Spring has come early to large parts of the Northern Hemisphere warming under a blanket of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, so it’s time to say goodbye to winter with some images celebrating icy creeks. These photos are from Colorado, a global warming hotspot, where the average temperature has increased faster than in any other state in recent years, compared to the previous 30-year meteorological period. This year the trend continued across much of the U.S. and other parts of the world that all reported record warmth during February. In mid-February, the thermometer reached 80 degrees at DIA for the first time ever. Heat waves scorched Australia and parts of South America, and parts of western Europe were also record- or near-record warm, including Austria, where the average countrywide temperature was 2.8 degrees Celsius above the long-term average, with a few individual stations setting all-time heat records for the month. You’ll probably still be able to enjoy frozen wintry scenes like this for a few more years, but if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut soon, many areas probably won’t see much winter weather by 2050. We need #climateaction now.
A quick flashback set featuring winter scenes from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s not always that easy to get motivated for a photo session when it’s below freezing outside, but it’s always worth it when you do, because, well, there are some things that you can only see in winter — delicate ice filaments forming on the surface of a creek that somehow manages to keep flowing through sub-zero air, or a winter storm clearing just in time to give way to the warm orange glow of sunrise. And it’s always fun to take a look at the structure of ice. So don’t put away your camera when the weather gets chilly. Just make sure your batteries are fully charged
Scientists eye winter ecosystems in ice-covered lakes
A team of international scientists who studied more than 100 lakes during the winter said there’s more going on beneath the ice than we realized. Their findings stand to complicate the understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is warming lakes around the planet, and shortening the ice season on many lakes. Other parts of the planet’s cryosphere are also melting under the thickening layer of heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution.
“As ice seasons are getting shorter around the world, we are losing ice without a deep understanding of what we are losing,” said Stephanie Hampton, a Washington State University professor and lead author of a new study published in the journal Ecology Letters. “Food for fish, the chemical processes that affect their oxygen and greenhouse gas emissions will shift as ice recedes.” Continue reading “Life under the ice”→
Delicate ice ribbons along the edge of Tenmile Creek.
Winter sunrise along the Blue River.
A cottonwood leaf, trapped in the ice of Meadow Creek.
Morning sun streams over a frozen pond along the Snake River.
FRISCO — Cruising along the edge of local waterways on these frosty winter mornings always yields a few surprises, like the incredibly delicate latticeworks of ice frost on display in this set. A steady source of moisture, combined with sudden changes in temperature and sunshine, create dynamic landscapes that can change from day to day, and even hour to hour, and if you happen to be in the right place at the right time with camera in hand, it can be pure magic. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
So blue! Dillon Reservoir and the Tenmile Range from Sapphire Point in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — Exploring in winter requires a little more effort than just slipping on a pair of flip-flops for a casual summer jaunt to the beach, but it’s well worth the effort, especially if you’re a shutterbug. Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged, look for a pair of thin glove liners so you can operate your camera without getting frostbite, and then wander out into the winter landscapes with your eyes wide open. This set is compiled from the freeze-up season, when the world is in transition. For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
FRISCO —A quick gallery on the cusp of seasons as we head toward the solstice and the official start of winter in Summit County and the final freeze-up of Dillon Reservoir. The slow start to snowfall in December may not be the best for skiers and local resorts, but it’s been interesting to watch the slow weather transitions from a photography standpoint. This year, the first big snow came BEFORE the ice; now, the snow is starting to melt again (at least in the valleys), which kind of makes it feel like the seasons went into reverse a little bit! Continue reading “Morning photo: The edge”→
Black ice forming along the edge of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.
Morning sunlight streams into the Snake River Canyon near Keystone, Colorado.
Serene winter sunset in Colorado.
Alpine ice in Colorado.
FRISCO — Sure, we all love snow, but I say ice is underrated. There’s such beauty in watching winter take hold across streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Later in the winter it will all be covered with snow, so now’s the time to venture out to the edge of the water and watch the weird and wonderful development of the mountain cryosphere. At times, you can hear the ice sing and ping as it stretches, cracks and grows. In other places, where shards of ice are blown by the wind, it can sound like thousands of little ringing bells. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado.