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Morning photo: The Divide

Spine of the continent

Alpenglow kisses the highest peaks of the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

Alpenglow kisses the highest peaks of the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Last night’s shot (above) of the alpenglow on Grays and Torreys inspired me to sift through the archives and look for more shots of the Continental Divide. My first thought was to choose shots from different times of the year showing how different the light can be, but as I scrolled back I found a half-dozen images from just the last three months, all with incredibly different lighting, sometimes on the same day or even within the span of a half hour (shots four and five). Along with that, it also makes me realize how cool it is to live so close to the place where the rivers divide. Hiking or skiing up around Loveland Pass, for example, you can see North Fork running down toward the Blue, then to the Colorado and ultimately into the Gulf of California. Just on the other side of the ridge, Clear Creek will eventually mingle with the Atlantic Ocean.

If you like the images in this post, please visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more Summit County images, available as prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Kodachrome!

Mountain skies …

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A fiery sunrise heralds a change in the weather in late January 2013.

FRISCO — It’s funny how I still think of good old Kodachrome when I’m shooting a colorful sunset. Like a lot of old time photographers, I still have boxes of slides, and someday, I’ll scan the best of them and ditch the rest — but not yet. Wednesday’s brilliant sunrise inspired me to post a few more recent sunrise and sunset scenes featuring Grays and Torreys peaks, those towering 14ers along the Divide that serve as a foil to those colorful skies.

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This sunset sky over Summit County looks painted.

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So cold, so warm …

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The colors are always a bit different after a fresh snowfall.

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In the meadow.

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At the shore.

 

 

 

Weather: Classic upslope

Hope for the best …

A deep trough, developing to a closed low, is swinging south and east of the high country.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Lots of hype with this incoming storm, which will probably turn out to be a classic spring-like upslope, with heavy snow along parts of the Front Range and foothills, and hopefully some spillover for the local mountains, especially those near the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain drama

Moody autumn skies

Just a little pond within whistlin' distance of I-70.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Autumn seems to be the season for dramatic skies in the high country, and even though it’s technically still summer for a few days. it’s sure been feeling autumnal the past few days. Snow on the high peaks, the first tinges of color in the aspens … all the ingredients are in place for a spectacular transition season, and when the light is just right, it’s pure mountain magic. Continue reading

Morning photo: Friday eyecandy

Leap-frogging seasons

Forget-me-nots bloom near Meadow Creek in Frisco,Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — A few scenes culled from the archives and picked to make you feel like the warm days of summer are just around the corner. Continue reading

Morning photo: The wave

Mountain splendor

A late-winter sunset over the Continental Divide in Frisco, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Some of the best photos I’ve taken are when a mountain wave cloud forms over the Continental Divide. All the pictures in this post were taken within a five minute walk or drive from my home in Frisco, where I can look out the window and get a pretty good idea of what the sunset (or sunrise) is going to be like. A wave cloud is simply what the name implies — a river of fast moving air roiling up over the obstacle of the mountains, the same way a river swirls over the top of a rock. Continue reading

Morning photo: Dawn

Every day brings new hope

Perhaps the most spectacular sunrise I've seen was two years ago while sailing in the Antarctic Sound. It wasn't just the exotic setting — at that latitude, the show went on for several hours. As the sun reluctantly climbed higher the sky went through every possible shade and hue.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Forget sunset — sunrise is where it’s at, at least for morning people like me. As much as I enjoy a mellow ending to the day, sunrise is much more exciting as the start of something new and different. Lately, I’ve been enjoying sunrise in the frozen wetlands near my home in Frisco, Colorado, and even on this local level, I’m constantly amazed at how different each daybreak can be. I tried to capture some of those moods in this photoblog.

Wave cloud over Dillon Reservoir and the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

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