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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: 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: 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

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