Posted on May 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The view from Ptarmigan
FRISCO — For the full moon rise, we wandered a short distance up the Ptarmigan Trail, to one of the rocky outcrops near the top of the first steep pitch, thinking that we’d have a good vantage point. But the best-laid plans don’t always work out. On this evening, the moon rose directly behind Independence Mountain, near Keystone, which isn’t a bad thing in itself — it just means the moon didn’t rise quite as early as we anticipated. That means the sky is a bit darker, so there’s more contrast between the moon and the foreground, making it harded to get well-balanced exposure. But it’s always a treat to greet that glowing orb in its monthly journey, and our patience did yield a handful of decent images. If you like our lunar snapshots, please visit our online gallery at FineArt America for a great selection of Colorado landscapes. And if you want to get a few moonshots yourself, the best chance will be Sunda morning when the moon sets shortly after sunrise. (more…)
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Posted on May 24, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
All of Old Town Corfu nas been designated as a world heritage site in large part for its architecture.
FRISCO — Another fun theme for my favorite Twitter chat this week, as travelers and photographers from around the world are sharing images focusing on architecture. Starting off my #FriFotos post with a couple of pictures of arches seems appropriate, since arches have been, well, a keystone of architecture ever since people started laying one stone atop another. Join in the fun by uploading some pics with the #FriFotos hashtag — it should be a good one!
An arched opening in a thick stone wall in Hallstatt, Austria provides cover from a summer thunderstorm.
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Not a bad day
Still morning waters and long shadows on Dillon Reservoir.
FRISCO — A short set taken at the very beginning and the end of a spring day, starting with a morning walk at Pine Cove, where the Gore Range reflected beautifully in the rising waters of Dillon Reservoir. Visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more Summit County landscape photography. (more…)
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Some green grass, but at this rate, the aspens won’t bud out until June.
FRISCO —Chilly morning, warm afternoon, but spring is definitely in the air — finally! The creeks are running high and most of the local ponds are now ice-free, including Officers Gulch. All in all, a lovely day in the Colorado high country. If you like these snapshots, visit our online gallery at FineArt America for a great selection of Summit County landscape photography. (more…)
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Posted on May 20, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Here and there …
Nesting eagles at Dillon Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —A bit of a grab-bag of images in this week’s compendium, starting with the startling sight of a nesting bald eagle right in the heart of Summit County to some road scenes from a quick crosscountry drive. The best selection of Summit County landscape images is online at our FineArt America gallery, where you can order fine art prints, as well as greeting cards. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism in Colorado. (more…)
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Posted on May 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A manatee comes up for air in Florida’s Crystal River.
CRYSTAL RIVER — Getting a closeup look at marine mammals is always a treat. I believe we have a lot more in common with our ocean-going friends than we realize, and we should be trying to listen to what they have to say. This week, I had a chance to visit the Crystal River in Florida this week to look for manatees. The gentle vegetarians are protected by various federal and state laws, but they are still struggling due to extensive development and other human activities along the Florida coast. One of the best places to catch a glimpse of manatees is at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park about 45 minutes north of Tampa, Florida. Biologists at the park help rehabilitate manatees that have been injured by boat strikes, and from the park’s manatee observatory, it’s easy to see the deep scars on their backs. We’ve made some progress on protecting these magnificent marine mammals, but there’s more work to be done. (more…)
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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Water level to rise quickly the next few weeks
Monsoon lightning over a dwindling Dillon Reservoir in July 2012.
FRISCO — After months of so-so snowfall, Mother Nature opened the taps in April and early May, delivering well above-average precipitation. Denver Water’s latest projections suggest that Dillon Reservoir may come close to filling this summer, a huge turnaround from earlier predictions. This body of water in the heart of Summit County is gorgeous even when levels are low. In fact, I enjoyed cruising around the shoreline last summer and fall and finding new spots that aren’t accessible when the reservoir is at an average level, but it’s still nice to know that boaters will be able to enjoy nearly the full expanse of Dillon Reservoir this summer.
This November 2012 moonrise scene was photographed from a spot that would normally be under a few feet of water.
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Posted on May 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Buttercups bloomed this week, the first wildflowers after a long winter.
FRISCO — After a few false starts, it appears that spring has truly sprung in the Colorado high country, though it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it snows once (or twice) more before all is said and done. But the past few days, we’ve experienced beneficial moistening rains and the Earth is responding in overdrive. Grass and other plants are growing almost visibly from day to day, the first few wildflowers have popped and streams are swelling in their banks. Even after many years living high in the mountains, the speed always surprises me a little. Our native plants, adapted to a short growing season, seem to know there’s no time to waste.
The sun, captured in a raindrop.
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Posted on May 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fire in the sky
Changing weather …
FRISCO —Working on a story today about the formation of cirrus clouds made me realize how intrinsic clouds are to my photography. Yes, a clear blue sky is wonderful if your out trying get a tan, but for a dramatic image, there’s nothing like a roiling thundercloud, or a layered wave cloud lighting up in the fiery light of dawn. When I look out the window before heading out the door, it’s usually for a cloud check, trying to assess whether there’s going to be some good color in the morning or evening sky. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite cloud shots from the past six months here and invite you to visit our online FineArt America gallery for a selection of Summit County landscapes, available as fine are prints or greeting cards. (more…)
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Posted on May 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
FRISCO —Re-editing some pics from a big summer road trip two years ago — two dogs, three people, a beat-up 1998 Nissan Pathfinder and about 6,000 miles through Wyoming, South Dakota, then down the Mississippi all the way to the mouth of the great river, and finally, southwestern Florida … fishing, fried pickles and an awesome dog beach where both the dogs enjoyed their first (and so far only) swim in the ocean.
Back along the Gulf Coast, San Antonio, west Texas during big summer heatwave and drought of 2011, with temps in 100-and-teens, and into New Mexico just in time to watch the Las Conchas Fire erupt north of Santa Fe. All that’s left now are some pretty amazing memories, and, of course, a LOT of photos. (more…)
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