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Morning Photo: Winter vibes

Snow cometh …


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!

Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

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Morning photo: December …

Dawn to dusk …

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Last week I traveled to Rifle, Colorado to cover a public meeting of a Colorado fracking task force. During a short afternoon break, I found this pond at rest area along I-70 at the Rifle exit.

FRISCO — Pond reflections are always awesome, and when the pond is surrounded by bony, bare-leaved cottonwoods, so much the better. Considering that it was near 50 degrees when I took the top shot in this set, it didn’t really feel like winter too much, but the trees tell the story. Then Saturday dawned with a fairly thick deck of clouds across Summit County. I could see a hint of color from our Frisco location, but it didn’t look like it was going to go big. But I was up, dressed, the dogs were ready to go, so we headed out, and I’m glad we did! Continue reading

Morning photo: The edge

Freezing up …

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Hazy morning light on an early December morning.

FRISCO —A quick gallery on the cusp of seasons as we head toward the solstice and the official start of winter in Summit County and the final freeze-up of Dillon Reservoir. The slow start to snowfall in December may not be the best for skiers and local resorts, but it’s been interesting to watch the slow weather transitions from a photography standpoint. This year, the first big snow came BEFORE the ice; now, the snow is starting to melt again (at least in the valleys), which kind of makes it feel like the seasons went into reverse a little bit! Continue reading

Morning Photo: December light

Subtle …

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The low sun angle highlights every grain of snow covering this scruffy meadow in Frisco.

FRISCO — Exceptional light rules in mid-December. The sun has dropped to nearly its lowest point in its path across the sky, so that, even a couple of hours after sunrise, it lingers, barely above the southeastern horizon. Often, layers of thin low- and mid-level clouds diffuse the light even more, creating a wintry glow in the snowy landscapes of Colorado. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Frozen!

Winter glory

Frozen fountain.

Frozen fountain.

FRISCO — OK, so it hasn’t exactly been hardcore winter around here the past few days. After that big mid-November snow, things warmed up pretty dramatically, which means I had to reach back into the archives to compile this set of winter images, a reminder of different each year can be when it comes to weather. But I wanted to highlight a few shots that speak to the season in all its frozen glory. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Divine daybreak

November scenes …

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Light frost on the grass and an exceptional morning glow in early November.

FRISCO — I’ve often said November is the best month for sunrise photos in Summit County and this year was no exception. The atmospheric conditions — with frequent formation of wave clouds over the Rockies — seem to combine with a good sun angle to create almost unbelievably brilliant scenes, especially with still unfrozen waters of Dillon Reservoir as a mirror, and best of all, you don’t have to get up all that early to catch it, with the best colors peaking between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

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