FRISCO — For the last sunrise of 2012, I wandered up the Ptarmigan Trail, near Silverthorne. Since I’m trying to be cautious about how much fossil fuel I consume, I don’t often drive all the across the county for a morning walk. There are plenty of places nearby that the dogs and I enjoy, but when I saw the mid-level clouds drifting over the valleys, I wanted to get somewhere high enough to have a good vantage point. Almost every trek to the Ptarmigan Trail has yielded some high quality images, in any season, Monday’s sunrise didn’t disappoint. The light was a bit murky at first, but when the sun broke through and started illuminating the peaks, it was pure magic.
Many of the images in Summit Voice photo essays are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism!
FRISCO — As much as I’ve been looking forward to photographing snow, it’s still a bit of a shock to go outside at 7 a.m. into single-digit temps. But the dogs must be walked, so Monday, I headed over to one of my favorite shoreline trails for a quick stroll. I couldn’t find my thin glove liners, so I decided to leave the DSLR at home and just use the iPhone. At first it looked a little desolate and barren; stumps from the clearcutting jutting through the snow, scraggly grass … but once I let my eyes wander, I found some pleasing subjects, including a stand of dried thistles that were just begging to have their picture taken. It turns out that the thistles were about the only bit of color in a monochromatic landscape.
SUMMIT COUNTY —A new study suggesting that Greenland’s ice cap may not melt as quicky as anticipated quickly raced to the top of the most-viewed story list on the weekend, once again driven by Google News. Both the top stories illustrate an interesting trend (interesting if you’re an online journalism geek, anyway) of peak page views on the weekend, which is not in line with most data showing that web-browsing, especially on news sites, goes down on Saturday and Sunday.
Our second most-viewed story just posted this morning and picked up more than 1,500 page views thanks to a posting on Slashdot.org. Facebook played a bigger role than usual in the weekly count, as a story about wolves in Wyoming was posted and reposted on several Facebook pages. As always, click the headlines to read and share your favorites with the social media buttons at the end of each post.
SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the biggest stories of last winter was the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wracked Japan, severely damaging a nuclear power plant. A few weeks later, the EPA reported radioactive rain falling across the USA. While the levels of radioactivity were very low, the entire episode gave pause to the quest to develop new nuclear power plants, as some countries even announced they would close existing facilities: Radioactive rain reported from West Coast to New England.
Twitter ‘Blackbird Pie’ lets you embed tweets directly in posts and maintain active links
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — If you publish a WordPress blog, you’re probably also on Twitter, and while there has already been some good integration between the two platforms, WordPress now lets you embed tweets directly in your posts, where they appear the way they look in your Twitter stream with Twitter Blackbird Pie.
The embedded tweets retain all their functionality, including the links within the tweets, so readers can click from the displayed messages to the original source.
If, for example, you’re writing a WordPress blog post about the after-effects of the Gulf oil disaster, you could do a Twitter search for #oilspill to find the latest relevant Tweets.
Then you simply embed the url of the tweet in its own separate line in the WordPress.com text box. To find the url, click on the time stamp at the bottom of the tweet.