Smooth, round ripples and jagged frost crystals contrast along the Snake River.
FRISCO — To celebrate the start of the season of snow and ice I dug back into the archives from about a year ago, finding that — surprise — Dillon Reservoir was already frozen over by this date in 2011. By mid-December, the ice-sailing season was in full swing, as local afficionados of the sport took advantage of a few weeks of clear ice. Just like this year, I was scouring the banks of local streams and creeks, sometimes getting lost in the magical world of frost crystals growing from the water vapor above the streams. (more…)
FRISCO — One more quick look at autumn just before the first real winter storm of the season rolled into Summit County, so we don’t forget what bare November (and early December) ground looks like. It was a long wait, but as always, it finally came …
If you ever wondered how ice forms, this picture might help explain. Rather than forming in a uniform sheet, narrow spikes freeze first, sort of as pioneers into the warmer water.
Frost crystals grow along the Snake River in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — You know what they say about the early bird, right? Well, the same holds true for photography. Sometimes you have to get up early to get the good shots, like the delicate frost crystals that bloom as water evaporating from the river turns directly to ice, without ever going through a liquid stage, or being in just the right spot when the sunrise glow illuminates the clouds from below. (more…)
Looking upstream under an ice shelf in Meadow Creek.
FRISCO — A have an affinity for this little stream, since it flows right through our Frisco neighborhood before merging with Dillon Reservoir. Many of the wetlands pics that I post on a regular basis are from the wetlands on Denver Water land, just downstream of our home, but Monday afternoon I wandered up a little higher, to were Meadow Creek spills down out of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. In a groovy wonderland of ice formations, I tried to compose a few micro landscapes. (more…)
FRISCO — Walking the dogs early in the morning also doubles as my morning photo session, which means I’ve got one eye on the pups while scouting for images. A few days ago I headed up into Snake River country between Keystone and Montezuma to shoot some moving water pictures, but often I stay close to home, wandering one of the nearby trails or along the shores of Dillon Reservoir. Friday morning I headed for the Lilypad Lake trailhead and was captivated by some of the micro landscapes I found in the frozen creek. (more…)
Ice at the edge of Dillon Reservoir near Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO —Absent a big snowfall, winter’s onset is marked by the formation of ice in the nooks and crannies of locals streams and ponds. It’s a process that’s more subtle than just waking up one morning to several feet of new snow. The ice creeps from the edges of the water, curling and crinkling with the wind or currents, slowly but sure encroaching on the open water. It’s a fun process to watch, with visible day-to-day changes, and it’s especially apparent during the relatively dry months of late fall and early winter. The past few days, I sought out spots along the shore of Dillon Reservoir and a shady Snake River canyon to watch the transformation.
A hint or early morning sun gleams into the shadows of this forested reach of the Snake River, near Keystone, Colorado. (more…)
FRISCO — Went for a bit of a wander along the Snake River between Keystone and Montezuma this morning after hearing that Keystone is facing some challenges with regard to stream flows and the water it uses from the Roberts Tunnel for snowmaking. When I parked near the Blight Placer, I was greeted by an early winter wonderland of frost on the willow wetlands near the river, as well as some stunning ice formations on the rocks in the shady canyon. All in all, a satisfying photo trek. In the evening, I went hunting for more ice reflections in the shallows near Heaton Bay. (more…)
FRISCO — Sometimes we really do save the best for the last, and in the case of the December gallery, it’s true. No matter that it was a low-snow year, the final month of 2011 ended up being stellar for photography. Instead of big powder dumps, local water ways formed unique ice formations, and the ice sailors had one of their best seasons in years. Please vote in the poll to determine the December image for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar and contact me directly if you’d like to purchase any of the images as prints or gift cards, or visit our online Imagekind gallery.
SUMMIT COUNTY — When I started bushwhacking up along Meadow Creek Saturday, I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I wasn’t expecting icicles. Yet in the deeper, shadier sections of the gorge, there they were, looking wintry. Technically, they’re probably not really icicles, so I’ve decided to call them splashcicles, since they form when water from the creek splashes up and coats nearby branches or logs, only to drip down again. (more…)
With this year's ice about to melt, it's time to track it through the season.
Summit County — In lieu of snow (OK, there was a little bit …) it was a great season to watch the ice come and go on Dillon Reservoir. I’ve combed the archives to show the ice through the seasons. (more…)
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