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Morning photo: Sunday Insta-set

Rocky Mountain high …

FRISCO — Magical, mystical skies over the Rocky Mountains this summer, including this pre-thunderstorm scene along Mt. Evans Road.

A hazy sunset through the trees along the Tenderfoot Trail in Dillon , Colorado.

Asian garden poppy, waiting to bloom.

Eyecandy at sunrise near Shrine Pass, Colorado.

Fireweed blooming along the Tenderfoot Trail, Dillon, Colorado.

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Morning photo: Reservoir views

Around Summit County

FRISCO — I tend to take most of my shots in the early morning or late evening but sometimes it’s worth wandering out in the middle of the day for an image like the first one in this set.

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Evening view from the Tenderfoot Trail in Dillon, Colorado.

Evening stillness at Dillon Resevoir.

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Morning photo: Insta-scapes

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A frosty morning in the Snake River Valley near Keystone.

A frosty morning in the Snake River Valley near Keystone.

FRISCO —A few iPhone/Instagram snaps taken during the recent spate of spectacularly sunny (TOO sunny) weather here in the Colorado high country. As much as we all want winter to arrive for good, the warm late-November sun is a treat, and something to remember when people start to complain about the length of the winter in mid-March or so. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Friday Fotos: Evening light

The golden hour …

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Close to home — A winter evening in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —Another great #FriFotos theme that’s right up my alley, because there’s nothing I like better than getting out and about during that magical evening hour when even the most mundane scene can come alive with an otherworldly glow. In fact, shooting in the evening is a bit of an obsession that sometimes means my family doesn’t get dinner until quite late, especially in the summer, when sunset is late to begin with. But Leigh and Dylan tolerate, and even encourage me, which means I’ve had the chance to get some pretty amazing shots. I’m looking forward to seeing evening scenes from around the world streaming on Twitter and Instagram today, and you can join in the fun by uploading your own evening pics and tagging them with #FriFotos — then, sit back and enjoy the show. Continue reading

Morning photo: Fall!

Vibrant season …

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Brilliant fall colors form a backdrop to the Hraunfoss waterfall, formed where springs flow between lava formations into the Hvitá River, near Reykholt, Iceland.

FRISCO — Fall is definitely one of my favorite photography seasons. After the calm, peaceful summer months, earth and sky seem to be jarred out of stasis, suddenly shifting toward a new season. So when #FriFotos invited me to co-host this week’s Twitter chat with a fall theme, I was pretty happy. A September visit to Iceland with @CoTravGirl yielded a ton of fun images — we weren’t really sure what to expect, and the brilliant foilage of the island’s tundra vegetation was an unexpected bonus. Plus, I knew I’d be able to use a couple of pictures of waterfalls, which also fits the “fall” theme. And, of course, Colorado can’t be beat when it comes to foilage. For a few short weeks each year in late September and early October, the aspen forests change in a blaze of color before giving way to the quiet silvery, gray and white tones of winter.

Join in the Twitter fun by uploading your favorite fall pictures to Twitter or Instagram and be sure tag them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show. There are sure to be amazing fall pictures from all over the world!

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In the Colorado high country, fall and winter often mingle, like in this scene, photographed from deck of the Summit Voice office.

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Morning photo: Sky shots …

A tale of two nights …

Quiet sky glow.

Quiet sky glow Wednesday evening.

FRISCO —Wednesday brought a much more subtle sunset display, at least from vantage point near Frisco, where only a small splotch of color emerged along the southwestern horizon. By contrast, last night’s sunset set the entire sky on fire, 360 degrees. It’s tough to say that one was more beautiful than the other. Sure, Tuesday was super-dramatic, but Wednesday was peaceful and calm, without the seething cloud turbulence. It’s amazing how much difference 24 hours can make!

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Some sky, with seething clouds Tuesday night.

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Morning photo: Insta-groovy

More monsoon skies …

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Evening view of Frisco, with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.

FRISCO — I’m still learning about my iPhone camera, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s really quite good at picking up color and highlights in an otherwise shaded foreground, like the top image in this set. The difference between the light and dark areas helps give images a pleasing (to my eyes) depth, and using the built-in HDR means less post-processing, which I needed in the next image in the set to balance out a shot taken with a DSLR. Most of all, the clouds the last few days have been fabulous!

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Dillon Reservoir, still in the evening light.

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