Posted on November 13, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Broad-tailed hummingbirds may have a hard time finding food during the short breeding season as temperatures in the Colorado Rocky Mountains continue to warm steadily. bberwyn photo.
Earlier nesting and breeding observed in some species
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Some birds are nesting and hatching earlier because of steadily increasing global temperatures, and that may be driving earlier migration in some species according to scientists with the University of East Anglia.
Changes in migration timing has already been linked with a biological disconnect between some species and their primary food sources, for example hummingbirds that fly to the southern Rocky Mountains, as well as purple martins that fly from South America to eastern North America. Both species arrival is increasingly out of synch with key food sources.
“We have known that birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year … particularly those that migrate over shorter distances,” said Lead researcher Dr. Jenny Gill from UEA’s school of Biological Sciences. “But the reason why has puzzled bird experts for years. It’s a particularly important question because the species which are not migrating earlier are declining in numbers.” (more…)
Filed under: biodiversity, climate and weather, Environment, global warming, Iceland | Tagged: Birds, Environment, global warming, migration, phenology | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Iceland revisited …
In the midst of wildness, farmers, going back to the Viking days, have eked out some patches of cultivated land. Click on the image to see it full-sized.
FRISCO — I always wait a few weeks before I go back to a set of images and get serious about deleting the shots that don’t measure up. Sometimes, they’re just slightly out of focus, other times I don’t like the composition, or the lighting just wasn’t quite right. Some images just don’t hold any interest because they lack strong lines, or they’re just empty.
In the series of pictures I shot during a recent visit to Iceland, there are a number of scenes that emphasize the open spaces, which dominate much of the country’s landscape. I had earmarked a bunch of shots for deletion, but before making the final cut, I went back one more time and found a few that showcase the scale of the countryside in the remote West Fjords, choosing images that at least had some interesting lines or light-play — something to draw the eye! Click on the images to see them full-size, And please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. (more…)
Filed under: Iceland, Morning photo, photography, Travel | Tagged: Iceland, photography, Travel, West Fjords | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Emerging economies lead the way
Europe reported strong tourism growth during the first eight months of 2013.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Global tourism continued to grow steadily during the first eight months of 2013, according to the World Tourism Organization, which tallied an increase of 5 percent from January to August 2013 compared to the same period last year.
The best-performing regions were Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East. For the year to-date, tourist arrivals totaled 747 million worldwide, up 38 million from last year, when global tourist arrivals topped 1 billion for the first time ever.
International arrivals topped 125 million in both July and August, while in June the 100 million arrivals mark was exceeded for the first time. (more…)
Filed under: tourism, Travel | Tagged: business, economy, Europe, global tourism, Taleb Rifai, Tourism, Travel, World Tourism Organization | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The golden hour …
Close to home — A winter evening in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —Another great #FriFotos theme that’s right up my alley, because there’s nothing I like better than getting out and about during that magical evening hour when even the most mundane scene can come alive with an otherworldly glow. In fact, shooting in the evening is a bit of an obsession that sometimes means my family doesn’t get dinner until quite late, especially in the summer, when sunset is late to begin with. But Leigh and Dylan tolerate, and even encourage me, which means I’ve had the chance to get some pretty amazing shots. I’m looking forward to seeing evening scenes from around the world streaming on Twitter and Instagram today, and you can join in the fun by uploading your own evening pics and tagging them with #FriFotos — then, sit back and enjoy the show. (more…)
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Posted on October 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
CDOT planning major highway improvements in 2014.
Peak-period shoulder toll lane to ease eastbound congestion; CDOT hopes to finish the work by 2015
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — As soon as they finish with the current I-70 construction around the Twin Tunnel segment, Colorado Department of Transportation engineers will set their sights on another project aimed at easing eastbound traffic congestion on the busy Colorado east-west interstate.
A nine-mile section of peak-period shoulder lanes from Empire Junction to the Twin Tunnels could loosen up Sunday afternoon traffic jams by providing three lanes from the junction all the way back to Denver, said CDOT mountain corridor manager Jim Bemelen.
The estimated cost for improving the shoulders is about $30 million, and funding for the project has been approved as part of a statewide $560 million slate of upgrades under the Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) program, announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper and CDOT director Don Hunt this week. (more…)
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Posted on October 18, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Vibrant season …
Brilliant fall colors form a backdrop to the Hraunfoss waterfall, formed where springs flow between lava formations into the Hvitá River, near Reykholt, Iceland.
