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Morning photo: Editor’s choice

High country landscapes

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Sunset over Buffalo Mountain, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Indulging the inner photographer, I scrolled back through the Summit Voice archives to choose a few classic Summit County scenes from seasons gone by. Summit Voice photography is for sale at our online Fine Art America gallery. Continue reading

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Morning photo: From the mundane to the sublime

It’s all how you look at it

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Twin Peaks.

FRISCO —Man, I really, REALLY love that Grays, Torreys, Grizzly skyline. For as many pics as I’ve snapped of those summits, I can’t find two that are the same. Then, there’s the mundane that become sublime in the eye of the beholder, like a simple aspen leaf laying in the snow, or something that’s sublime to begin with, like a bend in the river with serendipitous sunshine shafting across the cured grass to the very fringe of the forest. It’s all good … Continue reading

Study: Lightning a major factor in shaping mountains

Compass readings help trace the impact of electrical storms

Summit County Colorado monsoon season.

A bolt of lightning strikes near the Continental Divide, in Summit County, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

Geologists in South Africa say that lighting strikes are significant factor in shaping the summit areas of mountains, thereby shaping the evolution of mountain landscapes. Specifically, they found that many angular rock formations in the Drakensberg Mountains are caused by lightning blasts — and not necessarily by the melt-freeze cycle as commonly assumed. Continue reading

Morning photo: The glow …

Mountain light

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Scruffy forest at dawn, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Those minutes just before the sun comes up are the most precious of all. For a short time, it’s like somebody pressed the pause button on the day, just to take it all in before racing ahead with the to-and-fro of daily life. Once the sun crests the skyline, there’s no going back, but in those penultimate seconds, anything seems possible. Continue reading

Morning photo: Filtered!

Colorado eye candy

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A morning stunner.

FRISCO — A few sweet scenes from around Summit County, Colorado in the waning days of summer. Some mornings now are chilly enough that wispy fog forms on the surface of Dillon Reservoir. It seems hard to believe, but soon, there will be light frost on the ground in the mornings. Better get out and enjoy that warm weather while you can! Meanwhile, enjoy this little batch of iPhone photos, liberally edited with some of the in-camera filter apps offered by Instagram. For more Summit Voice photography, visit our online FineArt America gallery. Continue reading

Morning photo: Going mobile …

Some iPhone stunners

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Surreal sunset over Buffalo Mountain.

FRISCO — I think I’m slowly getting the hang of this iPhone photography thing. Here are some of the best shots from the last two months or so … Continue reading

Global warming: Forest timberline impacts not so clear

Local factors, including geology and topography, play a critical role

Will global warming push forests up into this alpine tundra around Guanella Pass, in Clear Creek County, Colorado?

Will global warming push forests up into this alpine tundra around Guanella Pass, in Clear Creek County, Colorado?

Colorado recorded the greatest increase in average maximum temperatures — between .7 and .9 degrees — from the old normals, compiled between 1971 and 2000, and the new normals, which are based on temperature readings between 1981 and 2010. On average across the U.S., the new average temperatures are about .5 degrees warmer.

Colorado recorded the greatest increase in average maximum temperatures — between .7 and .9 degrees — from the old normals, compiled between 1971 and 2000, and the new normals, which are based on temperature readings between 1981 and 2010. On average across the U.S., the new average temperatures are about .5 degrees warmer.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For residents of high-elevation regions, including Colorado — the impacts of global warming include a potentially radical change in the composition of plant communities. In mountainous areas, the distribution of many species is limited by factors related to elevation, including temperature.

With warmer and drier conditions potentially limiting growth at lower elevations, scientists have already documented the treeline creeping upward in some areas, but there are additional factors to consider, according to a new study from the University of Calgary.

Even in a warmer world, local conditions, including slope steepness, exposure and soil depth – will limit trees being established and growing on mountainsides, the research found. Continue reading

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