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

Friday Fotos: Evening light

The golden hour …

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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. Continue reading

Morning photo: Far-flung

Travel dreams …

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The Burren, an extensive karst formation in northwest Ireland.

FRISCO — A quick spin to some far-flung corners of the globe for some armchair travel in today’s photo essay … from Europe to the Caribbean, back to the Balkans and finally Patagonia, which really is as close to the ends of the Earth that you can get. Hey, a vicarious trip is better than no trip at all, right? Check our online gallery at FineArt America for more landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Harbor scenes

Sail away …

The harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ours was the smaller, blue-hulled boat, and we were thankful.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Long before railway stations and airports, intrepid explorers set out on their adventures from seaside cities where the port was the center of commercial, civic and cultural life.

In many coastal towns, harbors are still the hub, with roads and train tracks radiating outward to carry goods to inland destinations. It doesn’t take much in the way of imagination to conjure up exotic destinations when you’re standing at a quay looking at ships flying foreign flags. So it was fun compiling a few of my favorite harbor shots for #FriFotos. Join the fun by uploading your favorite harbor scenes, tagging them with #FriFotos and join in the Twitter conversation.

Dusk falls over the harbor of Cassis, France.

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Photos: Rooftop views …

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High above the rooftops of Gjirokastra, Albania. Click for more.

SUMMIT COUNTY — What with uranium milling court decisions, wildfires, global warming and drought here in Colorado, my day-to-day reporting duties have been keeping me quite busy. But I couldn’t resist a quick assemblage of some of my favorite rooftop views for the ever-popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, always a great way to end a busy week. Shout-out to @EpsteinTravels for the weekly dose of inspiration! Continue reading

Morning Photo: Village scenes

Bigger than a hamlet, smaller than a town …

The town square in Brignoles, France.

SUMMIT COUNTY — There are always some semantics involved when it comes to determining what, exactly, a village is. The dictionary is not much help, most often describing a village as “bigger than a hamlet, smaller than a town.” Can anyone name an actual “hamlet,” please? In the end, I think village-ness is more a state of mind that anything else … Continue reading

Morning photo: Townscapes

Around the world with Summit Voice

Old Town Corfu, a world heritage district.

SUMMIT COUNTY — I often view cities and towns merely as portals to the countryside beyond, but some towns have a distinctively pleasant aura, inviting travelers to linger and explore. Some are well-known tourist havens, others are obscure settlements that just happen to be at a rail crossroads. Here are a few recent favorites from the Summit Voice travel archives.

The old town square in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Morning photo: Exotic

From Antarctica to Albania …

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota are filled with exotic orchids. Click for more.

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the time in a while, I was able to compile a short photo essay based on the theme of the popular #FriFotos twitter chat, founded by travel pro and all-around good guy @EpsteinTravels. This week’s theme is “exotic,” and I struggled a bit, because when I think about what’s exotic to me, it doesn’t include the places I’ve already been. Instead, I think Madagascar, one of my dream destinations — now THAT’S exotic! But since I haven’t been there yet, I don’t have any photos. So given that conundrum, I broadened my definition just a bit and had some fun with it. For example, the following picture, which shows belly dancers participating in a July 4th parade in a Colorado mountain town. I think that’s just as exotic as a ring-tailed lemur in Madagascar. Join in by searching Twitter for the #FriFotos hashtag and post your own pics. It’s a great way to end the work week and roll into the weekend. Continue reading

Morning photo: Euro tourism

A few places to visit …

Fishermen in the harbor of Saranda, Albania.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Since today’s Summit Voice features a couple of stories on European tourism, we thought we’d include a photo essay showcasing some of our favorite spots around the Mediterranean. Check out the related stories:

Europe tourism exceeds expectations so far in 2011

U.S. travel to Europe continues slow rebound

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Morning photo: Travelogue

Here and there …

The Naples waterfront glows in this evening scene.

SUMMIT COUNTY — A few favorite scenes from the Summit Voice travel archives. Most of the images link to travel features, so have fun exploring a few interesting areas with us. Continue reading

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