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: Winter wonders

Winding down …

FRISCO —Though the equinox is still a few weeks away, the last day of February marks the end of the meteorological winter, so you might see your local TV forecaster talking about spring. Here in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, this may well go down in history as one of the mildest winters on record, as both low and high temperatures ran well above average for weeks on end. We still had our share of snow and frost, but if these past few months are a harbinger of global warming, then we’re probably in trouble. Wouldn’t it be sad if our kids and grandkids couldn’t enjoy the gorgeous frozen landscapes shown in this set? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Tree power!

Branching out …


FRISCO — Reaching for the sky and connected to the Earth, trees really do help illustrate how connected all the the planet’s systems really are, from chemical processes deep underground, to atmospheric cycles that change seasonal levels of carbon dioxide. The mountain pine beetle outbreak that spread across the West in the recent past helped generate a greater appreciation for trees and forests, making people understand that we can’t take any part of our complex life-support system for granted. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards

Summit County takes another step toward zero waste

Voter-approved funding to support collection of electronic devices, pharmaceuticals and hazardous household waste

Pile of Waste - Electronic Waste Documentation (China: 2007)

Electronic waste is piling up at an alarming rate. Photo courtesy Greenpeace.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Voter-approved funding will help Summit County start improving its recycling efforts to include free processing of electronics. To start the new service, the county will hold an inaugural collection event Jan. 31 for both electronics and pharmaceuticals.

“Keeping electronics and medications out of the landfill is a key strategy for local water quality protection,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “And because Summit voters rallied behind Ballot Measure 1A this past November, we’re now able to provide these collection services at no charge to our residents and property owners.” Continue reading

Morning photo: Vibrant

Winter skies over Summit County


FRISCO —Morning or evening, the skies over Summit County rarely disappoint. Mountain light, snow, clouds … it all combines to create sometimes surreal vistas of colors and shapes. As often as I’ve photographed Peak 1, our Frisco landmark, I’m still amazed at how different the light can be from one day, or even one hour, to the next. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Just another sunrise …

Colorado skies


FRISCO — When I woke up about 6 a.m. Sunday morning I saw a thin sliver of clear sky on the eastern horizon — the perfect setup for some early morning color. Of course you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Sometimes it all fades away, and other times, the sky really pops. All the images in this set were taken in a 45 minute span just off the Dillon Dam Road, showing the incredible range of hues and tones that a single sunrise can deliver. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

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