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Morning photo: Saturday set

Ready for summer?

It's the first day of summer, and I'm missing winter already!

It’s the first day of summer, and I’m missing winter already!

FRISCO — We’re celebrating the first day of summer by looking back through the archives to see how the transition between seasons unfolded this year. For a while, it felt like winter was going to last forever, with snowfall well in May. But finally, the winter pattern gave way to what passes for spring in the high country. As always, Mother Nature seems to be in a really hurry to shift into summer mode, with wildflowers abloom even before the last few snow berms melt. If you enjoy our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America to check out our collection of landscape and nature images from Summit County. Buying a print or greeting cards is a great way to support independent journalism! Continue reading

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Rocky Mountain magic


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: Signs of spring?

It’s about time!


Check out how the willow catkin first opens on the sun-exposed top side. I used my old Fuji Finepix compact digital for this because it has a good macro function.

FRISCO — Slowly, almost grudgingly at first, spring advances with hints of green fuzz at the edge of some meadows and willows budding in the wetlands. Sometimes I have to remind myself that May in the high country is the equivalent of March at lower elevations, and that’s OK. It’s kind of exciting to see all that seasonal action compressed into a single month. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: A little bit of everything

Falling … melting … repeat!


Sun’s rising, snow’s falling … just another day!

FRISCO — A few roadside treats from around Colorado … even when I’m not on a photo mission, I’m amazed at the variety of landscapes and the quality of light in random roadside ditches and around neighborhood ponds. Some snapshots from the past few days in Summit County, Colorado. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: April come she will

Springtime in the Rockies?


The ice on Dillon Reservoir was mostly gone by late April, 2012, with a few berms of snow left on the shore at Pine Cove Campground, near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Weatherwise, April is always been one of the most dynamic months in the Colorado high country. Cold spring storms off the Pacific alternate with warm and sunny high pressure systems building from the Desert Southwest … and this year seems to be no exception, as the snow of the past few days is expected to give way to the warmest weather of the year, so far, in the coming week. But think back just two years ago, when Colorado (and much of the country) experienced a record-warm March, leading to summer-like conditions in April. It’s never a boring month! Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of March


A little bit of melting along the edge of the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco indicates spring is, however reluctantly, coming.

A little bit of melting along the edge of the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco indicates spring is, however reluctantly, coming.

FRISCO — In past years, I’ve photographed early wildflowers in March, but this long winter has left a solid blanket of snow still draped over the high country. A few warm afternoons have hinted at spring, but winter has been tenacious. Here’s what it looked like in Summit County the past few weeks. Continue reading

Morning photo: Emergent

Earth tones


Emergent sage, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Summit County gleamed white once again after a quick overnight storm dropped a few more inches of snow, the latest wave in a seemingly endless onslaught of winter. But it only took a few hours of warm spring sunshine start the inexorable thaw process in the valleys, where — surprise — there’s already a bit of brown earth showing. Melting snow on emergent sage has to be one of the best smells in the world, and if you don’t believe me, take a stroll along the Oro Grande trail in Dillon. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature photography.

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Morning photo: Summer daydream

The flip side …


Morning dew near Straight Creek, in Dillon, Colorado.

FRISCO — The new snow Thursday morning wasn’t unwelcome, but it did spur a quick pang of yearning for warmer days, so I searched the Summit Voice archives for some of my favorite summer scenes, feeling the heat of the summer season, at least virtually. Check our online gallery for more Summit County nature and landscape images.

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Morning photo: Winter’s last gasp?

Comes a time …


March sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Comes a time each year when you know that winter is on its way out, but just doesn’t want to let go quite yet. While lowlanders enjoy emerging snowdrops and daffodils, high country dwellers are chipping away at several months worth of ice buildup from their drives. For me, everytime there’s a late winter or early spring storm, I’m wondering it it’s going to be the last opportunity to take one more set of snow pics. This set includes images from the last few years all taken in the last two weeks of winter. Continue reading

Morning photo: Equinox!

It can go either way!


It seems the first few willow buds start to open right around the vernal equinox, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

FRISCO —Winter or spring? The equinox is on the cusp, and if there’s anything I’ve learned after living in western mountain towns for 25 years, it’s that you just never know. Some years, like in 2012, there’s an early melt, and even though you know it probably means heightened fire danger and drought conditions, you welcome it, because the winter has been long enough. Some years, it’s just right, a few warm, sunny days followed by a shot of spring snowfall … And then, there’s this year, when winter really doesn’t want to ease its grip. Continue reading


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