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Morning photo: Divine daybreak

November scenes …

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Light frost on the grass and an exceptional morning glow in early November.

FRISCO — I’ve often said November is the best month for sunrise photos in Summit County and this year was no exception. The atmospheric conditions — with frequent formation of wave clouds over the Rockies — seem to combine with a good sun angle to create almost unbelievably brilliant scenes, especially with still unfrozen waters of Dillon Reservoir as a mirror, and best of all, you don’t have to get up all that early to catch it, with the best colors peaking between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Mountain scenes …

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Just a brief moment of alpenglow this morning.

FRISCO — Morning alpenglow is my favorite. That’s all! Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain magic

Wave clouds

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A wave cloud sunrise over Dillon Reservoir and Keystone Ski Area.

FRISCO — Great wave clouds the last few days enhanced the morning and evening light, making for some great photo ops! The clouds form when high-elevation winds stream directly toward the mountains and the air is pushed high into the atmosphere in a standing wave, similar to a wave in a river — because that’s what it is, a standing wave in an atmospheric river of air. Pretty hard to explain unless you see a good timelapse video like this one. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings and gratitude from the Rocky Mountains

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

FRISCO — I’m so very grateful for all the loyal longtime Summit Voice readers and supporters — too many to name — and for new readers. Enjoy the environmental news feed again starting tomorrow and help spread the word about independent environmental journalism.

Morning photo: Ice!

Watching winter …

FRISCO — Sure, we all love snow, but I say ice is underrated. There’s such beauty in watching winter take hold across streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Later in the winter it will all be covered with snow, so now’s the time to venture out to the edge of the water and watch the weird and wonderful development of the mountain cryosphere. At times, you can hear the ice sing and ping as it stretches, cracks and grows. In other places, where shards of ice are blown by the wind, it can sound like thousands of little ringing bells. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado.

Morning photo: Winter glow

Snow!

Fresh snow on Tenmile Creek in Summit County, Colorado.

November snow on Tenmile Creek in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Usually in mid-November I’m waiting for snow, photographing ice formations on local creeks. But this year, the snow came before the ice, which means that some familiar spots look quite different. It’ll be interesting to see how the ice forms this year, as the snow is sure to be a factor in shaping the process. In some cases, the snow appears to insulate the streams from the cold air, inhibiting ice, but in other places, the spray from the creeks will saturate the snow and gradually turn it into ice … stay tuned for more! Continue reading

Morning photo: First storm

Crystalline magic

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Morning mist over Dillon, Colorado.

FRISCO — Winter landed all at once in Summit County, with a storm that delivered several feet of snow to the mountains and valleys. The seasonal transformation happens every year, but it’s still a miracle to see it unfold, with a soft and cold blanket of white settling over the land. to stay in place for half a year, through mid-April or so. Welcome back, winter! Continue reading

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