Posted on June 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wet spring promises great blooms
Larksput, one of the most delicate of meadow wildflowers. They are usually deep blue — this is the first time I’ve seen this shade.
In a meadow north of Silverthorne, Colorado, these wild lupines stood out as the only cluster of pink blooms in a sea of blue lupines.
Wildflower meadow in the Williams Fork Range.
Swan Mountain wildflowers at sunset.
Pussy paws, everywhere!
FRISCO — Wow! Colorado wildflowers are awesome most years. Even when things are on the drier side, the shady, cool nooks and crannies in the mountains yield abundant blossoms, but in a year like this, with prolonged spring rains, the plants have really responded. In some places where there may only be a few clumps in average or dry years, the entire ground is covered with a brilliant carpet of blooms. Get out there and enjoy!
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Posted on June 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wildflower season is here
Arrowleaf balsamroot blooming in the sage foothills of the Williams Fork Range.
Gore Range, Summit County, Colorado.
A delicate desert sky looking west from the rim of Dinosaur National Monument.
Among thousands of acres of blue lupines, a solitary clump of pink.
FRISCO —Even with thick storm clouds brewing over the high country, I ventured down the Lower Blue Valley Saturday morning to check some of our favorite wildflower spots. The cool and wet weather in May has definitely slowed the progression of this year’s bloom, but just a few days of warm sunshine is likely to spur the flowers into high gear. After all, at this high elevation, they only have a couple of months time to complete their cycle of reproduction. One of of the best places to visit this time of year is along the lower sagebrush slopes of the Rocky Mountain foothills, where fields of blue lupines alternate with splotches of bright yellow balsamroot and tender pink and purple phlox.
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Posted on June 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Rivers, deserts and mountains …
A bend in the Yampa River near Dinosaur National Monument in northwest Colorado.
Looking west from the Colorado Plateau.
Morning clouds over Dillon Reservoir.
Last light on Peak One, Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —I’ve been experimenting a little more with the iPhone pano function, finding that, even without a tripod, it’s possible to create some pretty fabulous wide-angle landscape images — as long as you keep the camera level by using the helpful guide in the viewfinder. Smooth motion is also important because stop-start movements tend to add unwanted streaks to blank spaces like sky. It was hard to pick a favorite image in this set, but I think the cloud scene taken at Dillon Reservoir highlights the camera’s ability to capture a wide range of tones. The cloud shot is a rather short pano, just covering a little more territory than a regular horizontal shot, but just enough to feature the broad scope of this water- and cloudscape. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Onward to … Nebraska?
Persistent rains across northeastern Colorado have swollen the South Platte River and filled the dry grasslands with ponds and puddles.
Spring colors in the High Plains.
Look at the brilliant epaulets on this red-winged blackbird!
On the road …
FRISCO —A reporting trip on the Colorado water plan led me to the far northeastern corner of the state the past couple of days, and while I spent most of the time in a conference room, I did manage to escape for a while to track the South Platte, Colorado’s workhorse river, to where it exits the state, near Julesberg. I don’t get out into the flatlands very often, and it was a bit on the gray and dreary side, but those wide open spaces were still quite astounding and evocative, and as a bonus, I got a decent shot of a red-winged blackbird, which has, for some reason, been a challenge for me.
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Posted on May 18, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Old and new …
Sun and snow along the Snake River near Keystone, Colorado.
Moonrise, Gore Range..
FRISCO — A few old and new favorite shots in this Summit County set, including a streamside scene along the Snake River from the weekend, when a heavy snow shower coincided with a brief burst of sunshine to make for a magical combination. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
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Posted on May 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
FRISCO —Sweet springtime in the Colorado Rockies. Snow on the high peaks, rivers swelling with runoff, fields and aspen groves greening up in the lengthening days and happy bluebirds! What could be better?
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Posted on May 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Black & white …
The Snake River courses through a boulder field near Keystone. Colorado.
Moonrise over Summit County.
The San Juan Mountains.
Spring clouds over the Rockies.
FRISCO —Doing a black and white work in the age of digital insta-color, smartphone photography can be a good reality check for balance and tonality. In this set, I took a few images I had previously edited for sharpness and color and tried to bring the full range of light into each image. I really like the moon picture, the river shot and the final Mt. Sneffels image. To my eye, there’s a lot of richness in those shots, while the other two, perhaps because they capture wider landscapes, have more of an overall gray cast, which can be deadly for a black and white shot. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
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