Colorado River Basin snowpack and streamflow forecasts now similar to 1977, 2002 and 2012 drought years
FRISCO — Continued drought in the Far West, along with Colorado’s push to develop a first-ever statewide water plan, should be reason enough for Coloradans to take an interest in the state of the Colorado River.
One of the best chances to get a user-friendly update is at the annual State of River meeting, sponsored by the Blue River Watershed Group.
Hands-on water experts will explain how this year’s snowmelt will play out and how that affects operations of Dillon Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir — both for water deliveries downstream and for onsite recreational use.
A muted spring twilight dominated by blues and grays.
Ice shelves at the edge of Dillon Reservoir crack as the water level fluctuates during the frozen season.
This boulder is a good indicator of the water level in Dillon Reservoir.
So much blue!
FRISCO — Blue is one of my favorite colors, but when it comes to photography, it can be an annoyance. Recently, we had a string of twilights when partially overcast skies predominated. Other than a few splashes of warm colors in the vicinity of the setting sun, the general theme was blue, heightened by the way digital cameras pick up that end of the light spectrum. So rather than fighting it, I decided to go with it in this set, featuring those cool tones in a set of shots all taken along Dillon Reservoir. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
FRISCO —More wandering along the edge of Dillon Reservoir during the ice-melt season yielded this series of images, all taken at different times of day. Can you guess which are morning shots and which are taken in the evening? By now, much of the ice has already melted away from the shore, but with a few days of cold weather in the forecast, I’m expecting some areas to refreeze, which means that we’ll have kind of an instant replay of the melt-off. That’s the way it goes here in the Colorado high country!
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Autumn leaves trapped in spring ice along Meadow Creek.
Emerging grasses in the evening glow along the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir.
The icy edge.
Sunset glow highlights the texture of the melting ice.
FRISCO — Watching the ice melt from along the shoreline of local ponds, creeks and reservoirs is one of the best things about early spring. It takes a while here in the high country to transition from winter to summer. Even once the snow melts, the plants don’t respond immediately, so even when the snow is gone, we don’t get a quick green-up. There’s likely still more snow ahead, and certainly, more sub-freezing nighttime temperatures, so the wildflowers aren’t in a big hurry to appear. But the dynamic changes of the ice cover during the melt season more than makes up for it, at least in terms of photography! If you get a chance, take a stroll around some of the coves and inlets along Dillon Reservoir or your local beaver ponds and wetlands, and check out the changes of the season. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
FRISCO — Spring may be the most dynamic season for streams, ponds and reservoirs in the Colorado high country. After months of winter stasis, the lengthening days and warming temperatures bring change on a daily basis, as long-frozen surfaces suddenly turn into slushy puddles, only to refreeze at night as the temps drop just below freezing.
Additionally, the water level fluctuates beneath the ice, sometimes creating slanted surfaces that enable subsequent meltwater to flow in unusual patterns. I tried to capture some of that with the images in this set, all captured along the edge of Dillon Reservoir in the past few days. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
Ice remnants melting at Pine Cove, near Frisco, Colorado.
Golden grasses were well preserved under winter snows near the Dillon Marina.
Spring storm clearing over the Tenmile Range.
FRISCO —There’s nothing like a little warm spring sunshine to warm the body and soul after a long winter, and April tends to be the month when things really start warming up in the high country of Colorado — at least on those days in between late-season snowstorms. Of course every year brings a different mood, and this set is compiled from shots taken in April 2012, which ended up being the warmest year on record in Colorado, and when Dillon Reservoir melted earlier than ever before. So instead of a frozen sheen of ice, we had open water combining with April light for some magical morning scenes. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
Evening view of Dillon and Peak One from the Ptarmigan Trail.
Slanting sunlight over Dillon Reservoir.
Snowmelt pond in Frisco.
Sunset over the Tenmile Range.
Evening shadow play.
FRISCO —You want drama? Wait around for a Colorado sunset, or get up early to catch those first rays and you won’t be disappointed, as this set of images from the past week shows. Even just a simple evening stroll along a well-worn path near Dillon Reservoir can turn into an intense light-hunting safari, as the sun near the horizon does its thing, illuminating clouds from below and lending its glow to the melting snowfields. Can you tell which shots are Instagrammed and which ones are straight out of the DSLR? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.