Morning photo: Mountain monochrome

Black & white …

FRISCO —Doing a black and white work in the age of digital insta-color, smartphone photography can be a good reality check for balance and tonality. In this set, I took a few images I had previously edited for sharpness and color and tried to bring the full range of light into each image. I really like the moon picture, the river shot and the final Mt. Sneffels image. To my eye, there’s a lot of richness in those shots, while the other two, perhaps because they capture wider landscapes, have more of an overall gray cast, which can be deadly for a black and white shot. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Springtime in the Rockies

Bursting forth …

FRISCO —The Colorado high country is spectacular any time of year, but spring is my favorite season. It’s the time of year when you can still ski on the mountains, often in some of the best snow of the year. But down in the valleys, Mother Nature is busy building a new season. Since the mountain growing season is so short, spring comes in a hurry. Plants don’t have the luxury of taking their time if they want to bloom and produce flowers and seeds for reproduction, so everything seems to pop all at once with a fecundity that’s as astounding as it is reassuring.

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Climate: World’s highest mountain areas warming swiftly

North Tenmile Creek trail, Frisco Colorado

Global warming will have profound impacts on mountain ecosystems, @bberwyn photo.

Scientists say there’s an urgent need for more widespread data collection and observations from high elevations

Staff Report

FRISCO — After one of the mildest winters on record in the Colorado high country, it may come as no surprise to hear that the world’s highest mountains may be warming much faster than than the global average — and faster than previously thought.

Most of all, an international team of scientists said this week that more monitoring and observations of mountain temperature patterns are needed to assess the high-elevation changes.

Absent that data, there’s a risk of underestimating  looming environmental challenges, including water shortages and the possible extinction of some alpine flora and fauna, the scientists reported in their new study. Continue reading

Morning photo: Fire and ice

Melt-freeze-melt …


FRISCO — Mother Nature does some incredible things every day, with powerful and transformational magic on landscapes small and large, from coating a small twig with surreal ice and frost, to the wondrous and delicate frost flowers that form on the frozen surface of lakes, oceans and streams early in the winter season. And sunrise, of course, transforms the world on a daily basis. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Spring warmth ups fire danger in Rockies

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A dwindling snowpack means increased fire danger. This low spring snowpack in 2012 was followed by a severe wildfire season in Colorado.

‘The next several weeks are going to be critical in terms of precipitation’

Staff Report

FRISCO — Early snowmelt and above-average temperatures have upped the fire danger across parts of the Rocky Mountain and high plains region, federal officials said this week, forecasting a more active wildfire season than last year.

“This year we are expecting an average to above-average fire season,” said Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center fire meteorologist Tim Mathewson. “A repeat of a 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2012 historic fire season is unlikely at this time; however, the next several weeks are going to be critical in terms of precipitation.” Continue reading

Morning photo: Odds and ends

Random shots

FRISCO — There’s nothing like watching the full moon come up over the Rocky Mountains and last night, I had the chance to snap a few shots as the orb rose right behind Keystone Mountain with the resort’s night skiing lights visible below. And early Saturday morning a small flock of birds visited the budding aspen trees outside our kitchen window, enabling me to get a few closeups while brewing coffee at the same time. Oh, Colorado! For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Psychedelic skies

Summit stunners …


FRISCO — After a couple of grayish days here in the high country of Colorado, I got to yearning for some vivid colors, so I perused the Summit Voice photo archives for some Saturday morning eyecandy. Frozen or thawed, the waters of Meadow Creek, where they meld with Dillon Reservoir, offer a perfect mirror for a groovy sunset or sunrise. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

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