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Morning photo: September


Meadow Creek wetlands, Frisco, Colorado.

Meadow Creek wetlands, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Just like that, summer slips into fall … I know, technically, there are still a few weeks left to summer, for weather geeks, Sept. 1 marks the start of the climatological autumn season, and you can see why. Flowers are mostly done blooming, grass is curing and the night is nearly as long as the day. By the end of the month, high country hillsides will be fully ablaze with autumn color and we’ll probably have our first dusting of snow. Celebrate the season! Continue reading

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Morning Photo: Daybreak …

Frisco Bay

*My son surprised me by getting up early a few days ago, right in the middle of summer vacation, to go down to the reservoir and shoot this sunrise timelapse video.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s great to see even the shallow areas along the west end of the Reservoir around Frisco refilling, where fields of grasses, flowers and invasive weeds were starting to make themselves at home. In a way, it feels a little like a flood, with water rising over long-dry areas and inundating all the new growth. A few more stills to go along with Dylan’s video …

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Looking away from the sun to catch the glow on the Tenmile Range.


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Morning photo: Summit Saturday

Around the mountains …


I underexposed this shot by a couple of stops to get deepes possible saturation.

FRISCO — With Fourth of July falling on a Thursday, it’s felt like a particularly long weekend, and judging by the happy faces around town, tourists in Summit County feel the same way. Perfect weather — not too hot, a bit of moisture in the air and some puffy clouds — helped keep things cool, and festivities abounded, from concerts and fireworks in Frisco to the Wanderlust yoga happening at Copper Mountain. While I try to avoid the crowds (I think of it as giving our visitors their space) I did get out to snap a few shots and strolled through the Wanderlust activities for a few minutes on Thursday. Here’s what it all looked like. Continue reading

Morning photo: Frisco fireworks

Always a good show!


Fire in the sky.

FRISCO — After a year off due to drought, the Frisco fireworks display was back, better than ever. It’s always fun to try and catch new shots that really capture the essence of those exploding shells. Here’s my take … Continue reading

Morning photo: Nature’s Slushee

Frazil ice marks the end of winter


Needles of frazil ice litter the surface of Dillon Resevoir in late May, 2013.

FRISCO — Once every few years, Dillon Reservoir’s winter ice cover goes out in a blaze of glory, as frazil ice forms in the super-cooled water along the shore, where the wind churns up a stew of spiky crystals. The physics involved in the formation of the ice are somewhat complex, but the result is a visual feast as winter goes out in a blaze of icy glory. Continue reading

Colorado: Summit recpath open for the summer


Summit County’s recpath is open for the summer.

Maintenance set for Dillon to Swan Mountain segment

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Summit County trail managers say the local recpath system is good to go for the summer. Despite some late spring snowfall, crews have been able plow nearly all of the popular trail system with the exception of the Frisco-to-Copper Mountain segment, where there’s a lingering concern about avalanche danger.

“Recent warm weather has helped us open the Recpath ahead of schedule,” said Brad Eckert, a resource specialist with Summit County Open Space and Trails department. “However, there are still wet and icy spots in shady locations and some sandy sites,” Eckert said. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter’s last gasp?

Never say never …


North Tenmile Creek, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — At this point, I’m almost afraid to say it’s the last snowstorm of the season because it feels like it could keep snowing all summer. We’ve had years like this before — old-timers may remember a 12-inch dump up at A-Basin in the early 80s, and we’re in a weird phase of hemispheric circulation that doesn’t lend itself to predictability. But what the heck, snow is beautiful any time of year. It doesn’t really feel out of place here at nearly 2 miles elevation, even though it’s May. In this set, I tried to capture some of the feel of the wet spring snow with some iPhone closeups, which sounds easier than it is. For all its charms, the iPhone camera’s spot sensor can be tricky when you get within a few inches of a subject. Please visit our online FineArt America gallery for a selection of stunning Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

Morning photo: Color the world

Sky fire


One of the more unusual sunrise scenes I’ve witnessed from the Lake Hill area, above Dillon Reservoir, in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —After a couple of grayish, if not downright dreary, days, I had a yen for some sky color, so I looked back through the archives to find some of the more outlandish skyscapes. I didn’t have to go too far, but the best colors were definitely in a cluster in that late autumn, early winter time frame, when large-scale changes in atmospheric circulation build up deep and rich layers of clouds. Here’s looking forward to the next one while enjoying these images from the past. Visit the Summit Voice online gallery at FineArt America for more landscape photography. Continue reading

Morning photo: Weekend whimsy

Camera play


Sunday morning, down at the end of our street.

FRISCO — A few shots and edits from the weekend … Continue reading

Morning photo: One more time …

Snowy bliss


Shooting into the sun can be dicey, but sometimes it’s worth the try.

FRISCO — I’m still shorting through shots from our early May snowstorm and working up a few edits of the iPhone and DSLR shots, including the top image, which is literally a roadside view right here in our Frisco neighborhood, if you know where to look. I used an iPhone for the scene, but instead of using an Instagram filter to try and lighten up the foreground, I ran it through the iPhoto program on my laptop to try and preserve some of the snoothness that gets lost in Instagram sometimes. The rest of the images were all taken with the Nikon. Continue reading


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