Wintry Mix


This post is an assortment … an array, medley, potpourri, etcetera, of recent images I decided to process! It includes some that didn’t fit into previous post themes, and others that I found reviewing folders from the past 2 months. Spring arrived on the calendar but it doesn’t feel like it here in Colorado. March is typically our snowiest month and it’s no surprise to us if we get some in April. We’ve learned to hold off putting our shovels away until late May! It’s all good … we just need to be a little more patient and appreciate what the snow brings to our forests and rivers. It’s a gift that will slowly melt off the peaks now through summer. Although ready for a change, once gone I will undoubtedly miss the unique photo opportunities the snow creates.

A fresh coating of snow coats a mountain in Ouray County, Colorado.

‘Frozen Landscape’ © Denise Bush

Three gambel oaks are a frequent subject for this photographer ... in all kinds of seasons and at sunset and sunrise.

‘Tree Trio’ © Denise Bush

An old fashioned barn graces the mountainside in a nostalgic winter scene.

‘Picturesque Barn In Winter’ © Denise Bush
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In the mountains of Colorado one of the first signs of spring is the willows waking up with vibrant yellow, orange and red.

‘Vibrant Willows’ © Denise Bush

A stand of aspen trees stand out in in a winter scene of white

‘Aspen Row In Winter’ © Denise Bush

A line of bare aspen trees with only sky behind them creates a beautiful winter statement.

‘Wintry Row’ © Denise Bush

The day comes to a close with its last light upon the north end of Cimarron Ridge, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Days End Over Ridge’ © Denise Bush

A barn in the mountains makes an idyllic winter scene.

‘Serene Scene’ © Denise Bush

The Turrets are a ridge of smaller pinnacles and spires in the Cimarron Range, a subset of the San Juan Mountains and Rocky Mountains.

‘Turrets To The East’ © Denise Bush

A line of trees on a distant hillside stand in mornings warm light while the mountains remain in cloudy shadow.

‘Morning Line-up’ © Denise Bush

A ranch gate acts as a frame for the distant mountain in this winter scene.

‘Gated Sunset’ © Denise Bush

Nothing too new here … just more mountain sunsets I’ve had the pleasure to witness this winter. With limited mobility this time of year my telephoto lens is a frequent choice. I can focus on the peaks where the snow is always fresh and pair them with interesting portions of the sky. For this kind of scene, the two ingredients together are what is important to me. Many outings fail to make the cut when either is lacking. But, I don’t let it disappoint me when it doesn’t work out, because it’s worth being out there no matter what. Breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying the scenery as daylight fades is always a good experience. Now, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy!

High winds wispe clouds over the San Juan mountains creating what's known as horse tail clouds.

‘Sweeping San Juan Clouds’ © Denise Bush
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Sunset takes on a fiery look over Mount Wilson near Telluride, Colorado.

‘Light Show Over Wilson’ © Denise Bush

A light coat of snow  signals winter’s arrival in the mountains of Colorado

‘A Distant View’ © Denise Bush

A small mountain beside the grand San Juans of Colorado is crowned with a beautiful sunet sky.

‘Little Mountain Sunset’ © Denise Bush

Windswept clouds over the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado are a wonderous, winter sight.

‘Windswept Mountains’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful sky appears at sunset to complement this wintry mountain peak.

‘Painted Sky Above Peak’ © Denise Bush

The last light of day strikes a mountain ridge with warm light, coloring the clouds pink.

‘Snowy Ridge Highlights’ © Denise Bush

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There’s no hope and no changing me now … I can’t stop … finding new stories in old relics that is! Always loving the country and tales of a simpler time in American History I recall being attracted to like treasures at an early age. When traveling I’m always looking, and scanning the views left and right. Discovering new relics, or having a successful photo shoot with one is my kind of fun! Usually more selective, I was surprised by how many I had for this set. Since my blog also serves as a way to document current work I decided to include all the candidates this time. Some of the images were shot in cloudy conditions and others when it was sunny or during the golden hour. In this larger set we can again see how much the temperature of the light affects the scene. In cloudy weather the mood is cold, serious and sometimes sullen. And it’s quite the opposite when sunny. That isn’t to say I think one is better than another … they just convey different moods. With snow scenes even more of a difference can be noticed in the hue of the snow reflecting the color of the sky, time of day and quality of the light. I hope you’ll have fun looking and using your imagination. I wonder, if these relics could talk about what they have seen, what would they say?

