Morning photo: April come she will

Springtime in the Rockies?

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The ice on Dillon Reservoir was mostly gone by late April, 2012, with a few berms of snow left on the shore at Pine Cove Campground, near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Weatherwise, April is always been one of the most dynamic months in the Colorado high country. Cold spring storms off the Pacific alternate with warm and sunny high pressure systems building from the Desert Southwest … and this year seems to be no exception, as the snow of the past few days is expected to give way to the warmest weather of the year, so far, in the coming week. But think back just two years ago, when Colorado (and much of the country) experienced a record-warm March, leading to summer-like conditions in April. It’s never a boring month! Continue reading

Morning photo: Colorado skiing

Got snow?

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Highlands Bowl is a Colorado hike-to classic.

FRISCO — There’s great skiing all over the world and it’s hard to single out any one spot as the best. But when the snow is good in Colorado, it’s about as good as it gets.

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Morning photo: Sunday in Saranda

Lazin’ in the sunshine …

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By the fountain.

FRISCO —As different and exotic as Albania may seem, the people there enjoy the same simple pleasures we all do, like taking time out to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon. After I enjoyed Sunday’s sunshine here in Frisco, I came upon a set of images taken a few years ago in Saranda, a harbor and resort town along the edge of the Ionian Sea. Just like Summit County, Saranda is a popular tourist destination, but when Leigh and I visited in late September, it was off season. And just like Summit County, locals were taking it easy and enjoying the respite from waves of visitors. Continue reading

Morning photo: End of the Earth

Ushuaia revisited …

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Mountain panorama, Ushuaia.

FRISCO — It’s been a few years since we visited Ushuaia on our way to Antarctica, but the memories are as vivid as ever. The wild landscapes at the tip of South America are simply marvelous, and the Earth’s southernmost city is full of gritty charm. Here’s a quick flashback set. Continue reading

Morning photo: Warmup!

Summer scenes

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A blazing sunset of the coast of Negril, Jamaica.

FRISCO — After posting several sets featuring the incredibly beautiful snows we’ve been experiencing here in Colorado, I decided it was time for a warmup, so I searched the Summit Voice photo archives for some summer scenes. It’s just a reminder that winter won’t last forever, so enjoy it while it’s here! Continue reading

Morning photo: Alleys

Come for a stroll …

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An inviting alleyway in the old town of Corfu, designated as a world heritage district.

FRISCO — While yesterday’s photo essay offered a bird’s eye view of city rooftops, today’s edition is at ground level, taking a look at some alleys around the world. By definition, an alley, or alleyway, is a narrow lane, path, or passage way, often for pedestrians only, which usually runs between or behind buildings, often in the older parts of towns and cities. For a traveler or explorer, that’s a pretty prosaic point of view. We prefer to see alleys as a pathway to adventures in unknown destinations. After all, what could be more inviting than a narrow, winding cobblestone path, beckoning to the unknown. Continue reading

Morning photo: Rooftops

Up high …

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Salzburg in the sun.

FRISCO — I don’t ever really think consciously about getting a picture of a city’s rooftops, but inevitably on our treks, Leigh and I end up at an overlook somewhere — maybe on a hill or in a church steeple — where the city below unfolds like a street map. In some cases, you can see how a town grew organically, near a shallow river crossing, or from a central market place. Other times, you can sense how man imposed his will on the landscape, imposing a strict grid pattern over the contours of the land. I’m a big fan of getting the view from a good vantage point to help explore a new destination, or rediscover familiar territory, so next time you visit a new city, look for the high ground! Continue reading

Morning photo: 2013 Travel shots

Around the world with Summit Voice

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A classic sunset view of San Francisco sky from the Coit Tower.

FRISCO — If you’ve been a Summit Voice reader for a few years, then you’ve probably had a chance to visit a few special places with us — maybe the olive groves of Corfu, ancient castles and world heritage sites in Albania or the icefields of Antarctica. This year’s trips included a short visit to San Francisco early in the year, and an autumn journey to Iceland, fulfilling a long-time travel dream. It’s hard to narrow down hundreds of shots to find some “favorites,” so I just went with my gut feeling, choosing the images that evoked the strongest feeling as I scrolled through the archives. Happy trails to you in 2014! Continue reading

Morning photo: Short days …

Long nights

Monday moonrise in Summit County, Colorado.

Monday moonrise in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —The longest nights of the year are upon us, and it’s not surprising that we decorate our homes and yards with bright lights, as if to banish the darkness. Even at 10 a.m. the sun casts long shadows, painting snow drifts with pale blue light. Maybe that’s why I was so eager to try and get a picture of the December full moon rising last night — this time of year, the lunar orb almost (but not quite) seems to outshine the sun. If you like our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery for a great selection of Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Night skies

Astrophotography from Colorado

L to R Jupiter, Winter Milky Way haze, Dog Stars, and Orion and the lights of Silverthorne, Colorado.

L to R Jupiter, Winter Milky Way haze, Dog Stars, and Orion and the lights of Silverthorne, Colorado. Photo courtesy Daniel McVey.

All photos by Daniel McVey

Summit County photographer Daniel McVey checked in recently with some of his recent night sky (Astrophotography) images from the past few months. A veteran of frozen finger tips, McVey said Summit County’s cold, dry air is one of the key ingredients for his astrophotography.

“I’m one of the few people you will ever meet who is anxious to go outside on a clear sub zero night,” McVey said. “My passion lays within the photography but my greatest reward is sharing these images with people who don’t get to see many of the wonders of the night sky.”

This past Summer Daniel McVey hosted a presentation for youngsters at the Backstage Theatre/Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, where he brought his images to the masses and invited Summit County’s youth to the gallery with the assistance of  breckmoms.com host Erin Opsahl. The presentation covered the mythology of Orion, the relationship of Orion and the Pleiades, Orion Versus Scorpius, the Milky Way and how different cultures around the world perceived our on-edge view of our galaxy. Continue reading

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