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Morning photo: Frost flowers

In winter’s grasp …

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Delicate crystals grow on stalks of dry grass near the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Despite the risk of slightly frostbitten fingers, I have a strange fascination with the frost formations that grace the Colorado high country during the winter. The best time to photograph them is during the middle to late part of fall, when daily temperature fluctuations are greatest and there’s still some moist air streaming off streams, ponds and lakes. That’s the combination that fuels the best growth. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Calendar time!

Some January shots …

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January sky over Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —Last January may not have been the snowiest month, but it was definitely wintry, at least judging by the Summit Voice photo archives, which features some stellar shots of the always-groovy ice formations along the Snake River, along with some killer sunsets and stunning sunrise images of the Gore Range. It’s hard for me to narrow down the selection to a half-dozen, and if you have a favorite that you think should be included, leave a comment in the box at the end of the post. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Morning photo: Eclectic

When water turns to ice …

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Waterdance …

FRISCO —Sifting through my shots from the last few days, I noticed once again how drawn I am to waterside scenes. Sometimes I think that I really ought to try and get away from the streams, lakes and reservoirs and focus on dry land landscapes, just for a change of pace. But especially this time of the year, when water starts making that mystical change from liquid to solid, it’s just so tempting to try and capture that dynamic process — in color or, as in a few of the shots in this set, in black and white. Click on the images to see them full size, and visit our online gallery for more Summit County landscape magic. Continue reading

Morning photo: Along the river …

Ice hunting

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Sometimes it’s fun to shoot into the sun. In this shot, I got an entirely new sunburst pattern that I’ve never seen before with this particular lens.

FRISCO — A quick Tuesday morning stroll along the river in search of ice was rewarded by a fine sunrise, and, sure enough, there are shady spots where the Big Freeze has already started. It’s a great time to get out and watch the transition of the season. It may not be as showy as the initial blaze of aspen color, but mid- to late-autumn has its own treasures if you look hard enough. Continue reading

Morning photo: Chilly mornings!

Inevitability …

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Early morning along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —Indian summer suddenly gave way to winter, which in turn gave way to autumn in a topsy-turvy merry-go-round of seasons that’s not at all unusual in the Colorado high country. For all we know, we may still get some late summer temps, at least in the afternoons under a warm autumn sun. But with daylight waning, look for cold mornings to continue, bringing the season of frost and ice. We can hardly wait! Continue reading

Morning photo: More autumn-ness

Seasons of the Summit

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Rosehips in the snow.

FRISCO — One of the best things about this time of year is the way things change rather quickly. The most recent snowstorm was a great example. Along with coating the peaks in a gleaming mantle of fresh white, the sudden cold changes masses of leaves overnight. Instead of bright golds, yellows and orange, many of the aspen groves turned brown. While that may disappoint some leaf-watchers who were hoping for another weekend, it helped create a whole new look for the mountains in just a few hours. There’s so much contrast and brightness in the fall landscape, and the changes are so dynamic that it’s almost hard to keep up! Continue reading

Morning photo: Late winter (early spring)

Felt — and looked — like January

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A frosty scene along the Blue River at the inlet to Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —I didn’t really think I’d get another chance to shoot anymore frosty scenes this year, but our early spring storm definitely brought a flashback to January and February conditions with the added benefit of late March light. Deep snow, temps well below zero and bright sunshine — a great way to start the week in Summit County, offering some hope that the drought may be easing. Continue reading

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