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Morning photo: Grab-bag

Some photo fun

If you thought lichen only lives on rocks, guess again. Here’s a patch growing on a gnarly old cottonwood tree near the base of Dillon Dam. Check out the rest of this Instagram set. The square-format images show well in the blog column, and you can also visit our online gallery at Fine Art America to view and buy high quality prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Insta-Thursday!

Just a little iPhone fun …

FRISCO — Quick post, a few shots from strolls around Frisco and Dillon Reservoir. Summer light is here, framed through lodgepole pine branches and mirrored on the surface of the Meadow Creek wetlands with a mound of thunderstorms building over the Continental Divide. Continue reading

Morning photo: More snow?

Going with the flow …

After a heavy, wet mid-May snowfall, I pointed the car headlights a willow during the twilight hour to create this illustration.

After a heavy, wet mid-May snowfall, I pointed the car headlights a willow during the twilight hour to create this illustration.

FRISCO — So it snowed, again, and again … It’s starting to feel like it’s snowed almost every day in May, so rather than taking pictures of the first wildflowers (they’re out there; photos coming soon), I found myself revisiting a few familiar spots to get one last look at them with their winter coats on. Is May snow any different from December or January snow? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the quality of the light is dramatically different, making for some fine scenes on a recent morning around Summit County. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: May snow

Springtime in the Rockies …

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Blades of grass in roadside puddle catch the spring snow in Frisco, Colorado.

Even though it feels a bit weird every time it happens, May snow is not really all that unusual in high-elevation mountain climates. In fact, when I look back through the Summit Voice archives for the past few years, I see that there have been at least one or two May snowstorms almost every year, with 2012 as a recent notable exception. The wet snow that falls in May sticks to everything, and the opening buds on many of the trees also help provide platforms that catch the flakes so even just a couple of inches can look pretty impressive. And it’s always a good time to get out and enjoy the fluff because by this time of year, each snowfall could easily be the last for the next 5 months or so. Visit our online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County nature and landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Spring skies

Before the summer haze …

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Spring skies over the Meadow Creek wetlands at the edge of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Some brilliantly clear mornings and evenings beckoned recently for photography at a time of year that’s perfect to shoot portraits of an emergent ecosystem. Change is visible every day, with shifting ice patterns along the shore and greening vegetation. And some of my best-ever cloud and sky pics from Summit County have been shot in April, before the summer haze closes in. Here are a few shots from the past few days, all taken within a couple of miles of our Frisco home. Continue reading

Morning photo: iPhone visions …

You never know until you try

The greening cottonwoods caught

The greening cottonwoods caught my eye in lower Clear Creek Canyon, but the harsh afternoon light didn’t bode well for a classic landscape shot. Instead, I used the iPhone’s HDR setting for the basic image, then the Instagram brightening function and the Mayfair filter-twice.

FRISCO — Sometimes you just gotta go a little bit crazy, even if that only means getting carried away with using Instagram iPhone filters on some otherwise marginal shots to try and pump up the images. Now some purists out there are probably already shaking their heads and clucking their tongues, but remember, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, right? Continue reading

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

Morning photo: Bits and pieces …

Around the Summit

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Snake River sunrise.

FRISCO —Just a few random shots compiled from some morning dog-walk photo sessions this past week!
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Morning photo: Progression

Fall to winter …

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Full autumn glory.

FRISCO — The days are growing noticeably shorter now, with both sunrise and sunset falling during those hours when we’re still out and about. It’s definitely the transition season between fall and winter, and it shows. Soon — but not just yet — the ground will be covered with snow (we hope), and will stay that way until springtime. Rejoice in the changes, embrace the chill and revel in the beauty of the seasonal cycles. Continue reading

Morning photo: Taste of winter

Autumn storm cycle …

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The calm before the storm, as high clouds streaming over the top of the Tenmile Range from the west hint at the incoming moisture. This is an unedited iPhone shot.

FRISCO —You gotta love these autumn storm cycles, when a winter vibe hangs in the air like a tantalizing promise … But no matter how much the ski areas might crow and tweet about September snow, it doesn’t really signify much about winter snowfall. If anything, wet autumns historically have often been followed by a drier-than-average winter, especially in years when there’s no El Niño or La Niña driving an overall weather pattern. But it’s fun to dream about deep powder days, and nothing prettier than a coat of fresh snow while the aspen leaves are still golden on the trees. Continue reading

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