Morning photo: Summer daydream

The flip side …

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Morning dew near Straight Creek, in Dillon, Colorado.

FRISCO — The new snow Thursday morning wasn’t unwelcome, but it did spur a quick pang of yearning for warmer days, so I searched the Summit Voice archives for some of my favorite summer scenes, feeling the heat of the summer season, at least virtually. Check our online gallery for more Summit County nature and landscape images.

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Morning photo: Cloud 9

Vaporous …

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Collapsing thunderstorm.

FRISCO — Clouds. We often take them for granted, or see them as a nuisance if we’re in the mood for a bright, sunny day, but clouds are, of course, an essential part of the cycle of life on this planet, transporting water vapor throughout the atmosphere, distributing moisture and affecting climate in ways we are just beginning to understand. For a photographer, clouds are often the perfect foil for landscape shots, helping to soften the light and add drama to what otherwise might just be a blank space. Even if you’re not a photographer, take some time one of these days to check out what’s going on in the sky above you. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature shots.

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Morning photo: Lilting colors

Gleaming

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Unfiltered light along Dillon Reservoir that lasted just a brief moment during a dazzling November sunrise.

FRISCO — There are moments when the light in the mountains is almost unbearably exquisite, moments when you have to rub your eyes to make sure not in a dream. Those moments don’t always translate into perfect pictures but sometimes it all comes together. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more landscape portraits of Summit County.

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Morning photo: Winter’s last gasp?

Comes a time …

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March sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Comes a time each year when you know that winter is on its way out, but just doesn’t want to let go quite yet. While lowlanders enjoy emerging snowdrops and daffodils, high country dwellers are chipping away at several months worth of ice buildup from their drives. For me, everytime there’s a late winter or early spring storm, I’m wondering it it’s going to be the last opportunity to take one more set of snow pics. This set includes images from the last few years all taken in the last two weeks of winter. Continue reading

Morning photo: Equinox!

It can go either way!

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It seems the first few willow buds start to open right around the vernal equinox, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

FRISCO —Winter or spring? The equinox is on the cusp, and if there’s anything I’ve learned after living in western mountain towns for 25 years, it’s that you just never know. Some years, like in 2012, there’s an early melt, and even though you know it probably means heightened fire danger and drought conditions, you welcome it, because the winter has been long enough. Some years, it’s just right, a few warm, sunny days followed by a shot of spring snowfall … And then, there’s this year, when winter really doesn’t want to ease its grip. Continue reading

Forests: Spruce beetles spreading fast in southern Rockies

State report details status of insect activities

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Spruce beetles are widely active across the mountains of southern Colorado.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Windstorms, mild winters and drought are the key factors in the continued spread of spruce beetles, which have become the dominant change agent in Colorado forests the past few years.

According to the latest annual forest health report compiled by state forest experts, spruce beetles were active across 398,000 acres in 2013, affected more than triple the amount of acreage than mountain pine beetles. Continue reading

Morning photo: Got snow?

We do!

Deep in the Gore Range.

Deep in the Gore Range.

FRISCO —Mid-March, Friends are posting pictures of crocuses, daffodils and forsythia blooming outdoors, as well as meadows greening up and trees starting to bud out — but not here in the high country, where winter still grips the land. Here’s how it looked March 15, 2014 around Summit County. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Spring light

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Gore Range glow.

FRISCO — The equinox is still a week away, but there are signs of spring in the air. Days and nights are nearly equal length, and the higher sun angle in the middle part of the day adds a new dimension to forest scenes. All these images, except one, were taken in the morning. Can you guess which is an afternoon shot? If you like our daily snapshot series, visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America, featuring the best Summit County landscape images available as prints or greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Home turf

Around the county

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Moonshine!

FRISCO —I’m always amazed at how many decent images I get just within a few miles of our Frisco home. OK, sometimes I drive all the way to Dillon (a couple of miles) to watch the moon set behind Buffalo Mountain, or up over Swan Mountain Road to get a nice Gore Range vista. But as often as not, I’m less than 10 minutes away from home when I start aiming the camera. All the shots in this set are taken within a 5 mile radius around Frisco. Continue reading

Morning photo: Blue & pink

Crepuscular …

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Dawn light over the Continental Divide.

FRISCO — So I’ve done several black and white sets during the past few years, but I’ve never done one that focuses on the almost otherworldly combination of deep blue snowy shadows and sunrise- or sunset-tinged clouds. I usually prefer to wait until there’s just a bit more light on the foreground, or until the snow surface manages to pick up a little sky glow. But more often than not, the strong contrast prevails, cold and warm tones competing for attention. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

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