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Morning photo: Weekend whimsy

Camera play

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Sunday morning, down at the end of our street.

FRISCO — A few shots and edits from the weekend … Continue reading

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Morning photo: Meadow Creek

A mountain stream

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In the autumn, Meadow Creek dwindles to a mellow trickle.

FRISCO — Meadow Creek is my hometown’s little stream. Tenmile Creek may be a little bigger and more famous — if a creek can be famous — but Meadow Creek runs right through the busy guts of our little town, down from the Gore Range, under I-70 and right through center of Frisco’s busy commercial thoroughfare, past the bus depot (or transfer station, if you want to use the genteel name for that facility), past Walmart, underneath busy Summit Boulevard, then past a place called Meadow Creek Tires, through a culvert near our local bank branch and then, well, right into our backyard, where it forms a lovely pond before making its final run into Dillon Reservoir. Continue reading

Morning photo: Lagoon

Local landscape

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Full sunlight on the Meadow Creek lagoon in Frisco, Colorado.

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The pond where most of the photos in this post were taken is visible near the center of this Google Maps iPhone screen grab.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — I think they named our townhome complex Lagoon because of the small pond that was built as part of the development, right behind our house, where Meadow Creek comes out of a concrete culvert from beneath Frisco’s commercial/light industrial zone.

To me, the “real” lagoon is just a little farther downstream, where our residential neighborhood ends and the the stream flows into the flatlands on the edge of Dillon Reservoir. It’s only about a five minute walk from our house, but it seems like a world apart.After passing through this highly altered environment (highways, shopping malls, parking lots and dense townhomes), the little creek that starts high in the Gore Range suddenly gets a chance to find its true nature again, spreading out into the willow wetlands in a complex swirl of channels. I’ve taken scores, if not hundreds of pictures right down at the end of our little lane, including the images in this post. Continue reading

Morning photo: Meadow Creek

Beneath the ice …

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. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ponds

At water’s edge

Sunrise at Officers Gulch pond.

SUMMIT COUNTY —One of my favorite spots to visit for short walk is Officers Gulch Pond, just a stone’s throw from I-70. I don’t really understand the hydrology of the area very well, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the construction of I-70. Regardless, it’s a little roadside gem, and Tuesday morning, as the sun came up over the peaks of the Tenmile Range, the pond was at its best. Continue reading

Morning photo: Water!

Keep it clean …

Peru Creek, Keystone Colorado

A partially frozen wetlands pond along lower Peru Creek, near Keystone, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Earth, air, fire and water are the four classic basic elements — the way people divided and explained the things they saw around them before we started to break everything down into molecules, atoms, and, finally, subatomic parcticles like quarks.

What got me to post this photo essay was the news that Congress is at it once again, with a Republican-led House Committee taking aim at EPA regulations intended to protect your water, and my water, from the excesses of industry. Read the story here. Continue reading

Morning photo: Wetlands

October moods

Meadow Creek wetlands, Frisco, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Even once the bright aspen leaves are gone, the autumn season reveals a rich palette of warm hues. One of my favorite places to watch the changing seasons and changing light is just a five minute walk from my home, along the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco. A couple of nights ago, Leigh and strolled there with the dogs, thinking that we’d missed the brightest colors of the evening, but at low-light settings the Nikon managed to capture some exquisite shadings and tones. Continue reading

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