Morning photo: Winter highlights

Best of 2015

Recapping some of our favorite winter scenes from the Colorado high country in this end of the year set …

Morning photo: Market colors

Ahhh, Provence!

Even in mid-November, the markets of southern France were bustling with vendors and shoppers all jostling over a fine selection of goodies for those pre-holiday season meals. Its not all that far from the Provence to areas where certain types of produce can grow nearly all year round, and the tangerines from North Africa were among the best I’ve ever had, while other market stalls feature more local and seasonal fruits and veggies like persimmons. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a market day in France without a slice of fresh-baked apple tart.

Morning photo: Paris by night

Metro tour …

I spent the better part of last week in Paris covering the COP21 climate talks at the Le Bourget conference center, where nearly 200 countries agreed to try and curb global greenhouse gas emissions and to shift the world to a low-carbon, sustainable future. I didn’t have a lot of time to be a tourist during this visit, but each day, on the way between the conference center and my downtown apartment, I chose a slightly different Metro route, stopping along the way to check out some familiar Paris landmarks by night. See if you name all the different spots and stay tuned for links to stories about the historic climate talks.

Morning photo: Celebrate mountains

International Mountain Day

People around the world today are celebrating International Mountain Day as a way of recognizing the importance of mountains to the environment, culture and spirituality. High peaks have been sacred places for wisdom seekers since the dawn of humanity, but like the rest of the Earth, they’ve been exploited for economic gain the past few centuries. It’s time to stop the plunder, like mining and clearcutting, and time to start respecting mountains for what they give us. And the world’s mountain regions ‚ including the Rockies — also face serious threats from global warming. Share some mountain love today and check out more on social media channels under the #mountainsmatter and #IMD2015 hashtags on Twitter. #FriFotos also has a mountain theme today.

Morning photo: Vineyard mists

Steiermark

A weekend visit to southeastern Austria focused on visiting the border to Slovenia, where thousands of refugees continue to migrate toward Germany, and on interviewing local citizens who have taken refugees into their hearts and homes. But in between, I had a chance to wander through the vineyards of the region and capture a few scenes, especially as the valley mists started to lift in the mornings to reveal the enchanting landscapes. Stay tuned for more photos, as well as reporting on the refugee crisis that’s starting to split Europe along old fault lines.

Morning photo: #Fleamarketfinds

One man’s junk …

Since I didn’t need a pair of used — but shiny — wingtips, I didn’t buy anything at the Linz fleamarket this morning, but I still had a good time. Fleamarkets can definitely evoke some pretty strong feelings if you let yourself drift down memory lane. I recognized several toy cars that I coveted as a toddler, and at another stand was a collection Pez dispensers that also brought back a flood of childhood remembrances. But the best part is watching the negotiations between buyers and sellers — the Italian shoe salesman explaining the intricacies of a small espresso maker, or the Matchbook car dealer, knowing that he has some real treasures, and refusing to sell himself short.

Morning photo: Tilt-a-whirl!

Color-motion …


There’s nothing like a good merry-go-round for color, and when you add some motion blur and post-editing, it can be a photographic carnival. I’ve always wanted to spend a few hours shooting the rides at a fair and this week, it just so happens that a traditional Austrian festival, the Urfahranermarkt, is taking place just a few blocks away. These are the shots from my first effort, all taken with the iPhone camera. I’m going to revisit the fair with my DSLR one of these upcoming evenings to see if I can improve on these images.

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