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Morning photo: Summit skies IV

Super moon, and then some …

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The July “super moon” sets over Peak 1 in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — A few lovely days and evenings in Summit County yielded a handful of fine images showcasing summery Colorado skies, and after an early morning dash around Dillon Reservoir, I even managed to get a halfway decent shot of the moon setting right behind Peak 1. I know the daily showers during monsoon season aren’t the most popular with anyone hoping to spend the whole day outside, but as a photographer, I really appreciate the color and texture of the clouds. If you like our daily snapshots please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Reservoir views

Around Summit County

FRISCO — I tend to take most of my shots in the early morning or late evening but sometimes it’s worth wandering out in the middle of the day for an image like the first one in this set.

Got shadows?

Evening view from the Tenderfoot Trail in Dillon, Colorado.

Evening stillness at Dillon Resevoir.

Runoff!

State of the river: Winter snows dispel some Colorado drought woes

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Will El Niño bring a wet summer to Colorado?

Most northern reservoirs expected to fill with above average snowpack and runoff; southern basins, southeastern plains still under drought gun

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Reservoirs in the northern and central Colorado high country will fill on schedule this year, water managers said Tuesday at the annual Summit County state of the river meeting, outlining their expectations for river flows and runoff volume in the Blue River Basin, a crucial water source area for both sides of the Continental Divide.

Most speakers focused was on these headwaters, but statewide maps also showed much of Colorado’s southern tier with below to well-below average snowpack — down to 50 percent in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Colorado snow survey program.

The dry conditions in parts of the eastern San Juans are part of regional Southwest drought footprint, which is increasing demand for this year’s runoff. Southeastern Colorado’s plains are still experiencing Dust Bowl conditions, along with parts of the adjacent south-central plains.

Troy Wineland, water commissioner for the Blue River Basin, said headwater streams in the Blue River Basin are flowing at twice their average volume for this time of year, with peak runoff yet to come. Generally, the Blue River and its tributaries reach peak flows some time in mid-June, though the exact timing is weather-dependent, Wineland said. The state of the river meetings continue the next few weeks with sessions up and down the Colorado River. Details here. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Skeleton ice

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Ice at Pine Cove.

FRISCO — After months of stasis, things are changing fast in Summit County. with patches of green grass emerging from the side of snowbanks, as well as melting ice on local streams and, of course, Dillon Reservoir. It’s a great time to get out and see things visibly changing from day to day, and even hour to hour. In some of the coves facing the prevailing winds, ice from the winter piled up in great clumps and mounds, and as the surrounding snow melts away, you can see the structures that formed in the ice sheet to begin with — that’s why I call it skeleton ice. Continue reading

Morning photo: Blue light special

UV haze …

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Some of the weirdest blue light that I’ve seen in the mountains, taken early morning off Ute Pass Road in Summit County, Colorado. DSLR,

FRISCO — A quick and random selection of mostly early morning shots featuring some unusual light, along with some freaakin’ cool images of the melting ice slabs along the shore of Dillon Reservoir. Continue reading

Morning photo: Peak of summer …

July in Summit County

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Summer skies in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —The deep, rich colors of summer dominate in July, when the sky seems to be fully saturated from the very early dawn right through dusk. With Dillon Reservoir brim-full during the month, I used the water as a reflective foil for the sky. I can’t decide which of these images I want to use in the 2014 Summit Voice calendar, so if you have strong feelings one way or another, feel free to leave a comment. 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: Shoreline sunrise

Time shift

Fire and ice.

Fire and ice.

FRISCO — The switch back to standard time threw me for a bit of a loop Monday. By the time I made it out to the shore of Dillon Reservoir with the dogs, it was bright daylight, or at least much brighter than the crepuscular light that I’d become accustomed to for that hour of the day. Not to worry, the lighting along the coves near the Heaton Bay Campground was still dramatic, one of the nice things about November from a photography perspective — the sun doesn’t pop straight up, it creeps along the horizon for a bit! After running a couple of errands in Silverthorne, I made one quick stop at the I-70 scenic overlook, taking a quick iPhone snap of the cloud drama, edited and posted below. If you enjoy our morning snaphsot series, please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Colorado landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of October

Classic Colorado …

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October skies over the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —October is definitely one of my favorite months for photography in the Colorado high country. Along with the changing leaves, we usually get our first snowfalls, and the shifting hemispheric weather patterns often bring spectacular wave cloud formations over the Continental Divide. Frost and ice start to form along streams and lakes, and sometimes we even get warm, summer-like days. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the past few weeks. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

Morning photo: Progression

Fall to winter …

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Full autumn glory.

FRISCO — The days are growing noticeably shorter now, with both sunrise and sunset falling during those hours when we’re still out and about. It’s definitely the transition season between fall and winter, and it shows. Soon — but not just yet — the ground will be covered with snow (we hope), and will stay that way until springtime. Rejoice in the changes, embrace the chill and revel in the beauty of the seasonal cycles. Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of September

Skyscapes

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A fiery monsoon sunset in early September along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —Looking back through the September folder in the Summit Voice photo archives made me realize how summery most of the month was, especially early on when it seemed like the monsoon would never end. The official weather stats for the month tell the same story, with September rainfall in Breckenridge tying for the second-wettest on record. All that moisture wasn’t bad for photographers, with a series of colorful sunsets and rainbow-filled skies seemingly every other night. Continue reading

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