Dried grass glows under afternoon sunlight against the backdrop of a dark forest in Thayatal National Park, Lower Austria.
Late afternoon light shimmers on budding trees in Thayatal National Park, Lower Austria.
A fallen beech in Thayatal National Park, Austria.
Green tinged fields in Lower Austria under an evening sky.
A spring rainstorm builds above the agricultural plains north of Vienna, Austria.
The Lower Austrian landscape encompasses everything from wild beech forests and deep river canyons to manicured fields — not to mention acres and acres of vineyard, but that’s another story! Austrians are still getting used to the concept of national parks. Thayatal was founded in 2002, so some local visitors still don’t quite understand why the park managers simply leave downed trees on the ground. It’s considered a waste by some, and the park features signs explaining how it’s a deliberate effort to recreate landscapes where natural processes are left to function without much interference. In this small country, nearly every acre of land is spoken for, most of it outside towns and cities dedicated to agriculture, but slowly, resource managers are making some headway in restoring natural ecosystems in a few areas, to the benefit of native species.
An iPhone pano from the frozen surface of Dillon Reservoir, looking west to northwest.
Morning alpenglow over Baldy.
Gore Range peaks rising above the frozen mists on a cold January morning.
Roadside, Loveland Pass, Colorado.
FRISCO — There’s nothing better than a mountain sunrise or sunset on a crisp winter day, with deep snow all around to help diffuse the light and add sparkle to the air. For this set, I pulled a handful of images from the archives going back just a few weeks, starting around the time of the winter solstice. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.
FRISCO — Some spectacular scenes in the Colorado high country this year, with copious winter snows, stunning wave cloud sunsets and a wonderful summer monsoon, wildflower and mushroom season. Here are some of our favorite shots from the first few months of the year, covering deep winter to the first signs of spring in May. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images. Continue reading “Morning photo: Best of 2014”→
FRISCO — It wasn’t until I finished posting this set that I realized how clouds are featured in every shot — although I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. Try to imagine how any of these scenes would have looked with an empty blue sky. Still nice, probably, but not nearly as dramatic. In fact, the clouds really alter the quality of the light, especially in the Peak 1 shot, and it’s really all about the clouds in the Dillon Reservoir scene. With the monsoon gradually building, it’s time to grab your camera and head for the hills. Send us some of your images and we’ll feature them in an upcoming photo essay, and don’t forget to check out our online gallery at Fine Art America!Continue reading “Morning photo: Mountain glory”→
FRISCO — At this rate I’m starting to wonder if there will still be snow on the ground going into June. It seems feasible that, even at valley elevations, a few thick drifts could persist in shady forests around town. With so little green yet to be seen, I had to delve back into the archives to find some seasonal spring love. Please visit our online gallery for more Summit County nature and landscape scenes.
FRISCO — After a few days of scrunching in close to ice formations, laying belly down in slush and gravel beside the streams, it felt good to step back, figuratively and literally, and shoot some wide-open vistas. After editing the moonrise shot, I decided to go back through the archives and look for a few other wide angle images to complement the shot of the day. Here’s what I came up with. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading “Morning photo: Vistas”→