Morning photo: April come she will

Springtime in the Rockies?

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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

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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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!

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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

Morning photo: Saturday set

Spring light

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Gore Range glow.

FRISCO — The equinox is still a week away, but there are signs of spring in the air. Days and nights are nearly equal length, and the higher sun angle in the middle part of the day adds a new dimension to forest scenes. All these images, except one, were taken in the morning. Can you guess which is an afternoon shot? If you like our daily snapshot series, visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America, featuring the best Summit County landscape images available as prints or greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday set

The Snake River revisited

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Morning sun.

FRISCO —I wandered back up along the Snake River this morning for the first time in quite a while. I usually cruise around this area in the late fall and early winter to capture the ice and frost that forms when diurnal temperature contrasts are high. I wasn’t really expecting to find much of that, given the deep snow cover, but I was looking forward to seeing that same area with deep, deep snow. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: It’s not that the colors aren’t there

“It’s just imagination they lack …”

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Spheres.

FRISCO — With apologies and gratitude to Paul Simon, some photo whimsy after a long day of writing, looking for the crispest black and white images that also tell a story of seasons in Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Stillness

Winter views

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Moonglow.

FRISCO —For today’s photo set, I tried to pick one photo from each of the past few winters, including this one. The fun part for me was looking back through the archives and comparing snow and weather conditions from different years. During some of the drier winters, we were still seeing bare ground in late December. Regardless of the weather, there’s always a fabulous scene to photograph — you just have to know where to look! Continue reading

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