Posted on December 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The frozen fog of Dillon Reservoir
FRISCO —Right on schedule, winter kicked in with a vengeance in early December, bringing snow, and the first outbreak of sub-zero temps. For a few days each year, before the reservoir freezes over, this means there’s a magical time when the trees along the shoreline are coated with a thick layer of what is, essentially, frozen fog. As chilly as it is to operate camera controls, I always try to make one or two photographic forays around the Dam Road and the Dillon Marina area, where the frost always seems to be thickest. Here’s the first frosty set from this year. Visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more Summit County landscape and nature images. (more…)
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Posted on December 4, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Early winter in Colorado
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? (more…)
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Posted on December 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Cold, stormy weather is headed for Colorado.
Polar air mass to bring subzero readings
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Coloradans should prepare for some of the coldest weather in recent memory, weather forecasters say. The Arctic air expected to begin arriving Tuesday could bring some of the coldest readings since a memorable February 2011 cold snap, when temperatures in the high country dipped to 20 degrees below zero. (more…)
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A NOAA weather satellite image shows a strong snowstorm headed for the Rocky Mountains.
CAIC forecasters highlight ‘very real and rapidly increasing avalanche danger’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A developing winter storm has prompted the season’s first avalanche warning in the Colorado high county. With up to 12 inches of snow expected across the higher terrain, forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say extra caution is required for backcountry travel this weekend.
“Don’t let the fresh snow blind you to the very real and rapidly increasing avalanche danger,” the CAIC posted on its website. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday afternoon and Saturday night and the thin and brittle early season snowpack likely won’t be able to support the fresh snow, especially in wind-loaded areas. (more…)
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Posted on November 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Temperatures much cooler than average at the National Weather Service observation site in Dillon
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — The 2014 water year started with above-average snowfall in Summit County — a good sign for the winter according to Breckenridge-based weather-watcher Rick Bly, who measured 20.5 inches of snow during October. The average snowfall for the month is 12.3 inches.
According to Bly’s historical records, dating back to the late 1800s, above-average December snowfall is followed by an above average winter 70 percent of the time.
That snow melted down to 1.33 inches of water, just slightly above the average 1.27 inches of precipitation in October, which is the driest month of the year in Summit County. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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Posted on October 31, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Frozen stuff …
A micro-landscape along Meadow Creek, in Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO —OK, so I’ll admit I have an ice obsession, at least for a few weeks in the fall, when the streams of Summit County start to freeze over. Later in the fall and in the winter, soft snow pillows cover most of creekbeds and streambanks, but for a few weeks in late October and early November, you can kind of see the bones of the rivers as they slow to a trickle. The freeze-up starts in the deepest parts of the canyons, usually where there are some overhanging branches. Splashes of water freeze in the cold air above the stream, then drip down, creating quite an amazing variety of shapes. Set against the flowing water, it can be a magical scene. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. (more…)
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Posted on October 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fall photo fun
FRISCO — I got my feet wet several times this weekend taking pictures of the incipient ice along our local streams, but it was well worth it. Actually, more than my feet — for some a few of these shots, I contorted myself over boulders, at times laying prone in slushy snow along the banks of the creeks, to try and get a good angle, and to keep my camera and tripod level and steady. Generally, these riverside spots aren’t exactly level and there’s not always a good spot to set up a tripod, so I’ve learned to improvise, using rocks as a camera platform. Sometimes I put down my hat as a pad, and just use my hands to clamp the camera tight against the rock for quarter-second exposures. Whatever works, right? Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for a great selection of Summit County landscape shots.
Dancing water along the Snake River in Summit County, Colorado.
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