Posted on April 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Clearing skies …
The almost-full moon rising over the snow-covered Rockies.
FRISCO —April’s full moon is sometimes called the pink moon for slightly obscure reasons, according to my sources, who say the name is related to pink flowers that start blooming this time of year. The April moon is sometimes also called the egg moon, the full sprouting-grass moon or the full fish moon. Regardless of what it’s called, it was nice to see clear skies once again after a spate of stormy April weather.
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Posted on February 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Feels like the peak of winter …
One of my favorite trees in Summit County, with a natural, wind-sculpted bonsai shape.
The morning photo essay is sponsored by Copper Condos.
FRISCO — I went out super early to chase the setting moon with my camera, and came close, catching a tantalizing glimpse of the orb passing through Silverthorne. But by the time I got to Ute Pass Road, drifting clouds blocked my view of what had promised to be a spectacular sight. Maybe next month. I was only slightly discouraged, and since I was already on the road, continued up to my favorite overlook, where the views are awesome with or without the moon. Since my last visit, maybe a month ago, the snow has really piled up, thigh deep along part of the trail. The clouds persisted during the early part of the sunrise, so the scene was dominated by cool blue shadows and icy white peaks, not a bad combo for late winter. (more…)
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Posted on January 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
An iPhone panorama shot from a Gore Range overlook along Ute Pass Road.
FRISCO —Saturday morning, with no school breakfast and lunch to make, I took a little extra time to visit one of my favorite Gore Range overlooks along Ute Pass Road. Along with a great view, the shale slopes of the Williams Fork Range are great habitat for ancient Douglas firs, a relatively rare tree in our environment, so it’s always good to hang out in the presence of these centuries-old giants. Playing with three cameras, I managed to put together a decent set of wintry Gore Range scenes. (more…)
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Posted on January 24, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Mountain skies …
A fiery sunrise heralds a change in the weather in late January 2013.
FRISCO — It’s funny how I still think of good old Kodachrome when I’m shooting a colorful sunset. Like a lot of old time photographers, I still have boxes of slides, and someday, I’ll scan the best of them and ditch the rest — but not yet. Wednesday’s brilliant sunrise inspired me to post a few more recent sunrise and sunset scenes featuring Grays and Torreys peaks, those towering 14ers along the Divide that serve as a foil to those colorful skies.
This sunset sky over Summit County looks painted.
So cold, so warm …
The colors are always a bit different after a fresh snowfall.
In the meadow.
At the shore.
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Posted on January 15, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Trying to channel my inner Ansel Adams again …
FRISCO — For this set, I tried to pick a few images from the last few days with strong contrasts that emphasize the purity of winter light. From the stark outlines of dead trees and morning shadlows along the Snake River to the semi-silhouette of craggy peaks in the alpenglow, the high country always delivers clean lines and impressive vistas. Check out out our online Imagekind gallery for more Summit County shots through the seasons. You can also visit our FineArtAmerica online gallery for metal and canvas print versions, as well as greeting cards. (more…)
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Posted on November 30, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Reaching for the sky …
A classic Patagonia skyline features some of the craggiest peaks in the world.
FRISCO — I missed my favorite Twitter chat last week, but got all giddy when I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme — peaks. I live amidst the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, and at least a third of the pictures in my ever-growing photo archives features peaks in all shapes and sizes. I’m looking forward to seeing great images of mountains from around the world. It’s easy to join the fun. Just upload your own favorite peak pictures, tag then with #FriFotos and post them to Twitter, share and comment.
The M/V Professor Molchanov at anchor near a remote peak in Antarctica.
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Posted on September 5, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Fire risk expected to continue in northern Rockies
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Wildfire activity across the U.S. has surged past the 10-year rolling average in the past few weeks, with major fires still burning in the northern Rockies, as well as the potential for big fires in the far West, as California hits the peak of the dry season.
Nationally, wildfires have now burned across about 7.6 million acres, more than last year’s total of 6.9 million acres, when massive fires scorched Texas and part of the Southwest.
This year’s total is the highest since 2006 (7.6 million acres) and nearly 2 million acres more than the 10-year rolling average of 5.9 million acres. (more…)
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Posted on August 28, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Better than magic
Autumn sunset over the Colorado Rockies.
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s something about the atmosphere in the mountains … I know beach afficionados will argue that ocean light is the best, and there’s something to be said for the clear and razor-sharp sky in the desert, but for me, the high elevations of the Rockies, Sierra Nevada or the Alps, consistently offer the most drama when it comes to lighting. And then, of course, the peaks themselves serve as foreground, background, foil or even as the main subject of a photograph, like this …
A cool dawn in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado.
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Posted on May 11, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Federal decision on endangered species listing for rare carnivore will help determine how the state proceeds
A lone wolverine originally from Wyoming wandered into Colorado a few years ago and was most recently spotted near Mt. Bierstadt by Westminster photographer Cameron Miller. Click on the image to visit Miller’s website.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A lone wolverine that’s been crisscrossing the Colorado high country for the past few years will have to wait a while longer for some company.
A tentative state plan to reintroduce the mountaineering omnivores is on hold at least until the federal government decides whether to list the species as threatened or endangered. Opposition from the ski industry and ranchers played a key role in putting the brakes on the proposed restoration.
In particular, Colorado Ski Country USA cited impacts of the lynx reintroduction program on ski areas and expressed concern about how a wolverine restoration could affect ski area plans, including terrain additions and operations within existing areas, said Eric Odell, species conservation coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Those key stakeholders want more certainty and assurances that a wolverine reintroduction won’t affect their activities, said Eric Odell, A reintroduction would also require legislative approval, Odell added.
Most recently, wolverine M56 — a male who wandered from Wyoming to Colorado — was spotted in late April near Mt. Bierstadt, and then again in the vicinity of Winter Park, according to Odell. (more…)
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Posted on April 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Out and about
Under the log ...
SUMMIT COUNTY — When I started bushwhacking up along Meadow Creek Saturday, I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I wasn’t expecting icicles. Yet in the deeper, shadier sections of the gorge, there they were, looking wintry. Technically, they’re probably not really icicles, so I’ve decided to call them splashcicles, since they form when water from the creek splashes up and coats nearby branches or logs, only to drip down again. (more…)
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