Posted on May 7, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on May 3, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on April 26, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
UV haze …
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
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Posted on November 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
July in Summit County
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
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Posted on November 5, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Classic Colorado …
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
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Posted on October 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Fall to winter …
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
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