly climate update a few days late due to the shutdown. Continue reading
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Sometimes it’s fun to shoot into the sun. In this shot, I got an entirely new sunburst pattern that I’ve never seen before with this particular lens.
FRISCO — A quick Tuesday morning stroll along the river in search of ice was rewarded by a fine sunrise, and, sure enough, there are shady spots where the Big Freeze has already started. It’s a great time to get out and watch the transition of the season. It may not be as showy as the initial blaze of aspen color, but mid- to late-autumn has its own treasures if you look hard enough. Continue reading
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Posted on October 18, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Vibrant season …
Brilliant fall colors form a backdrop to the Hraunfoss waterfall, formed where springs flow between lava formations into the Hvitá River, near Reykholt, Iceland.
FRISCO — Fall is definitely one of my favorite photography seasons. After the calm, peaceful summer months, earth and sky seem to be jarred out of stasis, suddenly shifting toward a new season. So when #FriFotos invited me to co-host this week’s Twitter chat with a fall theme, I was pretty happy. A September visit to Iceland with @CoTravGirl yielded a ton of fun images — we weren’t really sure what to expect, and the brilliant foilage of the island’s tundra vegetation was an unexpected bonus. Plus, I knew I’d be able to use a couple of pictures of waterfalls, which also fits the “fall” theme. And, of course, Colorado can’t be beat when it comes to foilage. For a few short weeks each year in late September and early October, the aspen forests change in a blaze of color before giving way to the quiet silvery, gray and white tones of winter.
Join in the Twitter fun by uploading your favorite fall pictures to Twitter or Instagram and be sure tag them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show. There are sure to be amazing fall pictures from all over the world!
In the Colorado high country, fall and winter often mingle, like in this scene, photographed from deck of the Summit Voice office.
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