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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Morning photo: Shoreline scenes

Spring delight

FRISCO —There’s nothing like a little warm spring sunshine to warm the body and soul after a long winter, and April tends to be the month when things really start warming up in the high country of Colorado — at least on those days in between late-season snowstorms. Of course every year brings a different mood, and this set is compiled from shots taken in April 2012, which ended up being the warmest year on record in Colorado, and when Dillon Reservoir melted earlier than ever before. So instead of a frozen sheen of ice, we had open water combining with April light for some magical morning scenes. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Anticipation

Seasonal changes


FRISCO — After a few weeks of unseasonable warmth, winter made a bit of a comeback here in the Colorado high country, with two days in a row of snow and wind. We need the moisture — we ALWAYS need the moisture, so I’m not complaining, and I know that, this late in the season, the new snow won’t last long on the ground. After a couple of hours of sunshine, we’ll be back to green patches of grass starting to emerge in the warmer spots along the south side of buildings. But it’s still fun to dream about the warm and sunny days ahead — anyone else ready for the wildflower season? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Enjoying the views …


FRISCO —You want drama? Wait around for a Colorado sunset, or get up early to catch those first rays and you won’t be disappointed, as this set of images from the past week shows. Even just a simple evening stroll along a well-worn path near Dillon Reservoir can turn into an intense light-hunting safari, as the sun near the horizon does its thing, illuminating clouds from below and lending its glow to the melting snowfields. Can you tell which shots are Instagrammed and which ones are straight out of the DSLR? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Welcome, spring

Celebrate the season!


FRISCO —We’re stepping into spring here in the Colorado high country, and right on schedule, the first western bluebirds appeared on the fringes of local forests. There are other signs as well — reflective meltwater ponds along the edge of Dillon Reservoir and budding willow shrubs. Stop whatever you’re doing today for at least a few minutes to get outside and celebrate the changing of the seasons!

Morning photo: Monday magic …

Half-light


FRISCO —During a month when Colorado’s snowpack should be getting deeper, I’ve been tracking the rapidly vanishing Rocky Mountain snowpack, quickly turning to rotten mush under temps that have consistently ranged between 5 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average. I’m not complaining too much. I love spring and the warm, buttery light does magical things with the snowpack, but as an environmental reporter covering global warming, I am concerned. It’s not just the past few weeks that have been unusually warm. Temperatures have been running well above average for most of the winter, at least here in Summit County, and if this is the new normal, it spells big trouble.

Morning photo: Sunday strolling

Ok, so it’s Tuesday …

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Almost looks like autumn.

FRISCO — Sunday’s morning stroll took me up along the Tenderfoot Trail, near Dillon, where I watched an unusual early morning thunderstorm form directly overhead, then dissipate as fast as it formed. The gray clouds weren’t exactly what I was looking for when I went out to shoot photos, but you work with you get, right? And patience paid off, as I did manage to get within range of a mountain bluebird (see below). Later in the day, we trekked out to a vantage point to watch our resident bald eagles fledge their chicks, hiking back to the road just as the sun dipped behind Buffalo Mountain, to end another perfect weekend in the Colorado high country. Continue reading

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