Morning photo: Odds and ends

Random shots

FRISCO — There’s nothing like watching the full moon come up over the Rocky Mountains and last night, I had the chance to snap a few shots as the orb rose right behind Keystone Mountain with the resort’s night skiing lights visible below. And early Saturday morning a small flock of birds visited the budding aspen trees outside our kitchen window, enabling me to get a few closeups while brewing coffee at the same time. Oh, Colorado! For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

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: Cloudscapes

Colorado skies


FRISCO —Usually November is the best time to spot the great wave clouds that build up over the Continental Divide. But there’s a secondary season in March, when once again, upper-level winds shift. As those great rivers of air meet the wall of the Continental Divide, the sky often blossoms. This set includes a few shots going back into winter, but most of the images are from the past few weeks, showing the transition of the seasons. 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: Psychedelic skies

Summit stunners …


FRISCO — After a couple of grayish days here in the high country of Colorado, I got to yearning for some vivid colors, so I perused the Summit Voice photo archives for some Saturday morning eyecandy. Frozen or thawed, the waters of Meadow Creek, where they meld with Dillon Reservoir, offer a perfect mirror for a groovy sunset or sunrise. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Mountainscapes!

… And more


FRISCO — From the pastels of a tender dusk to the Kodachrome intensity of a snow-covered fence, Colorado’s winter landscapes are inspiring and soothing. But you have to be ready for the chill to get some of the best images. All the shots in this set were taken either early in the morning or in the evening at temperatures well below freezing, except for the snow fence, which helps show the elasticity of snow, an amazing substance made of crystals that can behave like a plastic. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards

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