Morning Photo: Sunday set

Meltdown continues in Colorado

FRISCO — Watching the ice melt from along the shoreline of local ponds, creeks and reservoirs is one of the best things about early spring. It takes a while here in the high country to transition from winter to summer. Even once the snow melts, the plants don’t respond immediately, so even when the snow is gone, we don’t get a quick green-up. There’s likely still more snow ahead, and certainly, more sub-freezing nighttime temperatures, so the wildflowers aren’t in a big hurry to appear. But the dynamic changes of the ice cover during the melt season more than makes up for it, at least in terms of photography! If you get a chance, take a stroll around some of the coves and inlets along Dillon Reservoir or your local beaver ponds and wetlands, and check out the changes of the season. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Meltdown

Reservoir scenes


FRISCO — Spring may be the most dynamic season for streams, ponds and reservoirs in the Colorado high country. After months of winter stasis, the lengthening days and warming temperatures bring change on a daily basis, as long-frozen surfaces suddenly turn into slushy puddles, only to refreeze at night as the temps drop just below freezing.

Additionally, the water level fluctuates beneath the ice, sometimes creating slanted surfaces that enable subsequent meltwater to flow in unusual patterns. I tried to capture some of that with the images in this set, all captured along the edge of Dillon Reservoir in the past few days. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Shoreline scenes

Spring delight

FRISCO —There’s nothing like a little warm spring sunshine to warm the body and soul after a long winter, and April tends to be the month when things really start warming up in the high country of Colorado — at least on those days in between late-season snowstorms. Of course every year brings a different mood, and this set is compiled from shots taken in April 2012, which ended up being the warmest year on record in Colorado, and when Dillon Reservoir melted earlier than ever before. So instead of a frozen sheen of ice, we had open water combining with April light for some magical morning scenes. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Enjoying the views …


FRISCO —You want drama? Wait around for a Colorado sunset, or get up early to catch those first rays and you won’t be disappointed, as this set of images from the past week shows. Even just a simple evening stroll along a well-worn path near Dillon Reservoir can turn into an intense light-hunting safari, as the sun near the horizon does its thing, illuminating clouds from below and lending its glow to the melting snowfields. Can you tell which shots are Instagrammed and which ones are straight out of the DSLR? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Mid-winter …

The snow zone


FRISCO —Snow, sun and sky are the basic elements of winter photography, and when those ingredients come together under a glowing sunset, it’s hard to take a bad photo. Tuesday night was a great example. I didn’t have to go far, just down to end of our road here in Frisco, to catch a sunset that lit up not only the sky, but the new snow in the wetlands with an ethereal glow, which is something that the iPhone camera on HDR is really able to capture quite well. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Quartet

What a show!


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.

Morning Photo: Sky shots!

Got clouds?

sdfa

Layers of clouds and color over Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — We’re getting near the time of year that dishes up the most intense sky colors, as the first autumnal weather systems mix together with the remnants of monsoonal moisture. That means layers of clouds at different elevations, like in the top shot in this set — look closely and you’ll see soft, gray cumulus hugging the distant peaks, while a mid-elevation cloud deck helps reflect light and color back toward the ground. And in just a few weeks, as the upper air wind patterns shift for real, we’ll start seeing some of those great wave clouds building over the Rockies, a sure sign of the changing season! Continue reading

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,696 other followers