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Morning photo: Blooming

Colorado wildflower season in high gear

Wild iris.

Wild iris.

FRISCO — Once the snow stopped, it didn’t take long for Summit County to green up and start showing off summer colors with a weath of wildflowers. The April and May precipitation, well above average, was apparently well-timed to encourage a profusion of late spring and early summer blooms, with some locals saying it’s the best early wildflower season in recent memory. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Morning light

The earlybird …

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And if your way should falter
Along this stony pass
It’s just a moment
This time will pass
~ U2, Stuck in a Moment

FRISCO —You have to get up pretty early to catch the sunrise these days. This set was all taken around 6 a.m. in the Lower Blue, so I left the house at about 5:30 to catch those first rays, but it was definitely worth it. I’m not sure how the high elevation flowers will be this year, but if the spring season is any indication, it should be an amazing summer for wildflowers, something we barely dreamed was possible just a few weeks ago. Continue reading

Morning photo: Flower power!

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Some early morning iPhone wildflower magic along the Ptarmigan Trail in Summit County.

FRISCO — Plentiful moisture in April and May has spurred a bumper crop of early season wildflowers in Summit County, especially in the often-dry shale slopes along the foothills of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges. These areas are very dependent on seasonal moisture — last year, after a record-early spring melt, there was hardly a flower to be found, but the arrowleaf balsamroot and lupines are certainly making up for lost time this spring! These are all iPhone shots. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sloooowwww spring

Seasons …

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Some green grass, but at this rate, the aspens won’t bud out until June.

FRISCO —Chilly morning, warm afternoon, but spring is definitely in the air — finally! The creeks are running high and most of the local ponds are now ice-free, including Officers Gulch. All in all, a lovely day in the Colorado high country. If you like these snapshots, visit our online gallery at FineArt America for a great selection of Summit County landscape photography. Continue reading

Morning photo: iPhone — raw

No Filter …

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Moonrise over the Gore Range.

FRISCO — The various filter apps on an iPhone are fun to play with, but they can also make it easy — some would say too easy — to mask a less than adequate exposure with enhanced colors or other special effects. Like so many things, they’re best used in moderation, remembering that there’s no substitute for a crisp, clean and well-exposed image to start with. All the shots in this set are taken with an iPhone, but they’re straight out of the camera, no filters, no editing, other than a couple of slight crops.

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Blue River Valley mists.

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Pond-shine.

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Frost is in the air.

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Frost-cicle.

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Fresh.

Morning photo: Going mobile

A year of iPhoneography

Slanting sunlight on the Snake River picked up by the iPhone, enhanced with a camera filter app.

Slanting sunlight on the Snake River picked up by the iPhone, enhanced with a camera filter app.

FRISCO —I’ve had my iPhone for a year now, and I probably use it as much for photography as anything else. As much as I’d heard (and seen) about the iPhone’s camera, I have to admit that I’m a bit old-school when it comes to photography, having learned the basics in a black and white darkroom, working on school newspaper and yearbook photos. It didn’t take long for me to adapt to digital imaging — I never really liked turning my film over to a photo shop and then waiting for a few days to get prints. And when I started playing with iPhone camera and editing apps, I quickly decided that the whole concept of mobile compact photography is worthwhile addition to my photography quiver. I almost always have my DSLR with me, but there have been a few situations when I’ve learned to let go of the Nikon and to trust the iPhone. I especially like the way it responds in low-light situations, and the sensitivity of the sensor to slight tilts of the lens. I’m not trying to be all evangelical, but I’d feel pretty weird at this point heading out to shoot without packing my phone along.
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Morning photo: indoor, outdoor

Winter whimsy

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Morning shadows in some of the majestic aspen groves along lower Straight Creek.

FRISCO — Big holiday ski weekends are a good time for locals to lay low, leaving plenty of room on the roads and in the grocery store aisles for the altitude-dazed flatlanders flocking to the high country in search of fresh snow. If you have to go out, do it early in the morning, for quiet walk along the Tenderfoot Trail and to soak up the morning light in the aspen groves along Straight Creek Road. That’s what I did today, taking the dog for an early morning jaunt in the powder, than returning home and hiding out for the rest of the day. These are all whimsical iPhone shots, but f you like the images in this post, please visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more hi-resolution Summit County images, available as prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

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