Morning photo: Frosty February

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February snow blankets the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —I always think of February as the heart of winter, even though the days are definitely starting to get longer, with the vernal equinox just a few weeks off. But it seems like (and the photos in the Summit Voice archive support this) that the snow always lies deep in February, even in those low-snow years. I definitely have a favorite in this batch and you might be surprised to know which one it is. One of these shots will be featured on the February page of the Summit Voice calendar, and if you have any strong feelings about it one way or another, please let us know by leaving a comment in the box below. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me

Other times I can barely see …

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Autumn light slants across the Continental Divide in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Sometimes the autumn light in the Colorado Rockies is so intense, you can feel it, like when a shaft of sunrise light slants in from low on the horizon to fill distant valleys, or when snow-covered peaks glow with a life of their own. For the images in this set, I delved back in the archives about a year, to last October. That’s not because there hasn’t been any good light this year; there has. But it turns out that each year is different, spectacular in its own way, but different, and I was looking for scenes that really show the different qualities of light. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Morning photo: Morning glory

Mountain high …

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Gore Range at sunrise.

FRISCO —For a change, I dipped back into the archives to grab a few of my favorite mountain shots from last winter, as much to inspire myself as anything else. Usually when I finish a photo session, there are a couple of things nagging in the back of my mind. I’m not the most methodical person, so often I find myself thinking, “Oh, I should have adjusted by ISO — that way I could have stopped down the lens for better depth of field. If I have time, I’m getting better at shooting a full range of exposures to edit. It’s amazing how much different a few hundredths of a second or one F-stop can make. Pulling last year’s pictures is a good way to remind myself of the things I wanted to try in the quest for better images! Continue reading

Morning photo: Low winter sun

Creekside again …

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Starburst sunrise along the Snake River.

FRISCO — The sun’s path across the sky is quickly dropping, noticeably in a different position than just a couple of weeks ago, when I ventured to the Snake River for the first time this season in search of ice. Along with shorter days, those changes create opportunities for photography, as if a new lighting designer is on the job. After shooting into the morning sun, I also went for a quick afternoon stroll along Meadow Creek, near our home in Frisco, during the afternoon, hoping to catch some glints of warm sunlight on the remnant ice (yes, remnant; it’s been so warm the past few days that some of the ice is vanishing in our November thaw). Here are the best of today’s images. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Creek shots!

Still chasing ice …

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Such great variation in hue and shape in this modest little ice ledge along Peru Creek.

FRISCO — Until I started visiting local creeks to take pictures of icy waterfalls, I had no idea how much the ice could change just from day to day. And, don’t worry, I don’t spend all day, every day — usually it’s just an hour or so in the morning, which doubles as the daily dog walk. But seriously, depending on the temperatures the night before, the formations can completely transform in a 24-hour period. And it looks so different after a fresh snow! Monday morning, I went out a little later than my usual crack-of-dawn patrol to try and catch the ice with direct sunlight, hoping to get some translucence … Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ice chasing …

Winter cometh

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Golden pool at the base of a frozen waterfall along Tenmile Creek.

FRISCO — Wow! This is fun. Almost as much fun as hunting for wild mushrooms. I say almost, because in the case of mushrooms, you can eat what you find. Still, tracing our local streams as they fall into the icy grip of winter is a great way to spend an hour each morning, and the dogs are loving it, too. Wednesday, I headed up North Tenmile Creek, just outside Frisco city limits. This is one of my favorite trailheads any time of year. There’s not too many places you can hike into a designated wilderness area less than a mile from downtown, and even though November isn’t exactly the time of year most people think about strolling in the woods, it’s a great time to watch the seasons change. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Eclectic

When water turns to ice …

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Waterdance …

FRISCO —Sifting through my shots from the last few days, I noticed once again how drawn I am to waterside scenes. Sometimes I think that I really ought to try and get away from the streams, lakes and reservoirs and focus on dry land landscapes, just for a change of pace. But especially this time of the year, when water starts making that mystical change from liquid to solid, it’s just so tempting to try and capture that dynamic process — in color or, as in a few of the shots in this set, in black and white. Click on the images to see them full size, and visit our online gallery for more Summit County landscape magic. Continue reading

Morning photo: Deep greens and blues …

Sunlight, ice, water …

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A sunburst sunrise above Deer Creek, in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — A Saturday morning sortie east of Keystone in the Snake River Basin yielded a few more decent images, with dappled and buttery sunlight contrasting with the deep shadows and rich blue-greens of the mountain streams. Continue reading

Morning photo: Freezing up!

Fall fading to winter …

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The first rays of dawn burst into the cool blue shadows of the Snake River Canyon.

FRISCO —A couple of snowy days with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark can make all the difference in the waning days of October. At 9,000 feet, it suddenly feels more like winter than fall. The trees are bare and on the shady hillsides the snow probably won’t melt until March or April. And unless we get one of those bombshell sunrises or sunsets, it can be a little challenging for photographers when skies are gray all day. For me, it’s time to head for the creeks, where the ice is forming ever-changing, ephemeral sculptures. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

Morning photo: Wide-open spaces

Iceland revisited …

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In the midst of wildness, farmers, going back to the Viking days, have eked out some patches of cultivated land. Click on the image to see it full-sized.

FRISCO — I always wait a few weeks before I go back to a set of images and get serious about deleting the shots that don’t measure up. Sometimes, they’re just slightly out of focus, other times I don’t like the composition, or the lighting just wasn’t quite right. Some images just don’t hold any interest because they lack strong lines, or they’re just empty.

In the series of pictures I shot during a recent visit to Iceland, there are a number of scenes that emphasize the open spaces, which dominate much of the country’s landscape. I had earmarked a bunch of shots for deletion, but before making the final cut, I went back one more time and found a few that showcase the scale of the countryside in the remote West Fjords, choosing images that at least had some interesting lines or light-play — something to draw the eye! Click on the images to see them full-size, And please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

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