Posted on November 24, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fresh snow glow …
Rose hips add a splash of color to the snowy scene along North Tenmile Creek.
FRISCO — Nothing like a little fresh snow to remake the world, and when the storm clears in time for a sunrise, well, so much the better. So I’m taking a short break from posting the month-by-month calendar pictures to share these shots from Saturday morning along North Tenmile Creek, and we’ll return to our regularly scheduled broadcast tomorrow … If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. (more…)
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Posted on November 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Spring begins …
March sunset over Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO —By the calendar, March is the first month of spring, at least after the vernal equinox. But in the Colorado high country, it’s also the month that the snow piles up deepest, leading to a bit of a seasonal paradox. Some days can be warm and sunny, and then it can turn around and snow like the dickens the next day, so never a dull moment. We’ve even seen thunder and lightning during those first spring thunderstorms. At any rate, here are a few pics, one of which will be featured on the March page of the 2013 Summit Voice calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. (more…)
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Posted on November 22, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
More calendar pics …
February snow blankets the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —I always think of February as the heart of winter, even though the days are definitely starting to get longer, with the vernal equinox just a few weeks off. But it seems like (and the photos in the Summit Voice archive support this) that the snow always lies deep in February, even in those low-snow years. I definitely have a favorite in this batch and you might be surprised to know which one it is. One of these shots will be featured on the February page of the Summit Voice calendar, and if you have any strong feelings about it one way or another, please let us know by leaving a comment in the box below. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. (more…)
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Posted on November 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — A random roadside snap at the Loveland Pass pickup zone ended up making me think about the quality of winter light. During this time of year, just a month from the solstice, the blueness definitely prevails, even when there’s a bit of direct sunlight in the scene. For a while, I tried to fight it, using post-processing and Instagram filters (on iPhone shots) to try and banish the shadows and warm the tones. But since blue is my favorite color to begin with, I’ve learned to go with it, and even seek it out, especially along the local streams, where the blue ice is quite eye-catching. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. (more…)
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Posted on November 18, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Other times I can barely see …
Autumn light slants across the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — Sometimes the autumn light in the Colorado Rockies is so intense, you can feel it, like when a shaft of sunrise light slants in from low on the horizon to fill distant valleys, or when snow-covered peaks glow with a life of their own. For the images in this set, I delved back in the archives about a year, to last October. That’s not because there hasn’t been any good light this year; there has. But it turns out that each year is different, spectacular in its own way, but different, and I was looking for scenes that really show the different qualities of light. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. (more…)
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Posted on November 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
2013 brought record levels of dust to Colorado’s mountains
More frequent desert dust storms dropping pollution on the Rocky Mountain snowpack is one of the climate change impacts affecting the Colorado high country.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Dust storms that darken the Rocky Mountain snowpack and speed snowmelt are becoming more extreme, according to new research. Particularly heavy dust-on-snow events can speed the melt-out of the snowpack by a full six weeks, all other factors being equal, said Jeffrey Deems, a researcher with the Western Water Assessment and the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
In 2006 we were impressed at how much dust there was. Then 2009 turned up, and 2010, and 2013 was the dustiest year we’ve recorded in the San Juans,” Deems said, explaining that the latest study, put together by researchers with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences was aimed at updating previous work with data from those heavy dust years.
Last spring, on April 8, a single 16-hour dust storm dropped more dust on the San Juans than the annual totals in any previous winter since scientists started taking detailed measurements, said Chris Landry, director of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton, which tracks the dust-on-snow events via a network of observation sites. (more…)
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A NOAA weather satellite image shows a strong snowstorm headed for the Rocky Mountains.
CAIC forecasters highlight ‘very real and rapidly increasing avalanche danger’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A developing winter storm has prompted the season’s first avalanche warning in the Colorado high county. With up to 12 inches of snow expected across the higher terrain, forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center say extra caution is required for backcountry travel this weekend.
“Don’t let the fresh snow blind you to the very real and rapidly increasing avalanche danger,” the CAIC posted on its website. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday afternoon and Saturday night and the thin and brittle early season snowpack likely won’t be able to support the fresh snow, especially in wind-loaded areas. (more…)
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Posted on November 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Mountain high …
Gore Range at sunrise.
FRISCO —For a change, I dipped back into the archives to grab a few of my favorite mountain shots from last winter, as much to inspire myself as anything else. Usually when I finish a photo session, there are a couple of things nagging in the back of my mind. I’m not the most methodical person, so often I find myself thinking, “Oh, I should have adjusted by ISO — that way I could have stopped down the lens for better depth of field. If I have time, I’m getting better at shooting a full range of exposures to edit. It’s amazing how much different a few hundredths of a second or one F-stop can make. Pulling last year’s pictures is a good way to remind myself of the things I wanted to try in the quest for better images! (more…)
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Radical anti-environmental GOP leaders seek to privatize water
Tenmile Creek flows through the White River National Forest near Frisco, Colorado, helping to sustain aquatic ecosystems. bberwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Anti-environmental House Republicans are at it again, this time trying to pull of one of the greatest heists of all time by passing a law that would ban agencies like the National Park Service and the Forest Service from exerting any control over water flowing off federal lands.
House Resolution 3189, the so-called Water Rights Protection Act, wouldn’t actually protect any water; instead, it would open the door for more private development of water for fracking and urban development by prohibiting “the conditioning of any permit, lease or any other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.” (more…)
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Creekside again …
Starburst sunrise along the Snake River.
FRISCO — The sun’s path across the sky is quickly dropping, noticeably in a different position than just a couple of weeks ago, when I ventured to the Snake River for the first time this season in search of ice. Along with shorter days, those changes create opportunities for photography, as if a new lighting designer is on the job. After shooting into the morning sun, I also went for a quick afternoon stroll along Meadow Creek, near our home in Frisco, during the afternoon, hoping to catch some glints of warm sunlight on the remnant ice (yes, remnant; it’s been so warm the past few days that some of the ice is vanishing in our November thaw). Here are the best of today’s images. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. (more…)
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