Posted on May 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
FRISCO —Re-editing some pics from a big summer road trip two years ago — two dogs, three people, a beat-up 1998 Nissan Pathfinder and about 6,000 miles through Wyoming, South Dakota, then down the Mississippi all the way to the mouth of the great river, and finally, southwestern Florida … fishing, fried pickles and an awesome dog beach where both the dogs enjoyed their first (and so far only) swim in the ocean.
Back along the Gulf Coast, San Antonio, west Texas during big summer heatwave and drought of 2011, with temps in 100-and-teens, and into New Mexico just in time to watch the Las Conchas Fire erupt north of Santa Fe. All that’s left now are some pretty amazing memories, and, of course, a LOT of photos. (more…)
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Posted on May 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Will it ever melt?
FRISCO — A short set with a potpourri of images from the most recent storm and the early part of the weekend. It’s pretty amazing the way the wet spring snow really sticks to everything. Even if it’s not the dead of winter, it can, like the top photo in the set, look snowier this time of year than it does in December, January or February. Please visit our online FineArt America gallery for a selection of stunning Summit County landscapes. (more…)
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Posted on May 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Ever onward …
The horizon over Dillon Reservoir is sandwiched by clouds.
FRISCO — Most of us know how important it can be to have strong lines in an image to help guide the eye toward the subject. But often, the most common line — the horizon — is the focal point of an image. Our eyes are automatically drawn toward that distant threshold, beyond which is, well, the rest of the world. Horizons in the theme of this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat, with wonderful images streaming in from all corners of the globe. Join the fun by uploading your own pics and tagging them with #FriFotos.
Distant icebergs float on the horizon in the Antarctic Sound.
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Posted on May 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Centuries-old castle walls serve as a backdrop for river runners in Český Krumlov.
FRISCO — I usually try to keep the intros for the daily photo essays pretty short and let the pictures speak for themselves, and that works pretty well for this short set with some of my favorite European city scenes. (more…)
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Posted on April 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Insect pollinators in trouble
A beetle searches for food on an American bistort.
FRISCO — I’ve been reporting on the decline of honeybee populations for a few years, but it’s not just bees that are in trouble. Due to a mix of pesticide impacts, habitat loss and disease, many other pollinating insects are also dwindling. In one of the most extensive surveys to date, biologists say there needs to be a concerted effort to understand the causes of the decline and to figure strategies to avert the worst impacts. There’s a lot at stake. Without insects, many plants would not be able to reproduce, and many important food crops would also be in trouble. If you look closely at the world of flowers, you’ll almost always find a bug.
The recent findings were published this week in a scientific journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The study was an international survey done by 40 scientists from 27 institutions involved in the UK’s Insect Pollinators Initiative, investigating the causes and consequences of pollinator decline. The study was coordinated by Dr. Adam Vanbergen from the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
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Posted on April 21, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A late November sunset in Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO — It feels like it’s been snowing every day for the past month, which is a good thing as far as our water supplies are concerned, but it got me wondering about the last time we had a spell of shirtsleeve weather. Based on the photo archives, it was way back in late November, when Dylan and I went out to shoot some pictures for his freshman photography class. As I recall, the assignment was to create some motion blur and some stop-action, so we played with shutter speeds and apertures and I bored him half to death with stories from the “good old days” of photography. But clearly, from the pictures, you can see that, even in late November it was warm enough to skateboard in a t-shirt. Those days will soon be here again and in the meantime, some hot Summit County pics to warm you up.
Ridin’ Lagoon street.
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Posted on April 20, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Springtime in the Rockies
Morning light highlights the texture of fresh spring snow on the frozen surface of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO —It’s not unusual to get April snows in the high country. After all, when you live at 9,000 feet you have to willing to accept the fact that there are really only two seasons — snow and non-snow. But this year seems a little unusual, especially compared with last year, when spring weather went to the other extreme, with a March heatwave that broke records. The cool and showery weather this month won’t break any records, but it’s been fun going out to capture the late winter scenes around Summit County. (more…)
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Posted on April 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
It’s not ALWAYS wild …
Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge makes you realize you’re about as far west as you can be in the U.S.
FRISCO — When I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme I was pretty excited. After the West is where I first really spread my photography wings and learned to fly. In the early days, it was all I could do to hold the camera steady and straight while taking in those jaw-dropping vistas. Today, places like the Golden Gate Bridge still make my jaw drop, but thanks to digital photography and a slightly more sophisticated approach and technique, I do manage to capture a decent shot every now and then. Join in the Twitter chat fun by uploading your favorite west-themed pics and tagging with #FriFotos and posting them to Twitter. (more…)
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Posted on April 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Not quite a drought-buster …
FRISCO —While this mid-April storm may not quite qualify as a bona fide drought buster, it sure won’t hurt and it will definitely take the hard edge off concerns about summer water supplies. As of Monday afternoon, about 16 inches had piled up here in Frisco, and more snow is, supposedly, on the way. (more…)
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Posted on April 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The royal color
Under a purple glow deep in the bowels of Ali Pasha’s castle in Butrint, Albania, a bartender named Napoleon made a hot raki drink for us using a tiny campstove. Photo courtesy Leigh Wadden. Click here to learn more about Butrint.
FRISCO —When the theme of this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat was announced as “purple,” I knew that I had plenty of pics in the archive. After all, it’s one of my favorite colors, eye-catching and friendly. I was pretty sure I had plenty of purple wildflower images, but I wasn’t really sure what else I would find. It ended up being quite a mix of photos, from a pleasing purple balloon at the Frisco Oktoberfest to the deep purple of ripening olives on a Greek hillside. Learn more about #FriFotos here, and check out the Facebook page, too. (more…)
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