Two former leaders of al-Muhajiroun, an extremist group with a small following that was banned in Britain after terrorist attacks in London in 2005, told reporters on Thursday that one London attack suspect was part of their circle.
Morning clouds glow on Peak One, near Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO —After a somewhat uneventful winter, at least weather-wise, the spring storms rolling through the area have livened up the skies over Summit County. It seems like the transition seasons, especially March and April, are especially good for colorful sunrises and sunsets. Just the past few days brought some amazing displays of color and clouds. (more…)
A full moon, near total eclipse, sinks behind Buffalo Mountain.
FRISCO — It’s no wonder that Sapphire Point is one of the all-time favorite wedding spots in Summit County. The craggy bluff overlooking Dillon Reservoir offers some of the best views in the county, stretching up the Upper Blue Valley to the south, the Tenmile and Gore Ranges to the west, the Lower Blue to the north and even the Continental Divide, with towering 14,000-foot peaks to the east. And in the last few years, logging on the little mountain has opened up the views even more. It’s a fail-safe spot for photography. Sometimes when I really want a good scenic but the light is questionable, I head up Swan Mountain Road and I’m rarely disappointed. (more…)
FRISCO — With all the magnificent, craggy peaks in Summit County, Lake Hill isn’t really all that big of a deal — a small, nondescript bump in the landscape between Frisco and Dillon, marking a local divide of sorts familiar to anyone making the daily commute around Summit County. But even if it’s not the biggest summit around, it does offer some impressive vistas of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding ranges and, based on my photo archives, a great spot to watch cloud formations develop over the high terrain. I’ve had the pleasure of watching some amazing sunrises and sunsets from the overlook along the trail to Old Dillon Reservoir. It’s become a go-to spot for a quick jaunt when the light is looking promising. Here are a few of the best shots from that location the past few months, dating back to last spring.
After a gray and misty start, the clouds lifted quickly, leaving Summit County looking fresh and clean in the morning sun.
SUMMIT COUNTY — I enjoyed a couple of leisurely, if early, photo shoot sessions over the weekend, getting out just before first light and lingering until the sun was well up in the sky. It’s nice to be able to patiently wait for the light to break just right, and that patience usually pays off with at least a few decent images. (more…)
FRISCO — An early morning walk up the Old Dillon Reservoir Trail paid off with some stunning sunrise views, as low-hanging clouds shrouded the base of the Tenmile Range. It’s pretty interesting to tromp around up there these days. Along with the logging that totally changed the landscape (and opened up some sweet views), the reservoir enlargement project is done and just waiting for spring runoff to fill. All in all, the area has a totally different feeling than just three or four years ago, when the old reservoir had the feel of a hideaway pond, The day ended with a nice evening stroll in the Meadow Creek wetlands, where autumn grasses and ice prevail. (more…)
Morning alpenglow paints the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of photography, with nearly every day yielding a good stash of photos. For today’s photo essay, I looked back over the past few days to choose some images that show the diversity of light, from fiery morning alpenglow to the silvery blue tones of a chilly winter-like sunrise and everything in between.
Early morning light on Buffalo Mountain and the Wildernest neighborhood.
Peak One through the morning mists on Dillon Reservoir.
FRISCO —I’ve been waiting for a while for one of those crisp mornings when the mists rise off the reservoir. A little later in the year, they will rise even higher, coating trees along the shore with thick frost. Today was chilly enough, at about 6 degrees when I got to Heaton Bay, and I fumbled a bit trying to work the camera controls with gloves on. The fog season only lasts a few weeks, because once the reservoir freezes over, well, that’s it for the year. The only distraction today was the loud noise of the snow guns at the Frisco tubing hill, which could be clearly heard all the way across the water. But hey, we have to sacrifice for dollars and recreation, right? And it’s only for a few more weeks … (more…)
A November storm clears over the Gore Range early Sunday morning.
FRISCO —I’ve been waiting for a good snowy morning for a few weeks, and even though the temperatures (in the low teens) were bracing compared to the mild weather of the last few days, it was well worth getting out early for a walk on the Tenderfoot Trail, which always offers great view of first light on the Gore and Tenmile ranges. It wasn’t exactly the biggest dump, but after a long hot summer and last winter’s snow drought, it’s great to see anything white falling from the sky! (more…)
A slant of sunrise light creates a yin and yang pattern over the Continental Divide.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Sunsets are groovy, but I’ve always had a fascination with the dawn light, perhaps because I’m an early riser by nature. And this time of year, I didn’t even have to get up too early to scramble up toward Old Dillon Reservoir in time to capture a few shots of a sunrise that could have gone either way. At first glance out the kitchen window, I was pretty excited to see a low cloud deck with a fairly large swath of clear skies to the east, a perfect setup for good light.
By the time I turned right on to Dillon Dam Road, however, it was clear that the clouds were moving toward the east, quickly cutting of that ribbon of clear sky. At that point, I reckoned the odds were about 50-50 that it would be a gray dawn, without much color. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but a splash of glowing orange or hot pink on a chilly winter morning is always a nice thing. In the end, the clouds lifted just enough make things interesting and varied. All the hues and colors in these photos were taken in the course of a single sunrise spanning about 30 minutes. (more…)
FRISCO — Sometimes we really do save the best for the last, and in the case of the December gallery, it’s true. No matter that it was a low-snow year, the final month of 2011 ended up being stellar for photography. Instead of big powder dumps, local water ways formed unique ice formations, and the ice sailors had one of their best seasons in years. Please vote in the poll to determine the December image for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar and contact me directly if you’d like to purchase any of the images as prints or gift cards, or visit our online Imagekind gallery.
WASHINGTON—Moving quickly to stem a raging controversy, the new acting head of the Internal Revenue Service started cleaning house Thursday by replacing the supervisor who oversaw agents involved in targeting tea party groups.