Posted on December 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Winter begins …
Frost and snow take hold of the trees along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.
Tenmile Creek on the winter solstice.
Evening glow on Swan Mountain as the sun sets behind the Tenmile Range.
Lodgepole sunset, Swan Mountain.
Evening alpenglow at Loveland Pass.
FRISCO — Once more, our Blue Marble has slipped into another celestial phase, marking the northern hemisphere’s maximum tilt away from the sun. The low sun angle often helps create dramatic landscapes, as the snow takes on an otherwordly glow, enveloping the mountains with soft light and long shadows. Enjoy the season!
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Posted on December 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A strong storm will increase the avalanche danger in the Colorado mountains.
Avalanche cycle likely by Sunday, experts say
FRISCO — An incoming winter storm has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for most of the Colorado Mountains, with the exception of the southern San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos.
Heavy snow falling on a weak snowpack will quickly push the avalanche hazard into the red zone, with triggered avalanches all but certain on slide-prone terrain the next few days. Continue reading
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Posted on December 20, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Glading, lift upgrades eyed in draft environmental study
Snowmass to upgrade the High Alpine lift, add new snowmaking and expand gladed terrain.
FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service is looking for public input on a slate of proposed improvements at Snowmass Ski Area, including replacement/realignment of the High Alpine Chairlift, additional snowmaking coverage, and trail and glade projects. Continue reading
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Posted on December 19, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Brightening the season …
Classic Colorado Christmas!
Christmas, western Colorado style in Rifle.
Well hey there, Frosty!
Frisco’s town Christmas tree is aglow in the holiday season.
The creche in Frisco’s town park.
FRISCO — What better way to brighten up the long, dark nights of the solstice season than with a string of colored lights, or some glittery stars on a snow-covered tree? Residents of our Colorado mountain community know how to show the glow during Christmas, with festive scenes ranging from the whimsical to the sacred. And through it all, the theme of light shines brightly. Check out all the other shots of holiday lights (and all different sorts of light, for that matter) on the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, which is featuring lights as the weekly theme.
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Snow cometh …
Morning alpenglow on the Gore Range.
Sunrise over Mt. Guyot, Summit County, Colorado.
Winter along the Snake River.
Low clouds hover over Silverthorne. Colorado with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.
FRISCO — Winter is working its magic across the high country of Colorado, painting the mountains and valleys with a glittery blanket of snow. These shots highlight the many different ways light can manifest on freshly fallen snow, all taken on different days, but at about the same time each day, within an hour after sunrise. Enjoy the season!
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
The Colorado River Delta in May, 2014. Photo courtesy NASA.
Science team tracks effects of historic pulse flow
FRISCO — Last May’s pulse flow in the Colorado River helped revive vegetation along a huge swath of the river’s edge, triggering new plant growth and raising the water table in the delta. After comparing satellite images taken August 2013 with new images from this year, scientists calculated a 23 percent increase in the greenness of riparian zone vegetation. Continue reading
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Posted on December 17, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Kokanee salmon caught at Green Mountain Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. bberwyn photo.
New tool helps fisheries managers gather more eggs from other reservoirs
FRISCO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say they’ve wrapped up their annual kokanee salmon egg collection activities for the year, with good results at Wolford Mountain Reservoir, where they were able to gather 1.78 million eggs.
But predatory lake trout and other factors combined to suppress egg production in Lake Granby, historically the biggest source of eggs for the desirable sport fish. Continue reading
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