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Morning photo: Lupine love!

Wildflower magic

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — As the Colorado wildflower season gets under way, I thought I would feature a set focusing on lupines, one of the most ubiquitous species. Lupines grow around the world, from sea level up into the high alpine zone — not to mention our beloved garden varieties. Each variety showing adaptations to their local environment. For example, lupines that grow in the craggy high country have tiny flowers that remain hidden low down in clumps of leaves that offer some shelter from the wind and extreme temperatures. What I haven’t been able to figure out is why the genus got a name that apparently has something to do with the Latin root word for wolves (Lupus). Perhaps in the early days, when people were naming plants, lupine habitat was associated with areas were wolves live, but that’s pure speculation on my part. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Rocky Mountain love …

Weekend shots

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Tenderfoot boulder.

FRISCO — Get up early, grab the camera, load up the dogs … sounds routine, doesn’t it? But the reality is, you never know what you’re going to find. Like Sunday, when I waited and waited, watching the clouds, but unsure if the sunrise was really going to light up the sky. By the time I started along the Dam Road I could see that the sky would be dramatic, not with pinks and oranges, but with light and shadow, which can really help give pictures some depth. And I threw the sculling shot into the mix just because I love the color and the composition! Please have a look at our online Fine Art America gallery for more great Rocky Mountain nature and landscape image. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain colors

All of a sudden …

Wild iris in full bloom.

Wild iris in full bloom.

FRISCO — And just like that, it’s all about summer in the high country, wildflowers bursting madly forth in bloom, brimming lakes and reservoirs and all sorts of moody thunderstorm light in the evenings, with tinted sunshine slanting through the dissipating clouds. Winter may have it’s subtle beauties, but many summer photo sessions are “in your face” kind of events, where a half dozen bright and shiny things are competing for your attention. Continue reading

Morning photo: Moon glow and wildflowers

Summer’s coming!

A kind of weird low-light exposure of the moon rising above Dillon Reservoir.

A kind of weird low-light exposure of the moon rising above Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Another full moon came and went in Summit County, the last during the spring season, and at the same time, fields and forests are busting out what promises to be a fine display of seasonal wildflowers. It’s always a little disconcerting to see bright blooms in places where snow berms lingered just a few weeks ago, but it’s a good reminder that it’s time to start planning those outdoor summer adventures before the season slips away … Continue reading

Morning photo: Cloudscapes

Look up …

Billowing would be the word!

Billowing would be the word!

FRISCO — Quite the display of cloud power the last few days, as massive thunderstorms loomed up over the Rocky Mountains and then blew eastward, out over the plains. Here are a few shots taken the last few days right here in Frisco, Colorado, most withing walking distance of Summit Voice headquarters. Catch our gallery of Colorado nature and landscape images at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Vistas

 Lights, camera …

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Guyot and Baldy, under the glow.

FRISCO — Every now and then the evening sky lights up with a vengeance, often when (and where) you least expect it. It’s almost a kind of guessing game, at least in terms of photography and finding the right spot to be to take advantage of that fire in the sky. Having some reflective water or silhouetted tree branches in the foreground is always good, right? Enjoy the daily snapshots and visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Insta-Thursday!

Just a little iPhone fun …

FRISCO — Quick post, a few shots from strolls around Frisco and Dillon Reservoir. Summer light is here, framed through lodgepole pine branches and mirrored on the surface of the Meadow Creek wetlands with a mound of thunderstorms building over the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Colorado: Spring flood cuts off road to Montezuma

High runoff taking a toll on roads

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Flood waters caused a major washout of Montezuma Road in Summit County, Colorado. Photo courtesy Summit County Road and Bridge.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Spring runoff is starting to take a toll on high country roads, with a major washout reported along Montezuma Road and minor flooding in other areas, including a partial washout on the Meadow Creek trailhead road in Frisco.

East of Keystone, Summit County officials reported a 45-washout of Montezuma Road, leaving Montezuma residents withouth vehicular access. According to the county, the road is washed out 15-feet deep near the Peru Creek trailhead. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday strolling

Ok, so it’s Tuesday …

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Almost looks like autumn.

FRISCO — Sunday’s morning stroll took me up along the Tenderfoot Trail, near Dillon, where I watched an unusual early morning thunderstorm form directly overhead, then dissipate as fast as it formed. The gray clouds weren’t exactly what I was looking for when I went out to shoot photos, but you work with you get, right? And patience paid off, as I did manage to get within range of a mountain bluebird (see below). Later in the day, we trekked out to a vantage point to watch our resident bald eagles fledge their chicks, hiking back to the road just as the sun dipped behind Buffalo Mountain, to end another perfect weekend in the Colorado high country. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Finding the light …

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Lookout point.

FRISCO — The steep eastern escarpment of the Gore Range has always fascinated me, and also reminded me of my old stomping grounds around Mammoth Lakes, where the Sierra Nevada similarly rises sharply from rolling forests and sage foothills. From deep in the valley, you only get a hint of the full scale of the range; it’s not until you drive up the Williams Fork Range a ways that you start to really see the deep vertical relief. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more landscape and nature photography from Colorado. Continue reading

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