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Morning photo: Lupine love!

Wildflower magic

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — As the Colorado wildflower season gets under way, I thought I would feature a set focusing on lupines, one of the most ubiquitous species. Lupines grow around the world, from sea level up into the high alpine zone — not to mention our beloved garden varieties. Each variety showing adaptations to their local environment. For example, lupines that grow in the craggy high country have tiny flowers that remain hidden low down in clumps of leaves that offer some shelter from the wind and extreme temperatures. What I haven’t been able to figure out is why the genus got a name that apparently has something to do with the Latin root word for wolves (Lupus). Perhaps in the early days, when people were naming plants, lupine habitat was associated with areas were wolves live, but that’s pure speculation on my part. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Rocky Mountain love …

Weekend shots

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Tenderfoot boulder.

FRISCO — Get up early, grab the camera, load up the dogs … sounds routine, doesn’t it? But the reality is, you never know what you’re going to find. Like Sunday, when I waited and waited, watching the clouds, but unsure if the sunrise was really going to light up the sky. By the time I started along the Dam Road I could see that the sky would be dramatic, not with pinks and oranges, but with light and shadow, which can really help give pictures some depth. And I threw the sculling shot into the mix just because I love the color and the composition! Please have a look at our online Fine Art America gallery for more great Rocky Mountain nature and landscape image. Continue reading

Morning photo: Grab-bag

Some photo fun

If you thought lichen only lives on rocks, guess again. Here’s a patch growing on a gnarly old cottonwood tree near the base of Dillon Dam. Check out the rest of this Instagram set. The square-format images show well in the blog column, and you can also visit our online gallery at Fine Art America to view and buy high quality prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Mountain colors

All of a sudden …

Wild iris in full bloom.

Wild iris in full bloom.

FRISCO — And just like that, it’s all about summer in the high country, wildflowers bursting madly forth in bloom, brimming lakes and reservoirs and all sorts of moody thunderstorm light in the evenings, with tinted sunshine slanting through the dissipating clouds. Winter may have it’s subtle beauties, but many summer photo sessions are “in your face” kind of events, where a half dozen bright and shiny things are competing for your attention. Continue reading

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

Morning photo: Some sky drama

When the sun goes down …

FRISCO — A quick Instagram set from Summit County’s highways and byways. Continue reading

Morning photo: Moon glow and wildflowers

Summer’s coming!

A kind of weird low-light exposure of the moon rising above Dillon Reservoir.

A kind of weird low-light exposure of the moon rising above Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Another full moon came and went in Summit County, the last during the spring season, and at the same time, fields and forests are busting out what promises to be a fine display of seasonal wildflowers. It’s always a little disconcerting to see bright blooms in places where snow berms lingered just a few weeks ago, but it’s a good reminder that it’s time to start planning those outdoor summer adventures before the season slips away … Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday set

Out and about …

Meadow Creek, near Frisco, Colorado, raging with spring runoff.

Meadow Creek, near Frisco, Colorado, raging with spring runoff.

FRISCO — Spring in the high country is not a leisurely affair by any stretch of the imagination. One day, it’s dumping snow, the next, it’s 70 degrees and you can almost watch the grass grow an inch in just a few hours. Everything seems to be in hurry to take advantage of the warmer weather. Streams rush down from the high alpine crags, and wildflowers seem to be racing each other to bloom — and in some cases, they are racing to win the services of the earliest pollinating insects. Everything is condensed into a few frenzied weeks of growth and change before the stasis of summer arrives. Continue reading

Morning photo: Cloudscapes

Look up …

Billowing would be the word!

Billowing would be the word!

FRISCO — Quite the display of cloud power the last few days, as massive thunderstorms loomed up over the Rocky Mountains and then blew eastward, out over the plains. Here are a few shots taken the last few days right here in Frisco, Colorado, most withing walking distance of Summit Voice headquarters. Catch our gallery of Colorado nature and landscape images at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Vistas

 Lights, camera …

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Guyot and Baldy, under the glow.

FRISCO — Every now and then the evening sky lights up with a vengeance, often when (and where) you least expect it. It’s almost a kind of guessing game, at least in terms of photography and finding the right spot to be to take advantage of that fire in the sky. Having some reflective water or silhouetted tree branches in the foreground is always good, right? Enjoy the daily snapshots and visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

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