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Morning photo: Transitions

From gold to white …

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Early morning light over the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Autumn is in the house,  and apparently can’t wait to get out of the way as Old Man Winter comes knocking on the door. Winds are sweeping the trees, as if to prepare them for the heavy (we hope) loads of snow in the months ahead, and even though we’ll surely return to a spell of warm, sunny days, it’s always awesome to see the first snows coating the peaks. Continue reading

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Morning Photo: Aspen magic

Peak colors

Piercing evening light helped ensure good sharpness in this iPhone pano.

Piercing evening light helped ensure good sharpness in this iPhone pano. Click on the image to view it full size.

FRISCO — It’s hard not to take photos when Colorado’s aspen groves explode into a riot of fall colors each year. The past couple of days, we’ve had quick-building thunderclouds appear late in the day. Friday evening even brought a few lightning bolts. But the clouds are not the same as the thick summer monsoon layer that dampens the light. These high-based storm clouds allow plenty of sunlight to creep in from beneath, giving some of these traditional foliage shots some extra drama. Continue reading

Morning photo: Fall vibes

New season …

Autumn rainclouds breaking up over Frisco, Colorado.

Autumn rainclouds lifting over Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — A spell of rainy days in the Colorado high country made for some spectacular morning and evening scenes, with pendulous gray clouds providing a great backdrop for the spectacle of changing leaves. It’s actually pretty hard to take a bad picture of fall colors, although when you’re pushing the envelope in low-light or high contrast situations, there’s always room for improvement. Continue reading

Morning photo: Autumn!

So turns the celestial wheel

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Balanced perfectly, picking out bugs and sipping raindrops – a perfect way to welcome fall!

FRISCO — It’s been feeling like fall for several weeks in Summit County, with a few dustings of snow already on the high peaks and the annual procession of colors in local forests. But today is the real deal, folks. The autumnal equinox marks the first “official” day of fall and it means soon we’ll be enjoying crisp days, frost on the ground, and, hopefully, snow. On this rainy morning, a flock of small birds decided to hang out in the aspens around our house, busily hopping amongst the branches, finding food and water. It’s pretty amazing how just a small clump of three or four trees can feel like a big forest ecosystem when you look close up. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Perfect morning

Roadside. Lower Blue Valley, Colorado.

Roadside. Lower Blue Valley, Colorado.

FRISCO — I made a pre-dawn start to try and set up in a good position to watch sunrise light up the Gore Range, then made a few roadside stops heading back toward Frisco. Today will be a very, very good day to check some fall colors in Colorado. There’s a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, but if you’re a shutterbug, all the better — storm clouds and shadows will only add depth and texture to your images. Check out my Instagram feed for daily photo updates, and if you would like to purchase fine art prints or greeting cards, visit our online gallery. Continue reading

Thanks for supporting independent journalism!

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Enjoying dinner and supporting independent journalism at the Sunshine Cafe in Dillon, Colorado.

I’ll be discussing global warming in the Rocky Mountains live on the KGNU program, “A Public Affair” Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 8:30 a.m. You can listen streaming on the web by going to www.kgnu.org and clicking on the “Tune In Online” button (left sidebar)

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Ever since I waded knee-deep into the mucky water of Cucumber Gulch 15 years ago to write about vanishing boreal toads, I had this crazy idea that good environmental journalism — and good journalism in general — should be a core community value. The feedback I got on countless stories about critters, forests, water, snow and ski areas — especially ski area expansions — over the years helped reinforce that feeling.

I’ve always known that Summit County readers are smart, engaged and interested in what happens in the world around them. That enthusiasm manifested last Friday evening at the Sunshine Cafe, where about 25 people enjoyed a fabulous menu, a slide show about the Climate Ranger environmental reporting project and a silent auction. The dinner was an incredibly generous gift from cafe owners Mike and Tenley Spry and their gracious and welcoming staff.

We brainstormed about local environment stories, and as always, water is always a key topic — not surprisingly, since a new state report released in August projects that global warming will cut river flows in our state in a big way by 2050, and the impacts by the end of the century could be overwhelming if greenhouse gas emissions continue apace.

We’ll devote some of the money raised at the dinner to writing a couple of in-depth local natural resource stories, and I look forward to hearing more from readers about what you’d like to see covered. With sustainable funding, I can deliver solid and truly newsworthy environmental stories from the local area, but I can’t do it without your support and I can’t do it for free — this is not a hobby.

Doing good journalism takes resources and time, and I’ve already invested more than 15 years in learning about public land and water policy, forest health, climate change, endangered species and other topics I write about.

You can be a grassroots supporter of independent journalism by making a contribution to Summit Voice:

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If you’d like to become a business supporter, have a look at the link sponsorship ads in the sidebar. I would love to work with you and feature you as an ongoing supporter of independent reporting. Please contact me at bberwyn@comcast.net.

If you would specifically like to support the Climate Ranger project, reporting on global warming in the Rocky Mountains, please visit our Beacon Reader page, where your contribution will also give you access to a wealth of diverse independent reporting from around the world.

 

Just a few tickets left for the Sunshine Cafe Climate Ranger fundraising dinner!

ss2b&wflowers3Dear Summit Voice Readers,

We’re so grateful to the Sunshine Cafe for offering to host what is going to be a fun and unique chance to enjoy a good meal and learn about global warming in the Rocky Mountains this week.

For one night only Sept. 12), the Sunshine Cafe (once again crowned as Summit County’s favorite breakfast spot, will open at 6 p.m. for a fundraising dinner. Tickets are just $50 per person, and there will also be a silent auction with some Rocky Mountain photography and a few other quirky items.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit local environmental journalism by Summit Voice, and we’ll take input on story ideas at the dinner. We’ll also give a short presentation from our Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger Project, a series of road trips aimed at learning how climate change is affecting our beloved mountains.

If you are a Summit County or Colorado reader, please consider attending the dinner to show your support for Summit County environmental journalism. You can buy tickets at the PayPal link below, or contact Bob Berwyn via email or at 970-331-5996.

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