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Morning photo: Flower power!

Fresh blooms …

Tundra wildflowers, Loveland Pass, Colorado.

Tundra wildflowers, Loveland Pass, Colorado.

FRISCO — It’s that sweet time of year when high country wildflower start to go nuts, I’ve never seen as many tall blue penstemon as in the past few days, which makes me realize that the flowers have their own cycles and rhythms that we can’t begin to understand yet. So on Tuesday morning, I ventured up to the Shrine Pass area to have a look, but the bulk of the blooming is still ahead. Still, using back-lighting, careful composition and the iPone camera’s HDR option, I was able to scare up a couple of decent shots. Continue reading

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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

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

Global warming stretches Rocky Mountain wildflower season

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In response to global warming, pasque flowers are blooming earlier in the spring in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. bberwyn photo.

Colorado ecosystems will see profound changes

Staff Report

FRISCO — The Rocky Mountain wildflower season is about one month longer than it was just a few decades ago.

That  may be pleasant for hikers and photographers, but the rapid shift in the timing of seasonal blooming will have profound consequences for birds and bugs that depend on the blooms for food.

The 39-year study shows  more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. Half the flowers start to bloom weeks earlier, more than a third are reaching their peak bloom earlier, and others are producing their last blooms later in the year. Continue reading

Morning photo: Editor’s choice

High country landscapes

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Sunset over Buffalo Mountain, Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — Indulging the inner photographer, I scrolled back through the Summit Voice archives to choose a few classic Summit County scenes from seasons gone by. Summit Voice photography is for sale at our online Fine Art America gallery. Continue reading

Morning photo: Saturday …

Whew!

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Here’s how the day started in Summit County, with a little help from Instagram.

FRISCO — Labor Day weekend got off to a good, if somewhat soggy, start, with visitors from the Front Range and around the country thronging the high country for one last summer weekend, even as ski resorts started ramping up sales efforts for season passes. But the lingering monsoon has kept things pretty warm. The moist air acts like a blanket; so far we haven’t had those first few crisp nights that often do in late August, but nobody is complaining. Continue reading

Morning photo: Thursday mashup

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Snake River, Summit County Colorado

Late summer wildflowers blooming along the Snake River in Summit County, Colorado,

FRISCO — A handful of midweek shots from Summit County and beyond … remember, our daily photo sets of snapshots are a pointer. If you like what you see, visit our online gallery at FineArt America for a selection of Summit County scenes available as fine art prints or greeting cards.

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A wildflower bonus season in Summit County, Colorado, as persistent rains have kept things fresh in the high country.

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Morning photo: Colorado tundra

In the alpine zone

Colorado wildflowers

Alpine bog laurel and globe flower.

FRISCO — All that late spring snow melted away pretty quickly once the weather warmed up in June, and the moisture is paying off with what looks like it’s going to be a bountiful wildflower season in the alpine zone. The tundra is a special place, home to species that grow around the world, either at high altitude or in far northern latitudes. It’s pretty cool to watch photo-based social media feeds like Instagram, where other nature enthusiasts are posting photos of similar species growing in Norway, for example. In any case, get out and enjoy the tundra the next couple of months, because the summer season is short up above 11,000 feet. Continue reading

Morning photo: Brilliance

Colors are popping in every way …

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A crazy blood moon over Summit County Sunday evening, as smoke from distant wildfires tinted the sky. I didn’t think the old Canon 300 mm zoom would be able to pick up this much detail in the darkness, but that full moon was pretty bright!

FRISCO —At about 10 p.m. last night, my teenager came out of his bedroom and asked, “Anybody know why the moon is bright orange?” We had noticed the wildfire haze earlier in the evening, but the sky was overcast at moonrise, so it wasn’t until the moon was pretty high that the unusual tint was visible, but what a sight. By Monday morning, most of the smoke had dispersed, but enough lingered to add just a touch of texture to the sky over the Rocky Mountains. Here’s what it looked like. Check our online FineArt America gallery for print quality landscape shots of Summit County, Colorado. Continue reading

Morning photo: Summer!

“And the livin’ is easy …”

A summer day ends peacefully along the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco, Colorado.

A summer day ends peacefully along the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — It’s a timely theme for the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat: Summer begins today with the solstice, when the sun rises and sets about as far to the north as it gets. Along with the astronomical implications, summer signifies a lot more — barbecues, fireworks, swimming, camping and picnics in cool green meadows or beneath shady trees. Here’s a selection of images culled from the Summit Voice files to celebrate the start of the season. Continue reading

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