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Morning photo: Winter’s last gasp?

Comes a time …

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March sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Comes a time each year when you know that winter is on its way out, but just doesn’t want to let go quite yet. While lowlanders enjoy emerging snowdrops and daffodils, high country dwellers are chipping away at several months worth of ice buildup from their drives. For me, everytime there’s a late winter or early spring storm, I’m wondering it it’s going to be the last opportunity to take one more set of snow pics. This set includes images from the last few years all taken in the last two weeks of winter. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Got snow?

We do!

Deep in the Gore Range.

Deep in the Gore Range.

FRISCO —Mid-March, Friends are posting pictures of crocuses, daffodils and forsythia blooming outdoors, as well as meadows greening up and trees starting to bud out — but not here in the high country, where winter still grips the land. Here’s how it looked March 15, 2014 around Summit County. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday set

The Snake River revisited

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Morning sun.

FRISCO —I wandered back up along the Snake River this morning for the first time in quite a while. I usually cruise around this area in the late fall and early winter to capture the ice and frost that forms when diurnal temperature contrasts are high. I wasn’t really expecting to find much of that, given the deep snow cover, but I was looking forward to seeing that same area with deep, deep snow. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America. Continue reading

Morning photo: Stillness

Winter views

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Moonglow.

FRISCO —For today’s photo set, I tried to pick one photo from each of the past few winters, including this one. The fun part for me was looking back through the archives and comparing snow and weather conditions from different years. During some of the drier winters, we were still seeing bare ground in late December. Regardless of the weather, there’s always a fabulous scene to photograph — you just have to know where to look! Continue reading

Morning photo: Frozen!

Icy goodness

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Dawn sky glow tints a batch of icicles outside our kitchen window in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —Living in a place where sub-freezing temps are common for at least half the year, you learn to appreciate the friendly side of the cold season. I’ve long had a fascination with frozen things, so jaunting about with a camera to capture some of the ice formations is second nature. When I saw the theme of this week’s #FriFotos twitter chat, I knew it wouldn’t take too long to pull a few appropriate images out of the archives. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for a full selection of Colorado landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Winter glow

Dawn patrol …

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Golden morning light on the Gore Range.

FRISCO — There’s no question that winter brings its own spectacular palette to the party, often painting the sky with colors that aren’t seen in any other season. I think there’s some kind of interplay between the sky and the snow that I don’t really understand, but I’m guessing it’s based in part of snow’s incredible ability to reflect and refract light. In any case, when conditions are just right, it’s pure winter magic. Visit the online Summit Voice gallery for a full selection of Summit County landscape images, available as fine art prints or notecards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Short days …

Long nights

Monday moonrise in Summit County, Colorado.

Monday moonrise in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —The longest nights of the year are upon us, and it’s not surprising that we decorate our homes and yards with bright lights, as if to banish the darkness. Even at 10 a.m. the sun casts long shadows, painting snow drifts with pale blue light. Maybe that’s why I was so eager to try and get a picture of the December full moon rising last night — this time of year, the lunar orb almost (but not quite) seems to outshine the sun. If you like our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery for a great selection of Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

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