Posted on April 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A chilly April Morning in Summit County.
FRISCO — Waking up to what can only be described as an icy mist, I headed out with the dogs before checking the temperature. I was guessing it was about 15 degrees. When I got back from the morning dog walk, I checked the weather station, seeing that the temp had dropped into the single digits about the time I headed out, 8.9 degrees to be exact. And sure enough, it felt more like November than April out there. Even though the two months are on the flip side of the calendar, there’s an expectation (at least o my part) that April should be warm. Single-digit temps in April are not unprecedented in the Colorado high country, or in other mountain regions, for that matter. And this year, they’re welcome, helping to preserve the snowpack for another day. (more…)
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Posted on April 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A mountain stream
In the autumn, Meadow Creek dwindles to a mellow trickle.
FRISCO — Meadow Creek is my hometown’s little stream. Tenmile Creek may be a little bigger and more famous — if a creek can be famous — but Meadow Creek runs right through the busy guts of our little town, down from the Gore Range, under I-70 and right through center of Frisco’s busy commercial thoroughfare, past the bus depot (or transfer station, if you want to use the genteel name for that facility), past Walmart, underneath busy Summit Boulevard, then past a place called Meadow Creek Tires, through a culvert near our local bank branch and then, well, right into our backyard, where it forms a lovely pond before making its final run into Dillon Reservoir. (more…)
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Posted on April 3, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Just another day …
Robins returned to Frisco on a snowy spring day.
FRISCO —A typical spring day in the Colorado high country, starting with bright sunshine, but by 10 a.m. the sky turned gray and heavy and by noon, thick graupel was falling from the sky, signaling the start of a small spring storm that dropped a few more inches of wet snow in the area. It’s kind of weird to see snow falling from the sky and watching it melt away off the ground at the same time, but I guess it’s just the nature of the season. (more…)
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Posted on March 30, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The Walmart wetlands.
FRISCO —A last little taste of winter in the Colorado high country, as March finally delivered some much needed white stuff. Of course, it melted nearly as fast as it fell, but that didn’t really matter. For a couple of days at least, it looked pretty wintry, and the moisture didn’t hut, either. Sure, there’s still a drought, but hopefully some of the moisture this month will at least take the sharpest edge off. (more…)
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Posted on March 22, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Sen. Michael Bennet.
Local group has been operating safe houses since 1969
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After years of working in rental properties, Frisco-based Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault will be able to buy a spot for a permanent emergency shelter with space for 15 to 18 victims at a time.
The organization will benefit from a $508,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development, according to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), who last month helped secure passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act.
“Organizations like Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault make our communities safer and stronger by supporting survivors of sexual assault,” Bennet said. “This new permanent emergency shelter will give victims in Summit County a place to find help and begin the healing process.”
“This loan will provide us with a much nicer and larger shelter to better serve the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault here in Summit County,” said the group’s director, Amy Jackson. “In the past, we’ve had to make do with what we’ve been able to piece together with rental properties. The USDA loan will allow us to purchase our own shelter, which is a huge and exciting endeavor for our organization.” (more…)
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Posted on March 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Into the light …
FRISCO — With winter winding down (just a few days left), I’m sorting images from the past few months for a seasonal collection. It was another strange one, with just the past few days in March feeling about as wintry as it’s been, even while the willow buds start to thicken. A few aspens are already starting to show their catkins, but the snow — as it should be — is about as deep as it’s going to get. Winter light has always fascinated me. The snow-covered ground adds a reflective dimension to landscapes, casting some of the light back into the sky, and working with blue-tinted shadows is always a fun challenge. Even in a low-snow year like this one, there’s always at least a few days that represent the essence of the frozen season. (more…)
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Posted on March 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A go-to spot
Spring sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.
FRISCO — With all the magnificent, craggy peaks in Summit County, Lake Hill isn’t really all that big of a deal — a small, nondescript bump in the landscape between Frisco and Dillon, marking a local divide of sorts familiar to anyone making the daily commute around Summit County. But even if it’s not the biggest summit around, it does offer some impressive vistas of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding ranges and, based on my photo archives, a great spot to watch cloud formations develop over the high terrain. I’ve had the pleasure of watching some amazing sunrises and sunsets from the overlook along the trail to Old Dillon Reservoir. It’s become a go-to spot for a quick jaunt when the light is looking promising. Here are a few of the best shots from that location the past few months, dating back to last spring.
We have a great selection of Summit County photos at our online FineArt America gallery. (more…)
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Posted on February 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Sunrise on the Gore Range.
FRISCO —Every now and then I feel like getting a good overview of Summit County, and the first part of the Ptarmigan Trail is a great spot for that. It feels like you can see most of the county from some spots, down the Lower Blue to the north, overlooking Dillon Valley, I-70 and Tenderfoot Mountain to East, Dillon Reservoir and the Upper Blue Valley to the south, all the way to the Tenmile and Gore ranges to the west. It’s pretty spectacular any time of year, too, with plenty of golden aspens in the fall, misty sunrise scenes in the winter and some of the earliest wildflowers in the county in Spring. I’ve been up there a few times on really cold early mornings, when the world seems deeply frozen. This selection of images was shot during one of those wintry dawns, when it’s hard to work the camera controls.
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Posted on February 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A wintry morning
A fine mist of ice crystals in the air distorted the sun coming up over Swan Mountain and created a sundog in the morning sky.
FRISCO —A dog-walking session Friday morning yielded a few nice shots of sunup over Swan Mountain and Dillon Reservoir. And after writing about iPhoneography in yesterday’s photo essay, I deliberately left the Nikon at home, although I regretted it when I saw the sundog forming, since my standard DSLR lens is mounted with decent zoom lens that would have let me capture more of the ephemeral ring around the sun. I’m hoping for a few more snowy sunrise sessions the next couple of days! (more…)
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Posted on February 20, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Full sunlight on the Meadow Creek lagoon in Frisco, Colorado.
The pond where most of the photos in this post were taken is visible near the center of this Google Maps iPhone screen grab.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — I think they named our townhome complex Lagoon because of the small pond that was built as part of the development, right behind our house, where Meadow Creek comes out of a concrete culvert from beneath Frisco’s commercial/light industrial zone.
To me, the “real” lagoon is just a little farther downstream, where our residential neighborhood ends and the the stream flows into the flatlands on the edge of Dillon Reservoir. It’s only about a five minute walk from our house, but it seems like a world apart.After passing through this highly altered environment (highways, shopping malls, parking lots and dense townhomes), the little creek that starts high in the Gore Range suddenly gets a chance to find its true nature again, spreading out into the willow wetlands in a complex swirl of channels. I’ve taken scores, if not hundreds of pictures right down at the end of our little lane, including the images in this post. (more…)
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