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

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

Morning photo: Delightful December

Not much sun but, oh, the snow!

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December moon set over the Gore Range, Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — It didn’t take too long to run through a year’s worth of Summit County images from the Summit Voice archives, and here we are, with a few choice shots from December 2012, including some moonset shots taken from along Oro Grande Road. I didn’t have a huge number of shots from December, but ended up being pretty happy with the ones I did find. What’s your favorite December scene? Leave a comment and let us know, and if you like our daily snapshots, visit the online Fine Art America gallery for a great selection of Summit County landscape images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Calendar time!

Some January shots …

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January sky over Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —Last January may not have been the snowiest month, but it was definitely wintry, at least judging by the Summit Voice photo archives, which features some stellar shots of the always-groovy ice formations along the Snake River, along with some killer sunsets and stunning sunrise images of the Gore Range. It’s hard for me to narrow down the selection to a half-dozen, and if you have a favorite that you think should be included, leave a comment in the box at the end of the post. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

Climate: Winter sports athletes say: #ourtimeisnow

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Climate action needed now to protect winter for future generations.

School outreach, social media campaign aims to empower youth

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Ski and snowboard pros like Gretchen Bleiler and Jeremy Jones don’t need the IPCC to tell them that climate change is already having big impacts — they’ve been experiencing the changes first-hand for years. And as part of the Protect Our Winters campaign, they’ve taken their action-oriented message from the halls of Congress to the auditoriums at schools around the country. This month, POW relaunched its “Hot Planet/Cool Athletes” program to bring that perspective into classrooms.

The goal is to explain climate change in an engaging way, and to inspire and empower students to become involved in the movement to protect the winter sports and winter mountain environment. Sponsored by The North Face, and in association with Clif Bar, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Teton Gravity Research, the program has already been presented to more than 20,000 students at 41 schools nationwide since 2011. Continue reading

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