Morning photo: Emergent

Earth tones

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Emergent sage, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Summit County gleamed white once again after a quick overnight storm dropped a few more inches of snow, the latest wave in a seemingly endless onslaught of winter. But it only took a few hours of warm spring sunshine start the inexorable thaw process in the valleys, where — surprise — there’s already a bit of brown earth showing. Melting snow on emergent sage has to be one of the best smells in the world, and if you don’t believe me, take a stroll along the Oro Grande trail in Dillon. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature photography.

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Morning photo: Saturday set

Fire and ice revisited

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Daybreak.

FRISCO — Sometimes, when the fiery sun rises in a winter sky, it seems so improbable that the snow and ice can persist under the solar rays. But don’t be fooled by the hot colors — these images were all snapped on days when the temperature was well below freezing. If you enjoy our daily Summit Voice photo essays, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature photos.

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Misty dawn.

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Alpen glow on the Continental Divide.

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Peaceful sky over Buffalo Mountain.

Sundog at sunrise, Frisco, Colorado.

Sundog at sunrise, Frisco, Colorado.

Morning photo: Summer daydream

The flip side …

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Morning dew near Straight Creek, in Dillon, Colorado.

FRISCO — The new snow Thursday morning wasn’t unwelcome, but it did spur a quick pang of yearning for warmer days, so I searched the Summit Voice archives for some of my favorite summer scenes, feeling the heat of the summer season, at least virtually. Check our online gallery for more Summit County nature and landscape images.

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Morning photo: Cloud 9

Vaporous …

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Collapsing thunderstorm.

FRISCO — Clouds. We often take them for granted, or see them as a nuisance if we’re in the mood for a bright, sunny day, but clouds are, of course, an essential part of the cycle of life on this planet, transporting water vapor throughout the atmosphere, distributing moisture and affecting climate in ways we are just beginning to understand. For a photographer, clouds are often the perfect foil for landscape shots, helping to soften the light and add drama to what otherwise might just be a blank space. Even if you’re not a photographer, take some time one of these days to check out what’s going on in the sky above you. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature shots.

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Morning photo: Lilting colors

Gleaming

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Unfiltered light along Dillon Reservoir that lasted just a brief moment during a dazzling November sunrise.

FRISCO — There are moments when the light in the mountains is almost unbearably exquisite, moments when you have to rub your eyes to make sure not in a dream. Those moments don’t always translate into perfect pictures but sometimes it all comes together. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more landscape portraits of Summit County.

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Morning photo: Winter’s last gasp?

Comes a time …

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March sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Comes a time each year when you know that winter is on its way out, but just doesn’t want to let go quite yet. While lowlanders enjoy emerging snowdrops and daffodils, high country dwellers are chipping away at several months worth of ice buildup from their drives. For me, everytime there’s a late winter or early spring storm, I’m wondering it it’s going to be the last opportunity to take one more set of snow pics. This set includes images from the last few years all taken in the last two weeks of winter. Continue reading

Morning photo: Equinox!

It can go either way!

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It seems the first few willow buds start to open right around the vernal equinox, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

FRISCO —Winter or spring? The equinox is on the cusp, and if there’s anything I’ve learned after living in western mountain towns for 25 years, it’s that you just never know. Some years, like in 2012, there’s an early melt, and even though you know it probably means heightened fire danger and drought conditions, you welcome it, because the winter has been long enough. Some years, it’s just right, a few warm, sunny days followed by a shot of spring snowfall … And then, there’s this year, when winter really doesn’t want to ease its grip. Continue reading

Morning photo: Little miracles

Day by day …

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Spring raindrops cling to a willow branch in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — All things considered, every day is a little miracle on this great spinning blue marble of ours. For all the hubbub of daily life, the sun keeps coming up, seasons change, plants grow … snow falls and melts. Even if the face of chaos, there’s a soothing rhythm to the cycles of nature, a place of solace and comfort. Take a minute each day to drink it all in. Step outside, take a deep breath and get grounded! Click on the images to see them full size, and visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more landscape, nature and travel images.
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Morning photo: Sunday in Saranda

Lazin’ in the sunshine …

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By the fountain.

FRISCO —As different and exotic as Albania may seem, the people there enjoy the same simple pleasures we all do, like taking time out to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon. After I enjoyed Sunday’s sunshine here in Frisco, I came upon a set of images taken a few years ago in Saranda, a harbor and resort town along the edge of the Ionian Sea. Just like Summit County, Saranda is a popular tourist destination, but when Leigh and I visited in late September, it was off season. And just like Summit County, locals were taking it easy and enjoying the respite from waves of visitors. Continue reading

Morning photo: Got snow?

We do!

Deep in the Gore Range.

Deep in the Gore Range.

FRISCO —Mid-March, Friends are posting pictures of crocuses, daffodils and forsythia blooming outdoors, as well as meadows greening up and trees starting to bud out — but not here in the high country, where winter still grips the land. Here’s how it looked March 15, 2014 around Summit County. Continue reading

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