Posted on January 28, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A patchwork of drill pads connected by a spiderweb of roads in northeastern Utah.
‘Wildlife habitat goals cannot be realized by merely establishing grasses …’
FRISCO — Restoring areas after drilling and fracking requires more than just spreading out some dirt and sprinkling a few grass seeds around, according to two Colorado scientists who took a close look at 10 drilling sites in Rio Blanco County.
After sampling two undisturbed reference sites and eight reclaimed or abandoned natural gas well pads, they found that none of the oil and gas well pads included in the study had returned to a pre-drilling, condition — even those that had had 20 to 50 years to recover. Continue reading
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Posted on January 26, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
What a show!
Looking east early in the sunset with direct light on the Continental Divide.
Looking west at the moment of most intense color, which lasted for barely three minutes.
Just the right combination of afterglow and cloud reflection.
FRISCO — A few nights ago Leigh and I wandered out quite a ways onto Dillon Reservoir to enjoy the quiet snowfields with our dogs. As a bonus, we enjoyed a great sunset, and what struck me once again was how suddenly and dramatically the shades, hues and overall tone of the sky can change. All four of these shots were taken from almost the same place, west of Heaton Bay campground, in the span of about 30 minutes.
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Posted on January 24, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Big sky, rich color over the Continental Divide.
Early winter clear ice forming on Dillon Reservoir.
This kind of light lasts only for a fleeting moment!
Snake River dawn.
FRISCO — Sometimes words are superfluous …
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Posted on January 22, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A radio-collared lynx in Colorado. Photo courtesy CPW.
SW Colorado field project will assess habitat occupancy, population trends
FRISCO — Colorado biologists have launched an ambitious monitoring program aimed at learning whether the state’s population of reintroduced and native-born lynx is holding steady.
The monitoring will cover more than 5,000 miles in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, including six wilderness areas: Weminuche, Uncompahgre, Lizard Head, Powderhorn, La Garita Mount Sneffels, and South San Juan. Continue reading
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Posted on January 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A male Gunnison sage-grouse struts as part of its spring mating ritual. Photo courtesy BLM.
Wildlife advocates say dwindling birds need full protection of Endangered Species Act
FRISCO — Dwindling Gunnison sage-grouse will have to wait a bit long to find out what kind of endangered species protection — if any — they will get.
Following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to list the birds as threatened, the agency faces twin lawsuits — one from the State of Colorado, which claims that the birds shouldn’t be listed at all, and another from conservation groups seeking to give the birds the highest level of protection under an “endangered” listing. Continue reading
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Posted on January 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
“Morning has broken …”
Morning color over the Tenmile Range.
Back in November …
Dawn on Swan Mountain, Summit County, Colorado.
Lodgepole pine graveyard, Swan Mountain.
FRISCO —Sometimes the sunrise colors in the Colorado Rockies are beyond words and almost beyond belief — and that’s when a camera is good. This set includes a series of images starting in November, when Dillon Reservoir was still unfrozen, to just a few days ago (Sunday morning) up on Swan Mountain. Follow our Instagram feed
for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America
to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.
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Posted on January 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Sky shots, mostly …
Amazing ice/sky pano at the Dillon Amphitheater in Summit County, Colorado, January 2014.
Change of pace – chickadee scouring an informal camp site along a Forest Service road near Frisco.
Wicked looking wave clouds stacking up over the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado. January 2014.
FRISCO —Some lovely January days recently, with a bit of a thaw, although it’s far from being a total meltdown. Summit County has been on the ragged fringe of the storm track the past few weeks, which is good for photography (maybe not so great for skiing). But it means that we get wave clouds stacking dramatically over the high peaks – check out this Instagram timelapse video
to see how they move – and gusty winds help fill in some of the many tracks criss-crossing the snowfields, creating the visual illusion of pristine.
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