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Morning photo: New day

Colorado eyecandy

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Hoping for some of this – soon!

FRISCO — Balmy temps linger into late October means no gloves needed — yet — for photography. A good thing or bad thing, depending on your perspective. If you’re a ski resort operator, you’re probably holding your breath, waiting for those cold nightime temps that enable full-scale snowmaking. Two major resorts have already announced that they’ll push back opening day of the ski season by at least a week. If you’re a cyclist, you’re probably enjoying some late-season laps around Dillon Reservoir or the snow-free ride up to Vail Pass. For now, enjoy the calm, because the winter storms are sure to arrive eventually!

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A recent mountain sunset in Frisco, Colorado. Click it to see the full-size version.

A recent mountain sunset in Frisco, Colorado. Click it to see the full-size version.

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Morning photo: Light hunting

Fleeting  brilliance

Crystal clear above the clouds.

Crystal clear above the clouds.

FRISCO — A short set celebrating some of the last days of fall color in Summit County, including the striking combination of tundra and early snow. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates and please visit our online gallery for a selection of fine art prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning Photo: Aspen magic

Peak colors

Piercing evening light helped ensure good sharpness in this iPhone pano.

Piercing evening light helped ensure good sharpness in this iPhone pano. Click on the image to view it full size.

FRISCO — It’s hard not to take photos when Colorado’s aspen groves explode into a riot of fall colors each year. The past couple of days, we’ve had quick-building thunderclouds appear late in the day. Friday evening even brought a few lightning bolts. But the clouds are not the same as the thick summer monsoon layer that dampens the light. These high-based storm clouds allow plenty of sunlight to creep in from beneath, giving some of these traditional foliage shots some extra drama. Continue reading

Morning photo: Treeline!

‘Shroom hunting in Colorado

Evening vista in Mayflower Gulch, Summit County, Colorado.

Evening vista of the Tenmile Range, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Aug. 31 is a bit late for the peak of the mushroom season in Colorado, but after a stream of rainy days, we headed up high, near treeline, to search for fungi. In some of the moist, north-facing draws along the rough road into the Tenmile Range, we found a profusion of mushrooms, as many as 10 species in a square meter, including funky corals, puffballs and tasty wild agaricus, an edible variety closely related to grocery store mushrooms.

Seeing the mushrooms at peak season, bursting through a living tapestry of moss and lichen, makes me realize how big a part of the forest life force these humble fungi really are, locking carbon deep in the soil and helping the trees, old and young, absorb nutrients from the thin Rocky Mountain soil. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain glow

Peak light

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An eclipese-tinged glow over the Rockies, photographed from Loveland Pass, Colorado.

FRISCO — There are times when the light in the mountains totally blows my mind, and when it’s easy to understand why mountains have long been considered sacred, and even dwelling places of the gods. It seems, sometimes, that if one could only gaze upon the peaks long enough, all the mysteries of the universe would be revealed. So there are times that, after taking a few photos, I set down the camera, hoping to gain a little more insight into this great wonderful world of ours. Continue reading

Climate Rangers update: Heading for Rocky Mountain National Park

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Heading north …

Global monitoring for Alpine climate impacts

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO —Rocky Mountain National Park has graciously invited our crowdfunded Beacon-based reporting projectto visit a high alpine basin where scientists can see how alpine areas respond to climate change.

The long-term observation site is part of a global network of mountain stations recording detailed temperature readings of air and soil, and carefully watching plant and animal communities. Continue reading

Study: Colorado pikas holding their own

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A Quandary Peak pika enjoys some sunny weather recently on his rocky ledge. bberwyn photo.

Plenty of good habitat left in the Colorado Rockies, researchers conclude

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — New surveys by Colorado wildlife biologists suggest that pikas seem to be holding their own as temperatures rise in the Rocky Mountains. The study found that pikas remain well distributed in the Colorado high country.

“In their primary habitat, mainly at and above timberline where there is lots of talus, we find pikas almost everywhere we look,” said Amy Seglund, a species conservation biologist for Parks and Wildlife based in Montrose. Continue reading

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