Not your average city park squirrel, this little mammal looks downright ferocious — for a squirrel.
A muskrat enjoys an evening swim in a backyard pond.
An osprey soaring near its next in Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — A couple of days ago, after dropping my son off at the High School, I noticed what looked like a handful of fluffy white clumps at the Blue River inlet to Dillon Reservoir. As I got closer, I realized that the white clumps were actually pelicans, heads tucked beneath their wings to guard against the chilly morning after an overnight dusting of snow. Seeing these birds seems a bit incongruous, especially in wintry weather, but they are actually common visitors to Colorado.
Just this week, the Boulder Daily Camera reported that white pelicans helped eliminate a pesky population of non-native goldfish in a local lake. I was able to get close enough to snap a few decent images, and decided to post a few other random critter pics I’ve taken during the past few years — a reminder that wildlife is a cherished part of our natural heritage in Colorado and that we need to be mindful of how our plans for water and development affect animals.
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‘A quality artist, it would seem, should have the capacity to express the beauty of their experience without spelling out its name on a map’
By David LaGreca
I have the greatest respect for all who venture to experience the appeal and the raw essence that comes with the mountains. The freedom that is held amongst the hills is summoned upon each mission we take, each peak we summit, each line we ski, each meadow we pass through en route to that remote liberty. Our passions are aligned, I assure you, but I fear that many of those places we all cherish are at risk.
What’s at risk is not immediately from development in many of these places, such as in the precious Gore Range and other Summit County spectacles. Instead, what is at risk is serenity itself. That peace we are guaranteed when we strive beyond the limits of the masses to serve out a deeper purpose in the mountains is, I fear, being threatened. That the slow erosion of this peace and silence is marketed wholesale online by its most frequent patrons, the outdoor enthusiasts themselves, is a dangerous irony we cannot ignore. Continue reading “Hey, mountaineers — Think before you blog!”→
$975,000 state grant will help fund environmental work
FRISCO — An ambitious effort to restore the Swan River got a big boost this month with a $975,000 state grant.
The restoration area includes about 3,500 linear feet of the river along Tiger Road in the Swan River drainage, 11 miles northeast of Breckenridge, on land jointly owned by Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge.
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.
FRISCO —After about five months of snow and cold, it’s understandable that some people might want to just curl up beneath a thick blanket for a few weeks to wait for spring. But if you do, you might miss scenes like this: Exquisite morning sunshine filtering through tall pines, the tangerine-colored glow of a winter sunset and the crumpled snow fields that look like cake frosting. Enjoy the last bits of winter, especially in the era of global warming, when winter snows seem far from a sure thing. For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
Blue winter light along the headwaters of Clear Creek.
Ice, snow and water melding in Tenmile Creek at Copper Mountain.
Tough to capture the full intensity of winter light in black and white, but always worth a try.
Brilliance along the Snake River.
FRISCO —Some frost and snow, morning light and a sparkling creek are the perfect ingredients for winter landscape photography. I definitely got my feet dampened a little for a few of these shots, tromping around the slushy edges of the water, but it’s always worth it. 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.