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Morning photo: High Rockies

The alpine zone

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How will furry denizens of the high alpine zone in the Rocky Mountains fare as the climate warms? Find out by following the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger project.

FRISCO — Had a chance to visit Mt. Evans with my family over the weekend! We got a good look at some classic Colorado wildlife, enjoyed the tundra in full bloom and just narrowly escaped a wicked hailstorm, although we did see the aftermath, with quarter-size hail whitening the ground. It was also fun to see the normally white trunks of the bristlecone pines stained reddish-brown by a heavy rain. And, finally, we’re happy to report that the wild mushrooms are starting to pop. Also happy to report that our Climate Ranger project has reached it’s initial funding goal: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/rocky-mountain-climate-rangers

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Stomping grounds

Colorado wildflowers

Penstemon, two-foot tall, along the shore of Dillon Reservoir near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Yes, it’s fun to visit foreign locales, sample exotic food and take photos of new and different subjects. But you don’t always have to venture far to get a good shot. All the images in this set were taking in places where we walk our dogs on a daily basis, in some cases, right in our neighborhood, or more accurately where our neighborhood edges against the open space at the edge of Dillon Reservoir. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding a new perspective in a familiar place. Check out my Instagram feed for daily updates and visit my online Fine Art America gallery to buy fine art prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Four Corners magic

From the archives …

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Somewhere in the desert …

FRISCO — If you’ve never wandered down across that strange and wonderful spot where Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico all come together, it’s time to get on the road and check it out. Of course the Four Corners monument itself has bcome quite the tourist attraction, but the surrounding countryside is classic American desert, with vast swaths of sagebrush leading up to piñon and juniper dotted mesas. You won’t get any guarantees that the light will be good, but last time Leigh and I passed through the area (It’s been a while), it was pure magic. Continue reading

Morning photo: Take 2!

Mountain view

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Mount if the Holy Cross from near Shrine Pass.

FRISCO — This set is a grab-bag of images from the past week or so, including a very early morning trek up to the Vail Pass area. Right now, we’re definitely in high summer in terms of light. The rest of the year, details of the mountain faces are often hidden by long shadows, but the high summer sun angle reveals details that you can’t see the rest of the year.

Summit Voice readers, if you enjoy our daily photo posts, please have a look at the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger Project. We are trying to fund a two month reporting trek to do some some in-depth reporting on how global warming is changing the Rockies. Along with the stories, we’ll have live social media chats and we will be doing plenty of photography to be featured in our morning photo series.

It’s a crowdfunded project and we need your help to make it happen. Every little bit helps, and if you’re feeling generous, you can earn a free dinner at the Sunshine Cafe in Dillon, along with framed fine art prints from the Summit Voice gallery. Please visit the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger project pledge page and share the link with your friends! Continue reading

Morning photo: Flower power!

Fresh blooms …

Tundra wildflowers, Loveland Pass, Colorado.

Tundra wildflowers, Loveland Pass, Colorado.

FRISCO — It’s that sweet time of year when high country wildflower start to go nuts, I’ve never seen as many tall blue penstemon as in the past few days, which makes me realize that the flowers have their own cycles and rhythms that we can’t begin to understand yet. So on Tuesday morning, I ventured up to the Shrine Pass area to have a look, but the bulk of the blooming is still ahead. Still, using back-lighting, careful composition and the iPone camera’s HDR option, I was able to scare up a couple of decent shots. Continue reading

Morning photo: Best and brightest?

Kodachrome moments in Colorado

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As Dillon Reservoir filled, it inundated shoreline meadows, creating a weird dynamic ecosystem at water’s edge. Rapid, cyclical fluctuations in water levels is part of what makes reservoirs big sources of greenhouse gases.

FRISCO — So many spots, so close to home! What a blessing, as a photographer, to live in an area with so many photo ops, from daisies bathed by the morning sun, to the warm alpenglow on Peak 1. The daisies, of course, are growing right outside our front door in a raised flowerbed in one of the most densely populated areas in Summit County. All the rest of the shots are taken within a few miles our Frisco home, Enjoy!

dew drops on daisies ...

dew drops on daisies …

Same sunset, different angle, different Instagram filter.

Same sunset, different angle, different Instagram filter.

Early morning Columbine along Swan Mountain Road.

Early morning Columbine along Swan Mountain Road.

cooling it off!

cooling it off!

 

Morning photo: Summit skies IV

Super moon, and then some …

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The July “super moon” sets over Peak 1 in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — A few lovely days and evenings in Summit County yielded a handful of fine images showcasing summery Colorado skies, and after an early morning dash around Dillon Reservoir, I even managed to get a halfway decent shot of the moon setting right behind Peak 1. I know the daily showers during monsoon season aren’t the most popular with anyone hoping to spend the whole day outside, but as a photographer, I really appreciate the color and texture of the clouds. If you like our daily snapshots please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

More iPhoneography

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Wood arch.

FRISCO — I’ve been to this little cove (photo above) at Dillon Reservoir more than 100 times in the past five years, but a few weeks ago found a new perspective by crawling on my belly. It’s one of the things I love about photography — it helps me look at things in a new light. In this case, I was shooting social media shots for a wildflower Twitter Series by @CopperCondos and really wanted something fresh. I took about 10 shots, tilting the iPhone vertically into different positions, knowing that the smartphone’s incredibly smart sensor would give me at least a couple of images with good light balance, and using the HDR setting also helped get some of the wood detail and good lighting on the mid-ground flowers. It lost sharpness from cropping and Instagram filters. At some point I’ll edit the original file with out the filters to see if I can get the same vibrancy but more crispness. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain glory

Got sky?

An iPhone shot captures sunset light over the Gore Range.

An iPhone shot captures sunset light over the Gore Range.

FRISCO — It wasn’t until I finished posting this set that I realized how clouds are featured in every shot — although I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. Try to imagine how any of these scenes would have looked with an empty blue sky. Still nice, probably, but not nearly as dramatic. In fact, the clouds really alter the quality of the light, especially in the Peak 1 shot, and it’s really all about the clouds in the Dillon Reservoir scene. With the monsoon gradually building, it’s time to grab your camera and head for the hills. Send us some of your images and we’ll feature them in an upcoming photo essay, and don’t forget to check out our online gallery at Fine Art America! Continue reading

Morning photo: Colorado sunset

Can you feel it?

A Bierstadt moment in Colorado.

A Bierstadt moment in Colorado.

FRISCO — We cruised down to one of our favorite Gore Range overlooks a couple of days ago on an afternoon when the clouds looked promising (from a photography standpoint) and weren’t disappointed. OK, so we didn’t get a firecracker sky, but some of the subtle glows that played across the craggy summits of the peaks were extraordinary. Here’s  a sample of the shots we got, and there are more Summit County nature and landscape images available for purchase at our online Fine Art America gallery. Support the arts and independent journalism with your purchase of prints or notecards! Continue reading

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