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: Shoreline sunrise

Time shift

Fire and ice.

Fire and ice.

FRISCO — The switch back to standard time threw me for a bit of a loop Monday. By the time I made it out to the shore of Dillon Reservoir with the dogs, it was bright daylight, or at least much brighter than the crepuscular light that I’d become accustomed to for that hour of the day. Not to worry, the lighting along the coves near the Heaton Bay Campground was still dramatic, one of the nice things about November from a photography perspective — the sun doesn’t pop straight up, it creeps along the horizon for a bit! After running a couple of errands in Silverthorne, I made one quick stop at the I-70 scenic overlook, taking a quick iPhone snap of the cloud drama, edited and posted below. If you enjoy our morning snaphsot series, please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Colorado landscape images. Continue reading

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

Morning photo: Building weather …

Summit County eyecandy

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Early evening light slants below an approaching storm to illuminate the Tenmile Range near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —A short set in honor the impending seasonal changes, often marked by the impressive build-up of wave and lenticular clouds over the highest terrain. Wave clouds form when the wind flow is perpendicular to the mountain fronts. The reason they often form in the autumn is because the prevailing wind pattern shifts as the westerlies start to dominate, putting the Front Range mountains and the Continental Divide into the weather cross hairs. These are all iPhone shots taken in the past two days around Summit County and Dillon Reservoir Continue reading

Morning photo: More autumn-ness

Seasons of the Summit

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Rosehips in the snow.

FRISCO — One of the best things about this time of year is the way things change rather quickly. The most recent snowstorm was a great example. Along with coating the peaks in a gleaming mantle of fresh white, the sudden cold changes masses of leaves overnight. Instead of bright golds, yellows and orange, many of the aspen groves turned brown. While that may disappoint some leaf-watchers who were hoping for another weekend, it helped create a whole new look for the mountains in just a few hours. There’s so much contrast and brightness in the fall landscape, and the changes are so dynamic that it’s almost hard to keep up! Continue reading

Morning photo: Fields

Pastoral beauty

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Fallow fields in Grand Junction, Colorado, with the Grand Mesa as a backdrop.

FRISCO — I haven’t joined in the #FriFotos Twitter chat for a few months, but when I saw this week’s topic, I did a quick scan of the Summit Voice archives to find some of my favorite pictures of fields around the world, starting right here at home in Colorado and ranging as far as Iceland and Antarctica. On a recent trip, Leigh and I had a chance to visit Iceland, and amidst the wondrous ice fields and stunning coastline, we were fascinated by the lava fields, some of which are carpeted with a squishy, thick layer of moss. Upload your field photos via Flickr, Twitter or Instagram, tag them with #FriFotos and then enjoy the global slide show! Continue reading

Morning photo: Just having fun …

Some edits

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Grays and Torreys from Bakerville. A series of trips down to the Denver area was rewarded Wednesday evening with some good timing, as I passed by this classic I-70 view just as the evening light reached prime time.

FRISCO — A short set featuring some iPhone edits, just because … Natural light is great, but gosh, sometimes it is fun to get all filter-y and Instagram-y, using all the fun tools and tricks the little smartphone camera has to offer.

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Beauty is where you find it, as with this brilliant California poppy growing in a nondescript flowerbed at the Farmers Korner gas station.

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Morning photo: Autumn light

Golden hues

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Light slanting under the cloud deck approaching from the west lights up the shore of Dillon Reservoir, while Peak 1 is shrouded in storm clouds.

FRISCO — There’s almost nothing better, from a photography standpoint, then when an approaching storm coincides with the sunrise. It happens every autumn a few times, but the intense drama of the lighting always takes me by surprise, like Friday morning, when I forgot to take my DSLR along for the morning dog walk near Heaton Bay. So I ended up shooting the dawn light with my iPhone. A year ago, that would have stressed me out and I would have fretted about not having my “real” camera. Not so much anymore. Instead, I just enjoyed playing with the iPhone, tilting the lens toward and away from the light to try and get an optimal exposure and appreciating the way the sensor reacts to those subtle changes.

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Dawn light under an approaching storm.

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Fall storm, Tenmile Range.

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Pure gold.

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First snow, Officers Gulch.

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End of the road …

Morning photo: Saturday …

Whew!

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Here’s how the day started in Summit County, with a little help from Instagram.

FRISCO — Labor Day weekend got off to a good, if somewhat soggy, start, with visitors from the Front Range and around the country thronging the high country for one last summer weekend, even as ski resorts started ramping up sales efforts for season passes. But the lingering monsoon has kept things pretty warm. The moist air acts like a blanket; so far we haven’t had those first few crisp nights that often do in late August, but nobody is complaining. Continue reading

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