An old log farm building is a reminder of the past as it survives another snowstorm.

‘Where The Willows Grow’ © Denise Bush

Some aspen trees grow right up alongside and old cabin ... perhaps helping to hold it up!

‘Close Companions’ © Denise Bush

An old rusty car from the past isn't going anywhere soon, content to sit in the sun and snow.

‘Rusting In The Snow’ © Denise Bush

Chicken wire and a piece of metal are past attempts on discouraging rodents like marmots, opossums and squirels from entering this abandoned building.

‘Critters Keep Out!’ © Denise Bush

An old log barn displays a lot of character in warm, late day light!

‘Log Leaner’ © Denise Bush

Winter conjurs up the images of Courier & Ives in the snowy countryside.

‘Winter Ranch Nostalgia’ © Denise Bush
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A small house and barn remind of how it was on the ranch in the old days!

‘Ranch House & Barn’ © Denise Bush

A barn that was featured in the original True Grit movie, starring John Wayne still stands, surrounded by a new fence and snow.

‘Old Barn With New Fence’ © Denise Bush

An old shed leaning to the right has seen better days. We can only guess what is inside ... violaters will be prosecuted!

‘Posted Private Property’ © Denise Bush

An old cabin located on a Colorado ranch soaks up some warm winter sun.

‘Cowboy Cabin’ © Denise Bush

What this shed was used for in the past is unknown. Now it has become a place to pile used tires.

‘The Tire Shed’ © Denise Bush

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Back in January my post ‘Alone’ featured the solitary trees I am always on the lookout for. I mentioned that I also keep an eye out for groups of trees … groups that make an artistic impression. My attraction might include pattern, repetition, arrangement and/or placement. When a couple of my selections for this set looked good in black & white, I decided to convert them all. I especially like monochrome winter landscapes, so now is the time! I saw something special in each of these scenes and hope you enjoy viewing them. And, as an avid tree lover I am always adding to my ‘Tremendous Trees’ store gallery. Your favorites sometimes help me decide what to add to that larger collection.

Just over the hill, a line of spruce trees look lovely in the fresh snow.

‘Just Over The Hill’ © Denise Bush
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The bare branches of winter allows a beautiful group of healthy, young aspens a chance to show off their design and structure.

‘Delicate Aspens In Winter’ © Denise Bush

A mature aspen and offspring shoots sparkle with a frosty coating.

‘Aspen Family In The Snow’ © Denise Bush

Some young aspens collect snow on their branches to create a wintry pattern in B&W.

‘Snowy Branches’ © Denise Bush

The fresh fallen snow clings to branches and needles of a beautiful stand of spruce trees.

‘Frosted Forest’ © Denise Bush

Everyone loves the aspens for their beautiful bark among other qualities.

‘Aspen Trunks In B&W’ © Denise Bush

If you like winter images in b&w you might like to see my blog post, ‘WINTER SCENES IN B&W’, added at the beginning of the year. See more ‘TREMENDOUS TREES’ here!

This post features some snowy, winter landscapes, shot recently here and there, not too far from home. Getting out with my camera has been a saving grace during this time of safety and isolation. I watch the weather, think about where to go and then take my chances hoping my choice will offer favorable results. Excited by a days shoot, a lot of photographers like to review their images as soon as they can. I like to wait a few days … perhaps it’s to have a fresh perspective. I look over the shots to see if any excite me and sometimes need to work with others to decide if they are successful. Usually having a variety of themes in the works at once, I’ll decide how current choices fit in. Collecting blog images in folders, I then edit down to my favorites, and what works well together. This collection, for instance, didn’t feel finished and ready until I added more, and deleted others.

A crooked evergreen has a beautiful view of the mountains in a clearing storm, near Ouray, Colorado.

‘Tree In Clearing Storm’ © Denise Bush

Three evergreens frame a mountain as a winter storm clears, in Ouray Colorado.

‘In The Clear’ © Denise Bush

A modest little mountain, just beyond big cottonwood trees creates a pleasant winter scene.

‘Little Mountain In Winter’ © Denise Bush

Near Telluride, the Ophir Needles are beautiful forms in the last light of day.

‘Last Light On Ophir Needles’ © Denise Bush

Clouds lift after a winter storm, just below the peak of Mount Abram in Ouray, Colorado.

‘Mount Abram Reveal’ © Denise Bush
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Trees below Corbett Peak, near Ridgway Colorado compete for attention with their early morning frosty coating.