FRISCO — Fall is definitely one of my favorite photography seasons. After the calm, peaceful summer months, earth and sky seem to be jarred out of stasis, suddenly shifting toward a new season. So when #FriFotos invited me to co-host this week’s Twitter chat with a fall theme, I was pretty happy. A September visit to Iceland with @CoTravGirl yielded a ton of fun images — we weren’t really sure what to expect, and the brilliant foilage of the island’s tundra vegetation was an unexpected bonus. Plus, I knew I’d be able to use a couple of pictures of waterfalls, which also fits the “fall” theme. And, of course, Colorado can’t be beat when it comes to foilage. For a few short weeks each year in late September and early October, the aspen forests change in a blaze of color before giving way to the quiet silvery, gray and white tones of winter.
Join in the Twitter fun by uploading your favorite fall pictures to Twitter or Instagram and be sure tag them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show. There are sure to be amazing fall pictures from all over the world!
In the Colorado high country, fall and winter often mingle, like in this scene, photographed from deck of the Summit Voice office.
Filed under: Colorado, Iceland, Morning photo, photography, seasons, Travel | Tagged: #FriFotos, Colorado, fall, fall colors, instagram, photography | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Amazing land and seascapes
The West Fjords of Iceland claw into the North Atlantic.
FRISCO — Iceland is fairly remote to begin with, as far as remoteness goes in the era of jet travel, and the West Fjords, a cluster of mountainous peninsulas jutting northwest toward Greenland, may be the most remote part of the North Atlantic island. Probably any traveler worth his or her salt would look at a map of the country and automatically be drawn toward the region, where only a few roads have been carved along and over the steep walls of the fjords. Towns are few and far between, but hot springs are plentiful, and if you go far enough, you’ll end up at Látravík, considered to be the westernmost point of Europe and home to one of the North Atlantic’s key seabird rookeries. Magical light, magnificent scenery and plenty of peace and quiet are the hallmarks of the area, and we’re already plotting a return visit. (more…)
Filed under: Iceland, Morning photo, photography, Travel | Tagged: Iceland, photography, Travel, West Fjords | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Remote and pristine …
An iPhone pano in the West Fjords captures some of the vastness of this remote landscape.
FRISCO — Pristine is an over-used word when it comes to landscapes, but in Iceland, it seems to apply more than in many other places. The island itself is far from most other landmasses and population centers, and the sparse population means there isn’t nearly as much detritus as in many parts of the world. For a photographer, that means unblemished vistas and untouched scenery. You almost have to go out of your way to find a structure to give some of the scenes a sense of scale. All in all, Iceland is a photographer’s dream. Even when the mists and rain roll in, the ensuing light can be magical.
The Hvítá River carves a dramatic canyon through the lava landscape at the Hraunfossar waterfall in iceland.
Filed under: Europe, Iceland, Morning photo, photography, Travel | Tagged: Iceland, landscape photography, Travel, West Fjords | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Contentious meeting ends with small step forward
A passenger jet flies above the mountains of Greenland. bberwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The international aviation community last week took another small step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions by agreeing to develop a global market-based measure to cap international aviation’s carbon pollution at 2020 levels.
The International Civil Aviation Organization
agreed to finalize what will likely be a cap and trade
emissions program by 2016 in a meeting that was marked by uncertainty until the very end, according to Environmental Defense Fund
attorney Annie Petsonk, who has been watch-dogging the aviation industry.
According to the EDF, if aviation were a country, it would rank among the world’s top ten largest emitters, and it is one of the fastest growing sources of global warming pollution. (more…)
Filed under: climate and weather, Environment, global warming, Travel | Tagged: airline emissions, climate, Emissions trading, Environmental Defense Fund, global warming, ICAO, International Civil Aviation Organization | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fallow fields in Grand Junction, Colorado, with the Grand Mesa as a backdrop.
FRISCO — I haven’t joined in the #FriFotos Twitter chat for a few months, but when I saw this week’s topic, I did a quick scan of the Summit Voice archives to find some of my favorite pictures of fields around the world, starting right here at home in Colorado and ranging as far as Iceland and Antarctica. On a recent trip, Leigh and I had a chance to visit Iceland, and amidst the wondrous ice fields and stunning coastline, we were fascinated by the lava fields, some of which are carpeted with a squishy, thick layer of moss. Upload your field photos via Flickr, Twitter or Instagram, tag them with #FriFotos and then enjoy the global slide show! (more…)
Filed under: agriculture, Austria, Colorado, Europe, Iceland, Morning photo, photography, Travel, West | Tagged: #FriFotos, Colorado, Europe, fields, Iceland, mobile photography, photography, Travel, West | Leave a Comment »