Morning photo: Monday magic …

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FRISCO —During a month when Colorado’s snowpack should be getting deeper, I’ve been tracking the rapidly vanishing Rocky Mountain snowpack, quickly turning to rotten mush under temps that have consistently ranged between 5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average. I’m not complaining too much. I love spring and the warm, buttery light does magical things with the snowpack, but as an environmental reporter covering global warming, I am concerned. It’s not just the past few weeks that have been unusually warm. Temperatures have been running well above average for most of the winter, at least here in Summit County, and if this is the new normal, it spells big trouble.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Rambling …


FRISCO —A handful of shots from Saturday evening and Sunday morning here in Summit County. A short walk on Swan Mountain last night made me realize it’s one of the areas where, from certain vantage points, you can see far south, nearly to Hoosier Pass along the Tenmile Range; to the east, looking at Grays and Torreys, north up the Lower Blue Valley, and west, to the Gore Range. I think that’s what inspired me to revisit a favorite spot along Ute Pass Road, trying to make the best (light-wise) of a murky morning. But dawn patrol is always nice! For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Moon dance

Another super moon?

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That rhythm of the setting sun and rising moon …

FRISCO — My timing has been a bit off for lunar photography later – I think I need to download an app or something! But I did get out early Monday morning to one of my favorite (albeit trashed out by gun “enthusiasts”) Gore Range overlook spots to catch the supermoon setting behind the Gore Range, realizing as soon as I arrived that I was a day late, at least in terms of catching just the right balance, with the moon close to the horizon, sinking into the deep, rich colors of dawn. Next month! Continue reading

Morning photo: Colorado sunset

Can you feel it?

A Bierstadt moment in Colorado.

A Bierstadt moment in Colorado.

FRISCO — We cruised down to one of our favorite Gore Range overlooks a couple of days ago on an afternoon when the clouds looked promising (from a photography standpoint) and weren’t disappointed. OK, so we didn’t get a firecracker sky, but some of the subtle glows that played across the craggy summits of the peaks were extraordinary. Here’s  a sample of the shots we got, and there are more Summit County nature and landscape images available for purchase at our online Fine Art America gallery. Support the arts and independent journalism with your purchase of prints or notecards! Continue reading

Morning photo: Some sky drama

When the sun goes down …

"I see my light come shining From the west down to the east …"

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FRISCO — A quick Instagram set from Summit County’s highways and byways. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday strolling

Ok, so it’s Tuesday …

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Almost looks like autumn.

FRISCO — Sunday’s morning stroll took me up along the Tenderfoot Trail, near Dillon, where I watched an unusual early morning thunderstorm form directly overhead, then dissipate as fast as it formed. The gray clouds weren’t exactly what I was looking for when I went out to shoot photos, but you work with you get, right? And patience paid off, as I did manage to get within range of a mountain bluebird (see below). Later in the day, we trekked out to a vantage point to watch our resident bald eagles fledge their chicks, hiking back to the road just as the sun dipped behind Buffalo Mountain, to end another perfect weekend in the Colorado high country. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ute Pass

Clearing storm, killer views

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Gore Range morning glory.

FRISCO — Three or four times a year I try to head down the Lower Blue and up Ute Pass Road to check out the views of the Gore Range, especially if there’s chance of remnant mid-level clouds to add some interest to the scene. I’ve never been disappointed by the views, and the early morning treks have often been rewarded by stellar light. This set is from Saturday morning. It’s pretty amazing to see how much snow is still caked up on the highest peaks of the Gore Range. Continue reading

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