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Morning photo: Water vapor

Cloudscapes …

An impressive pile of clouds over the Continental Divide at sunset.

An impressive pile of clouds over the Continental Divide at sunset.

FRISCO — Now that we’ve had a couple of more normal June-type days (hot and windy), I’m already missing all the moisture we enjoyed last month, mainly because it’s the key ingredient for the formation of interesting clouds in Summit County skies. We probably don’t need any more rain right now, considering that stream flows are near all-time record highs, but just remember, three weeks of weather like today and some forests, especially at lower elevations, will be susceptible to wildfire. In Colorado, you’re really never more than a few dry months away from a drought, so enjoy the wetness while you can. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Here and there …

April awesomeness

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At the edge of the meadow.

FRISCO — A couple of quick jaunts through Summit County this weekend yielded a few decent snapshot, including the muted sunset in the first image, brought to life with th iPhone’s HDR option, not to mention some Instagram editing. Along with the scenic shots of Summit County, I got up close and personal with a couple of roadside embankments, exploring the emerging mosses and icicles. If you enjoy our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Endless winter?

Midwinter …

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A roadside scene between Frisco and Breckenridge. The mounds of snow are settlement cones, showing how the surrounding snowpack has consolidated, while being suspended in the immediate vicinity of the small trees.

FRISCO —The hills and valleys of Summit County are probably about as snow-covered as they’re going to get this year, although the latest forecasts call for the stormy flow off the Pacific to continue into the foreseeable future. It’s not every winter that the lower elevations get this much snow, so it’s been fun to see the seasonal transformation of familiar spots. I’m sure that some people are starting to have spring thoughts right now, but I’m ready for another month of snowfall — Let’s see how deep into winter we can go! Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Ice revisited …

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Frozen in time.

FRISCO — Local streams and lakes have long since frozen over completely and are now buried under several feet of snow, but memories — and photographs — of the ice season remain. Here’s what it looked like in Summit County just a couple of months ago on the cusp of the seasons. Be sure to visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape photography. Continue reading

Morning photo: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Weekend whimsy

Camera play

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Sunday morning, down at the end of our street.

FRISCO — A few shots and edits from the weekend … Continue reading

Morning photo: 2d string …

(Im)perfection

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I struggled with this scene. I was captivated by the mist draping over the trees, but to see it, I had to zoom in, which cost me the context of the surrounding landscape.

FRISCO — For all the pictures I post, there are many more that nobody ever sees except me — thousands, to be sure. Some of the images are not where I want them to be technically, in terms of exposure, grain or tone, while others are only partially successful compositions. In some cases, the images just don’t live up to the expectation I had when I snapped the shutter. But they all contribute to my continuing education as a photographer, and when I scroll back through my archives I’m glad they’re there. Continue reading

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