Colorado: Approaching the winter solstice

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Winter sun. Bob Berwyn photo.

Tuesday’s sunset the earliest of the year; afternoons will start getting longer on Dec. 12

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’re tired of the sun setting behind the western mountains in the middle of the afternoon, fear not, there’s some relief in sight. As of today (Dec. 4) the sun has completed its southward peregrination along the western horizon, which means the afternoons won’t get any shorter.

For the next few days, the sun will set at nearly the same spot at 4:40 p.m. Then, starting Dec. 12, it will start to set a little bit later each day. By December 31, sunset will be a full 10 minutes later, at 4:50 p.m. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter light

December begins …

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Late afternoon light in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — OK, so it’s not quite winter yet. Officially, that season begins on the day of the winter solstice, according to the celestial calendar. On the other hand, meteorologists start the winter season on Dec. 1, so by that measure we’re a few days into the season. Either way, the light is stunning this time of year. Even mid-day, the low angle of the sun casts long shadows and creates gorgeous golden glows on dried grasses. It’s actually a bit unusual to be able to photograph so much bare ground under these light conditions. Usually by the first week of December, there’s already a good solid coating of snow on the ground, but not this year … C’est la Vie.

Many of the images in this slide show are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net.

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Morning photo: Waiting for snow

Patience …

I've always wondered why the sunset sky colors are different in the winter and summer.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Since La Niña is under-performing so far this winter, I had to reach back into the archives from a year ago to see what early winter looks like. With any luck, we’ll be there soon. Meanwhile, get psyched for the snow season with this photo essay. Continue reading

Morning photo: December

Tis the season …

A high country Christmas, as Frosty welcomes the snow season in Frisco, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — We’ve come to the end of our 12-month photographic journey through Summit County, and I’ve saved some of the best for the last. I don’t usually shoot a whole lot of pictures in December — the days are short, and it can be a busy month, with Christmas, then New Year’s Eve. But as I looked through the files (these images cover December 2009 and 2010) I see that the pictures I did get are pretty good. Enjoy the selection, vote in the poll at the end of the post and remember, you can also order any of these as a Christmas card. Just tell me which image you would like and I’ll upload it to one of our online galleries where it can be purchased as a card.

This was taken Christmas Eve, 2009 near the Dillon Amphitheater. It was the day the reservoir froze over completely, the gentle ripples captured by the winter season. Click on the image to see it full size.

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