Morning photo: Spring daze

Valley snow is melting fast

Twilight hike on Ptarmigan Mountain, Summit County, Colorado.

Twilight hike on Ptarmigan Mountain, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — You know it was going to happen one of these days — even the biggest snow berms from the winter are melting down and hikers say that some local trails are already starting to dry out. That’s the case along the Ptarmigan Mountain Trail, where the first pasqueflowers of the season are blooming just in time for Easter. Continue reading

Morning photo: It’s snow love …

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It ain’t over until it’s over

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Skiing through a clearing April storm near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Sometimes I group photos geographically, or post a series of images from one shoot, but today’s set is all about diversity, in a photographic sense — color, texture, hue … we have such an incredible palette to choose from, especially with a digital darkroom. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: April snow

Springtime in the Rockies

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Tracks.

FRISCO — I’ve always thought spring snowstorms were different. The snow is wetter, and often starts when air temperatures are (relatively) warm. That means the snow sticks to everything, including vertical surfaces, and hangs on even if there’s a bit of a breeze. So, even if the weather turns springlike, that snow clinging to the trees makes it look wintrier than it feels. Here’s what Summit County looked like after a recent April dusting. Continue reading

Morning photo: Here and there …

April awesomeness

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At the edge of the meadow.

FRISCO — A couple of quick jaunts through Summit County this weekend yielded a few decent snapshot, including the muted sunset in the first image, brought to life with th iPhone’s HDR option, not to mention some Instagram editing. Along with the scenic shots of Summit County, I got up close and personal with a couple of roadside embankments, exploring the emerging mosses and icicles. If you enjoy our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday set

Signs of spring?

A moment of clarity ...

A moment of clarity …

FRISCO — I love those warm spring days when the snow seems to melt in front of your eyes. Instead of a smooth, unbroken, layer, the snow melts away in patches, starting on sunny slopes or around the base of trees, and the surface is pitted and rough. Every little grain of dust or twig catches the sun’s heat and the surround snow melts in a little crater. After months of stasis, the landscape seems to come to life — a time of transitions. Continue reading

Morning photo: April come she will

Springtime in the Rockies?

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The ice on Dillon Reservoir was mostly gone by late April, 2012, with a few berms of snow left on the shore at Pine Cove Campground, near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Weatherwise, April is always been one of the most dynamic months in the Colorado high country. Cold spring storms off the Pacific alternate with warm and sunny high pressure systems building from the Desert Southwest … and this year seems to be no exception, as the snow of the past few days is expected to give way to the warmest weather of the year, so far, in the coming week. But think back just two years ago, when Colorado (and much of the country) experienced a record-warm March, leading to summer-like conditions in April. It’s never a boring month! Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of March

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A little bit of melting along the edge of the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco indicates spring is, however reluctantly, coming.

A little bit of melting along the edge of the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco indicates spring is, however reluctantly, coming.

FRISCO — In past years, I’ve photographed early wildflowers in March, but this long winter has left a solid blanket of snow still draped over the high country. A few warm afternoons have hinted at spring, but winter has been tenacious. Here’s what it looked like in Summit County the past few weeks. Continue reading

Morning photo: Iceberg dreams

Frozen …

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Remnant bergs on the shore of Dundee Island, Antarctica.

FRISCO — Lately I’ve had a few dreams about melting icebergs. I think it’s all the climate reporting I’ve been doing; every new study that comes out makes it more clear that we’ve already pumped so many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that we’ve irrevocably changed our world, including the fantastic landscapes of ice around Antarctica. While parts of the glaciers and the massive ice sheets will persist for quite some time — many centuries, in fact — it’s also pretty clear that there will be massive changes around the frozen continent. Check out our Antarctica reporting at this Summit Voice link, and visit our online Fine Art America gallery for more landscape and nature photography. Click on the images to see them full size.

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Morning photo: Half-light

High in the Rockies …

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A curtain of virga hangs over the Colorado Rockies during a solar eclipse.

FRISCO — A couple of years ago, we had the chance to wander way up above treeline during a solar eclipse that started in the late afternoon and continued until after sunset. While we weren’t able to see the moment of totality, the shifting light of the clouds, combined with the filtering effect of the eclipse delivered some breathtaking light. If you enjoy our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for a selection of Summit County landscape and nature images.

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Morning photo: Emergent

Earth tones

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Emergent sage, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Summit County gleamed white once again after a quick overnight storm dropped a few more inches of snow, the latest wave in a seemingly endless onslaught of winter. But it only took a few hours of warm spring sunshine start the inexorable thaw process in the valleys, where — surprise — there’s already a bit of brown earth showing. Melting snow on emergent sage has to be one of the best smells in the world, and if you don’t believe me, take a stroll along the Oro Grande trail in Dillon. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature photography.

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