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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

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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

Morning photo: Eclectic

When water turns to ice …

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Waterdance …

FRISCO —Sifting through my shots from the last few days, I noticed once again how drawn I am to waterside scenes. Sometimes I think that I really ought to try and get away from the streams, lakes and reservoirs and focus on dry land landscapes, just for a change of pace. But especially this time of the year, when water starts making that mystical change from liquid to solid, it’s just so tempting to try and capture that dynamic process — in color or, as in a few of the shots in this set, in black and white. Click on the images to see them full size, and visit our online gallery for more Summit County landscape magic. Continue reading

Morning photo: Ice obsession

Frozen stuff …

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A micro-landscape along Meadow Creek, in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —OK, so I’ll admit I have an ice obsession, at least for a few weeks in the fall, when the streams of Summit County start to freeze over. Later in the fall and in the winter, soft snow pillows cover most of creekbeds and streambanks, but for a few weeks in late October and early November, you can kind of see the bones of the rivers as they slow to a trickle. The freeze-up starts in the deepest parts of the canyons, usually where there are some overhanging branches. Splashes of water freeze in the cold air above the stream, then drip down, creating quite an amazing variety of shapes. Set against the flowing water, it can be a magical scene. Please visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading

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