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Morning photo: Saturday set

Out and about …

Meadow Creek, near Frisco, Colorado, raging with spring runoff.

Meadow Creek, near Frisco, Colorado, raging with spring runoff.

FRISCO — Spring in the high country is not a leisurely affair by any stretch of the imagination. One day, it’s dumping snow, the next, it’s 70 degrees and you can almost watch the grass grow an inch in just a few hours. Everything seems to be in hurry to take advantage of the warmer weather. Streams rush down from the high alpine crags, and wildflowers seem to be racing each other to bloom — and in some cases, they are racing to win the services of the earliest pollinating insects. Everything is condensed into a few frenzied weeks of growth and change before the stasis of summer arrives. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Rocky Mountain magic

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Country roads …

FRISCO — Not a whole lot to say about this recent series other than that spring in Colorado rocks. Sunny, snow, hot, cold, rain, lighting … sometimes all on the same day. Check out the rest of the set and visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County nature and landscape shots. Continue reading

Morning photo: Medley …

Summit vistas

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A short evening hike on the Ptarmigan Peak Trail, in Silverthorne, Colorado, led to this overlook, with late-evening light painting the rock outcrop and the sky over Guyot and Baldy.

FRISCO — In-between light has always been my favorite and right now, in late April, it’s easy to find because it happens at a convenient time of day. In the morning, I can roll out of bed and scoot down to the edge of the wetlands near our neighborhood to capture images like the sunrise scene below. And evening twilight is right at that perfect post-dinner moment, but not so late that the whole day feels like it’s over when it finally gets dark. So roll on, April, and let’s get to May and some spring wildflowers. Visit our online photo gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County nature and landscape images. Continue reading

Global warming stretches Rocky Mountain wildflower season

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In response to global warming, pasque flowers are blooming earlier in the spring in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. bberwyn photo.

Colorado ecosystems will see profound changes

Staff Report

FRISCO — The Rocky Mountain wildflower season is about one month longer than it was just a few decades ago.

That  may be pleasant for hikers and photographers, but the rapid shift in the timing of seasonal blooming will have profound consequences for birds and bugs that depend on the blooms for food.

The 39-year study shows  more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. Half the flowers start to bloom weeks earlier, more than a third are reaching their peak bloom earlier, and others are producing their last blooms later in the year. Continue reading

Morning photo: Blue & pink

Crepuscular …

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Dawn light over the Continental Divide.

FRISCO — So I’ve done several black and white sets during the past few years, but I’ve never done one that focuses on the almost otherworldly combination of deep blue snowy shadows and sunrise- or sunset-tinged clouds. I usually prefer to wait until there’s just a bit more light on the foreground, or until the snow surface manages to pick up a little sky glow. But more often than not, the strong contrast prevails, cold and warm tones competing for attention. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning Photo: Winter light

All the colors …

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Winter sunrise over the Continental Divide, enhanced by wave clouds.

FRISCO —So it’s been a little gray the past couple of weeks, at least for the most part. And that’s not a bad thing. The snow is staying crisp, and more of it keeps falling from time to time. But since I was missing some of the more vivid colors I took a quick trip through the Summit Voice archives to look for some our all-time favorite winter images. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape scenes. Continue reading

Morning photo: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

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