Morning photo: Solstice!

Winter begins …


FRISCO — Once more, our Blue Marble has slipped into another celestial phase, marking the northern hemisphere’s maximum tilt away from the sun. The low sun angle often helps create dramatic landscapes, as the snow takes on an otherwordly glow, enveloping the mountains with soft light and long shadows. Enjoy the season!

Morning photo: Holiday lights

Brightening the season …

FRISCO — What better way to brighten up the long, dark nights of the solstice season than with a string of colored lights, or some glittery stars on a snow-covered tree? Residents of our Colorado mountain community know how to show the glow during Christmas, with festive scenes ranging from the whimsical to the sacred. And through it all, the theme of light shines brightly. Check out all the other shots of holiday lights (and all different sorts of light, for that matter) on the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, which is featuring lights as the weekly theme.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

Morning photo: Frozen!

Winter glory

Frozen fountain.

Frozen fountain.

FRISCO — OK, so it hasn’t exactly been hardcore winter around here the past few days. After that big mid-November snow, things warmed up pretty dramatically, which means I had to reach back into the archives to compile this set of winter images, a reminder of different each year can be when it comes to weather. But I wanted to highlight a few shots that speak to the season in all its frozen glory. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Snow dancing

Powder love!

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Dylan and Comet enjoy some powder and air time in the Loveland Pass backcountry.

FRISCO — All the world’s eyes focusing on the current round of climate talks in Lima, Peru, made me realize once again how much is at stake for those of us who love winter and snow. Of course, global warming isn’t going to wipe out all the snow at once, but that’s one of the things that makes the global warming issue so vexing. Even if we can’t see much change from season to season, there’s a good chance that snowfall patterns will be very different 50 years from now. Based on everything we know, it’s hard to say with any certainty that skiing will be be sustainable as a sport by the end of the century. Since I want my son, and his children, to have the same chance to experience winter the way we do know, I know that it’s imperative to #actonclimate. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain magic

Wave clouds

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A wave cloud sunrise over Dillon Reservoir and Keystone Ski Area.

FRISCO — Great wave clouds the last few days enhanced the morning and evening light, making for some great photo ops! The clouds form when high-elevation winds stream directly toward the mountains and the air is pushed high into the atmosphere in a standing wave, similar to a wave in a river — because that’s what it is, a standing wave in an atmospheric river of air. Pretty hard to explain unless you see a good timelapse video like this one. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings and gratitude from the Rocky Mountains

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

FRISCO — I’m so very grateful for all the loyal longtime Summit Voice readers and supporters — too many to name — and for new readers. Enjoy the environmental news feed again starting tomorrow and help spread the word about independent environmental journalism.

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