‘Frosty Trees Below Corbett’ © Denise Bush

Some frosty aspen trees sparkle in the foreground of this winter mountain scene.

‘Frosty Aspen Family’ © Denise Bush

Mount Sneffels is beautiful in every season and from many vantage points.

‘Sneffels View In Winter’ © Denise Bush

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Winter Relics


While making my rounds close to home, I couldn’t resist stopping to capture some familiar relics, now resting in the snow. In my view there is always a new image to be made when the subject has character and can tell a story. I also enjoyed stopping to photograph a couple of other subjects that have caught my eye, more than once while wandering. Looking at these together I am reminded how much the cloudy-cool or sunny-warm color of the light affects a snowy scene. The lighting influences the mood … cheerful and bright, or calm and peaceful. Adding to the stories, these the relics seem all the more vulnerable in the snow, making me wonder … how many winters they have sat in the harsh elements and yet survived.

A little log cabin completes the picture to make a quaint winter scene.

‘Log Cabin Between Trees’ © Denise Bush

A weathered shack, surrounded by farm equipment makes a fun subject in the snow.

‘Shack & Relics In Winter’ © Denise Bush

An old log cabin, weathered by the elements reminds us of a day gone by.

‘Cabin Remains’ © Denise Bush

An old style barn lights up in the late day sun on a cold winter day.

‘Barn On Winter Slope’ © Denise Bush
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Old cabin remains hang on by a thread in the winter elements.

‘Weathered Remains’ © Denise Bush

I started out with more images in this post but even while I liked all of the images, something was bothering me. I ended up deciding to delete a couple of them, and in doing so I realized the group then made a stronger set. For me, sometimes less is more!

For this post I have collected images that feature mountains, along with interesting clouds. I feel each image here gives equal importance to the mountains and clouds … more or less. For me, clouds can make or break a scene. As a matter of fact, I can get quite picky about them! The clouds need to be balanced and have more interest than ordinary clouds. Shapes and composition enter into the equation too. I have been collecting images for this post since the summer … so don’t be surprised by some green! Along with some very recent additions they represent a collection I feel combines the mountains and clouds successfully.

An unsettled sky creates cloud interest over the Sneffels Range near Ridgway, Colorado.

‘Crazy Clouds’ © Denise Bush
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The peak of Mount Hayden peaks out of illuminated clouds at sunset.

‘Hayden Peak Peeking’ © Denise Bush

A smoky sky turns pink over Sunshine Mountain, near Telluride, Colorado.

‘Smoky Sky At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A a hovering cloud makes peak in the Grenadier Range of Southwest Colorado look like it's smoking.

‘Smoking Mountain’ © Denise Bush

Sunshine Mountain is one of the more recognizable mountains near Telluride, in San Miguel County, Colorado.

‘Last Sunlight On Sunshine Mountain’ © Denise Bush

A peak in the Sneffels Range, S9 peeks out of the clouds in time to shine in the setting sun.

‘Above The Clouds’ © Denise Bush

Clouds drift over Sneffels peak in a game of hide n seek.

‘Hide ‘N Seek’ © Denise Bush



I have been on the lookout for interesting lone tree subjects since the beginning of my photo journey. Trees with a nice shape, trees that standout against the sky or have an interesting background, catch my attention. In my previous post I featured an image of a lone tree in a small B&W collection. The image, ‘Little Tree In Pasture’ was the most popular in that post and it got a lot of likes on my Facebook page too. I wondered if it was that we feel empathy for the little tree, out there all alone, surviving in the cold snow. Thinking about lone trees as subjects a little further, I decided the stories can vary. A mighty cottonwood in a farm field might tell a story of strength and independence. Another serves as a sturdy sentinel to a distant scene while a small tree perched on a cliff tells the story of bravery against the elements. In conclusion I suppose what makes lone trees so appealing is that they are fun to personify in the stories they tell. Giving them human qualities exercises our imaginations! What stories do you see? I’d love to hear them!

A small tree clings to the side of a cliff as it enjoys a mountain view.

‘The High Life’ © Denise Bush

A big beautiful cottonwood tree stands out, all alone in a winter field.

‘Lone Tree In Field’© Denise Bush

A small gambel oak creates a silhouette to contrast with the sunset sky.

‘Little Silhouette At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A lone pine tree hangs on tho the side of a slope with remarkable resilience.

