Morning photo: Deep winter

Mountains aglow …

FRISCO — There’s nothing better than a mountain sunrise or sunset on a crisp winter day, with deep snow all around to help diffuse the light and add sparkle to the air. For this set, I pulled a handful of images from the archives going back just a few weeks, starting around the time of the winter solstice. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Just another sunrise …

Colorado skies


FRISCO — When I woke up about 6 a.m. Sunday morning I saw a thin sliver of clear sky on the eastern horizon — the perfect setup for some early morning color. Of course you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Sometimes it all fades away, and other times, the sky really pops. All the images in this set were taken in a 45 minute span just off the Dillon Dam Road, showing the incredible range of hues and tones that a single sunrise can deliver. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Colorado: Feds eye fee increase for Vail Pass winter use

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Snowmobiling at Vail Pass.

Season pass would increase to $100

Staff Report

FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service wants to increase winter day use recreation fees at Vail Pass by a whopping 30 percent, from $6 to $9, while the price of a season pass would rise from $40 to $100.

The current fees have been in place for more than 10 years and the agency says it’s facing increased management costs in the heavily used recreation area. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter blues

Winter hues …


FRISCO — A couple of days ago I revisited one of my favorite photography spots along the Snake River, near Keystone, specifically to try and capture the many shades of blue and white that dominate winter light. The challenge is to get some detail in the bright white foreground and in the blue background shadows at the same time, which is only possible in a very short window of time (about 10 minutes) right after the sun rises but before it’s high enough to fully illuminate the background. The low sun angle also helps highlight details and texture in the snow cover. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Best of summer 2014

Sweetest season?

FRISCO — “Came for the winters, stayed for the summers,” is a common phrase in the Colorado high country, where ski bums have flocked for decades to sample powder and beer, then settled down to become part of the state’s mountain communities. It’s a season that all the sweeter because it’s so short. Sometimes it seems like the first wildflowers bloom just a few days after the last snowbanks melt away, so fast that if you blink you miss it. On the other hand, the days are long, so you can make each one count!

Morning photo: Best of spring 2014

Snowy days …


FRISCO —A few more of our favorite images from 2014, focusing on late winter and early spring, when the deepest snowpack of the years begins its inexorable meltdown. And while most people are enjoying daffodils and tulips, Summit County, at 9,000 feet, usually sees at least one or two snowstorms during the late spring, even down to the valley elevations. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Best of 2014

Winter to spring …

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Sky drama in the heart of winter, looking over Dillon Reservoir toward the Continental Divide.

FRISCO — Some spectacular scenes in the Colorado high country this year, with copious winter snows, stunning wave cloud sunsets and a wonderful summer monsoon, wildflower and mushroom season. Here are some of our favorite shots from the first few months of the year, covering deep winter to the first signs of spring in May. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images. Continue reading

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