Morning photo: Seasons come and go …

Springtime in the Rockies


FRISCO —More wandering along the edge of Dillon Reservoir during the ice-melt season yielded this series of images, all taken at different times of day. Can you guess which are morning shots and which are taken in the evening? By now, much of the ice has already melted away from the shore, but with a few days of cold weather in the forecast, I’m expecting some areas to refreeze, which means that we’ll have kind of an instant replay of the melt-off. That’s the way it goes here in the Colorado high country!

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Spring warmth ups fire danger in Rockies

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A dwindling snowpack means increased fire danger. This low spring snowpack in 2012 was followed by a severe wildfire season in Colorado.

‘The next several weeks are going to be critical in terms of precipitation’

Staff Report

FRISCO — Early snowmelt and above-average temperatures have upped the fire danger across parts of the Rocky Mountain and high plains region, federal officials said this week, forecasting a more active wildfire season than last year.

“This year we are expecting an average to above-average fire season,” said Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center fire meteorologist Tim Mathewson. “A repeat of a 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2012 historic fire season is unlikely at this time; however, the next several weeks are going to be critical in terms of precipitation.” Continue reading

Morning photo: Meltdown

Reservoir scenes


FRISCO — Spring may be the most dynamic season for streams, ponds and reservoirs in the Colorado high country. After months of winter stasis, the lengthening days and warming temperatures bring change on a daily basis, as long-frozen surfaces suddenly turn into slushy puddles, only to refreeze at night as the temps drop just below freezing.

Additionally, the water level fluctuates beneath the ice, sometimes creating slanted surfaces that enable subsequent meltwater to flow in unusual patterns. I tried to capture some of that with the images in this set, all captured along the edge of Dillon Reservoir in the past few days. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

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.

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