‘Slopeside Survivor’ © Denise Bush

A cottonwood silhouette up on a ridge has a good view of the distant San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Tree With San Juans View’ © Denise Bush

Two gambel oaks intertwine to form an charming arch in winter.

‘Together We Are One’ © Denise Bush
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I also like to find interesting groupings of trees but that is a work in progress and for a future post. If you like trees like I do, check out my ‘Tremendous Trees’ collection HERE.

Time to get 2021 started with my first post of the year. I’ve been out shooting when the conditions seem promising and my mood cooperates. Sometimes one shot will spark an idea for a self-assignment that gives me something to work on. And while out I’m always keeping my eyes open for subjects that fit any number of the new, or recurring themes on my list. Mini collections that I post here often add to past examples with the same subject, creating larger collections of what interests me most. This post includes rather random landscapes but the common threads are winter, snow, and black and white conversions. What I’ve learned over the years is that not all captures work as monochromes. I like to use DXO’s (f.k.a. Nik) Silver Efex Pro and experiment with favorite settings to discover an image’s potential. Exploring the color filters within Silver Efex or other conversion tools offers variations to compare results, and decide upon the best solution. I don’t venture far with filters because my style is to keep my photographs looking like photographs. Here are some images I feel worked well as monochromes … I hope you like them!

A road and rustic fence leads us toward Hayden Mountain of Colorado's San Juans. The road is closed up ahead in the winter.

‘Closed Ahead’ © Denise Bush

A beautifull constructed and snow covered corral creates interest in this wintry scene., cattle ranch

‘OK Corral’ © Denise Bush

A small tree growing along a ditch line invites a winter composition of black and white.

‘Little Tree In Pasture’ © Denise Bush

Lifting clouds create dramatic winter scenes in the mountains of Colorado.

‘Sneffels Peak Peeking In B&W’ © Denise Bush

Wind whips through a stand of evergreens, kicking up snow for a quick wintry show.

‘Winter Wind Among Evergreens’ © Denise Bush

Corbett peeks above lifting clouds in this Colorado winter scene.

‘Corbett Clearing’ © Denise Bush

2020 Favorites


With staying at home so much I got a head start on my yearly Favorites Gallery. This is an 18 year tradition and how my website galleries are organized. With no photo trips in 2020, this year’s selections are scenes close to home. Looking back I am always surprised by the number of photographs I feel are successful. I started with several more and edited the collection down to 60. Below is a sampling that includes some of my personal favorites. Click the thumbnail page below to check out all my 2020 Favorites, and find links to other years, and my store too!

Beautiful winter lighting accentuates some weathered aspen trees in the snow.

‘2020 Line-up’ © Denise Bush

Clouds from a recent snowfall lift, giving way to a rugged mountain view.

‘In The Clearing’ © Denise Bush

A mountain lake reflection will soon be completely frozen and covered in snow.

‘Icy Beginnings’ © Denise Bush

Fireweed grows beautifully on the steep slopes of a mountain lake in Colorado.

‘Lakeside Beauties’ © Denise Bush

As seen from above on Loghill Mesa, Dallas Creek winds through Cottonwood Trees and Willows.

‘Dallas Creek Curves’ © Denise Bush

An autumn road invites a investigation to look at the beautiful, colorful foliage.

‘Along An Autumn Road’  © Denise Bush

A picture perfect barn and autumn colors make a wonderful rural scene.

‘Picturesque Barn In Fall’ © Denise Bush

An old miner’s cabin includes a front porch built on a rocky foundation.

‘Rocky Foundation’ © Denise Bush

An old-fashioned fence adds interest to this beautiful autumn scene along a country road.

‘Fence Along Autumn Road’ © Denise Bush

A fence with San Juan Mountain character makes a great background for Mears Peak near Ridgway.

‘Ranch Boundary’ © Denise Bush

Two Gambel Oaks create an arch and frame for the setting sun.

‘Sunburst Arch’ © Denise Bush

A long lens picks up the beautiful warm light on a distant slope of aspens in deep orange and gold.

‘Warm Light On Distant Aspens’ © Denise Bush

Mighty Mount Sneffels is one of the 14ers in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Mighty Mount Sneffels’ © Denise Bush

An open field and distant hill anchor a surreal sky in winter.

‘Minimal Landscape In Winter’ © Denise Bush

All of these images, and more are available on my STORE site as well as being featured in my this year’s gallery. As always, let me know if you have any questions about my work. And all the best to you in 2021!