Posted on March 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Celebrate the season!
Little birdie …
At the cusp of winter and spring.
Willows and water …
Snowmelt at the edge of Dillon Reservoir.
Spring snow and sun in Summit County, Colorado.
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!
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Posted on March 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Don’t fear the winter
Twilight along Meadow Creek.
First rays, Snake River.
FRISCO —After about five months of snow and cold, it’s understandable that some people might want to just curl up beneath a thick blanket for a few weeks to wait for spring. But if you do, you might miss scenes like this: Exquisite morning sunshine filtering through tall pines, the tangerine-colored glow of a winter sunset and the crumpled snow fields that look like cake frosting. Enjoy the last bits of winter, especially in the era of global warming, when winter snows seem far from a sure thing. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed
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for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
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Posted on March 6, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Southern mountains get huge snowpack boost
Early March storms helped bring the Colorado snowpack to near normal.
FRISCO — Colorado’s statewide snowpack continues to track near average for the winter, as two weeks of wet weather helped especially to bolster water supplies in the southern mountains.
But despite substantial accumulations statewide, the snowpack is still below average, at 87 percent of normal as of March 1. SNOTEL data shows that, during the nine-day period of February 20 through March 1, the state received 2.0 inches of snow water equivalent, 181 percent of the normal for that period.
Preliminary numbers from early March show an additional 7 percent gain between March 1 and March 5 — but with only 20 percent of the mountain snowpack accumulation season remaining, time is dwindling to close the gap and reach typical statewide peak snowpack levels. Continue reading
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Posted on January 11, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Cool in Colorado …
When storms move in from the west overnight, sunrise opens a crack in the sky at dawn.
Blue River magic.
View of the Gore Range from Ute Pass.
Solstice glow on Swan Mountain.
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.
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Posted on January 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Pure white? Not always.
FRISCO— From a distance, a freshly fallen blanket of snow looks pure white, but there’s more than meets the eye. Mixed in with the reflective flakes are tiny, dark particles of pollution. University of Washington scientists recently studied that pollution to see if they could find regional or seasonal patterns that might affect melting and the overall climate.
The study shows that North American snow away from cities is similar to Arctic snow in many places, with more pollution in the U.S. Great Plains. The findings also also show that agricultural practices, not just smokestacks and tailpipes, may have a big impact on snow purity. Continue reading
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Posted on January 9, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Reservoir storage near average
For the first three months of the current water year (starting Oct. 1, 2014) precipitation has been below average across large parts of the West, with just a few pockets of above average snow.
FRISCO —Colorado’s statewide snowpack is close to average for this time of year, federal water-watchers said this week, releasing results of the first monthly snow survey of the year.
Across the state, snowpack was at 99 percent of average for the date, with a surplus (114 percent) in the Colorado River Basin, but deficits in the south-central and southwestern mountains, which are facing their fifth straight year of below average snowpack and streamflows. Continue reading
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Posted on January 7, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Mountains aglow …
Solstice light over Peak 1, Frisco, Colorado.
An iPhone pano from the frozen surface of Dillon Reservoir, looking west to northwest.
Morning alpenglow over Baldy.
Gore Range peaks rising above the frozen mists on a cold January morning.
Roadside, Loveland Pass, Colorado.
FRISCO — There’s nothing better than a mountain sunrise or sunset on a crisp winter day, with deep snow all around to help diffuse the light and add sparkle to the air. For this set, I pulled a handful of images from the archives going back just a few weeks, starting around the time of the winter solstice. 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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