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Morning photo: Yes, more snow!

Just another day …

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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. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Celebrating snow

Gotta go with it!

One of the first dustings of winter came in October, portending a snowy winter.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s been a dream ski season in Summit County, and while some of us are ready to break out the flip-flops and bikes, I decided to celebrate winter one last time with some of the best archived snow shots at Summit Voice.

A classic mid-winter view of the Continental Divide, with sunset colors that only come in the heart of the season.

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Morning photo: Best of the week

Ice, snow and sun in Summit County

It wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be to capture a decent shot of water dripping off the end of an icicle.

SUMMIT COUNTY — My week started with a mild icicle obsession. Once the snow stopped and the sun came out for a while, a fine crop of these ephemeral pillars quickly developed outside our kitchen window here in Frisco, showing how much heat is leaking out through our poorly built 80s-era condo, or maybe it’s just because I’m always cooking and baking. At any rate, the south-facing window gets sun nearly all day, so I was able to observe the icicles in all sorts of different light. Later in the week, I set out early to try and get some shots of individual snowflakes and Friday I chased a sundog through the frozen Meadow Creek wetlands. All in all, a good photography week. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ice is nice!

Some fun with icicles

Sunrise casts a pleasing flow through these icicles in Frisco, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — The last few days I’ve become slightly obsessed with the garden of icicles growing outside the kitchen window. They change from hour to hour, thawing, dripping, melting, freezing … and Tuesday morning, they looked wondrous in the glow of a brilliant sunrise.

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VoiceOver: Home of stalagmites and hairy crimson fruit

Stalagmite or upside-down icicle? You decide, by leaving a comment below.

Good afternoon and welcome to VoiceOver, Summit County’s only column with an ice stalagmite growing in its backyard.

Dozens of VoiceOver Readers: “Get out! An ice stalagmite? First of all, are you sure you know the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?”

VO: Yep, we’re sure. We looked it up, and not just on Wikipedia, but in our trusty, ancient, leather-bound Merriam Webster’s dictionary. Had to blow the dust off the cover, but it was fun browsing through the pages. Not too many interesting words in the vicinity of stalagmite and stalactite, but we did learn about staghorn sumac, a plant with “velvety pubescent branches” and “hairy crimson fruit.”

DOVOR: “Hmmm, sounds interesting. Is the fruit edible?”

VO: Oh, gee, now you’ve stumped us. It didn’t say in the dictionary and we don’t have time to do more research right now, but we’ll put it on our to-do list for the next few days. But as a general rule, we tend to stay away from hairy crimson fruit.

DOVOR: “OK, but don’t forget. Inquiring minds want to know. And by the way, based on the picture, we think what you’ve got there is an upside-down icicle rather than a stalagmite. I you want to get technical about it, a stalagmite needs to have some sort of calcite component to it. At least that’s what we vaguely remember from our geology lessons way back in the day.”

VO: Well, you can call it whatever you want, we’re going with stalagmite. It’s pretty impressive, really. It’s been growing a few inches every day, with little drips of water coming down out of a dryer vent. We’re hoping it gets big enough to where we can practice some of our ice-climbing moves pretty soon. Continue reading

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