I love driving along country roads any time of the year but especially in the fall. Judging from all the tourists, other photographers and people telling me so, I’m guessing you do too! Autumn road images have been among my favorites in the past so I made it a goal to add to my collection this year. This is my fourth fall living here, in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Searching for fresh compositions, I was happy to discover a few new roads and vantage points I want to show you. So come on … let’s go for a ride!

‘Road To Mountain Layers’ © Denise Bush
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‘Forest Road In Fall’ © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Tunnel’ © Denise Bush
added to my ‘Tremendous Trees’ gallery

‘Rainy Day Drive’ © Denise Bush

‘Winding Through’ © Denise Bush

‘Colorful Autumn Oak Brush’ © Denise Bush
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Thanks for coming along! If you want to keep riding … here’s a link to some autumn roads shot last year.

This post features one of my favorite viewing points along Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway, between Ouray and Silverton, near Red Mountain Pass. In the first image that little spot in the lower right is a peek at the highway. If you haven’t heard, it is one of the most dangerous roads in the country, but it is also exhilarating and breathtaking! It switch-backs through the mountains and along very steep cliffs (with no guardrails). The views are simply magnificent!

The images below represent three different visits, from September 15th through the 21st. I love all the stages of fall and the images here start with greens still in the mix. We can see many of the aspens already taking on brighter color. As you view the images, note how the color changes in just six days time. I often go back to a place with potential just hoping for ideal conditions! When there are pleasing clouds and changing light I like to stay for a composition I am determined to capture. Sometimes just a matter of minutes can make a difference. My last two images illustrate this, captured just 30 minutes apart! Which do you prefer?

‘San Juan Tapestry’ © Denise Bush

‘Million Dollar Vista’ © Denise Bush
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‘Light Atop Red Mountain’ © Denise Bush

‘Vertical View I’ © Denise Bush
added to my ‘Colorful Colorado’ gallery

‘Vertical View II’ © Denise Bush
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For this post I’ve gathered some more intimate portrayals of beautiful, fall aspen trees. The aspens are the one and only subject in these images. They are isolated from other features, allowing us to focus on the trees alone. This year we had an abundance of oranges and reds in the mix and I was drawn to the deeper colors … like a magnet! I enjoyed composing these and it’s often the intimate images that feel more personal to me. And as you’ll see I created some fun abstracts too, adding them to my ‘Nature Abstracts & Patterns’ gallery in my online store. I’ve been able to get out with my camera a lot this fall. There will be several more autumn posts to come that include aspen trees as one of the elements in the scenes … so stay tuned, and thanks for visiting!

‘Autumn Hues’ © Denise Bush
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‘Straight & Narrow’ © Denise Bush
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‘Colorful Youngsters’ © Denise Bush

‘Some Of The Fallen’ © Denise Bush

It has been a little while since I last posted because I’ve been busy shooting fall every chance I get. Peak foliage here, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is generally between mid-September and mid-October. It’s a four week, spectacular show and I don’t want to miss any of it! I will have plenty to wade through and work on. I already have so much I wasn’t quite sure where to start on this rainy day. I picked out a few that feature autumn colors with mountain backdrops. Put these two together and it is not only a sight to behold but one to be thankful for … and that I am!

‘Autumn Blend’ © Denise Bush
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‘Mountain Layers In Autumn’ © Denise Bush

‘Peek-A-Boo Mountain’ © Denise Bush

‘Golden Highlights’ © Denise Bush

These days I’m lucky to have the time to keep up with processing and posting my images. All caught up I decided to backtrack through my shoots from the last three months. Lo and behold, I found a few I hadn’t posted before. Sometimes images slip through the cracks or don’t fit into a particular idea for a post. In trying to come up with a title for this collection I also thought about how good creating landscapes makes me feel … they’re good for my soul! I love being there, capturing the scene and later processing to share what it was like to be there. Here are a few you haven’t seen before …

‘Goodnight Mountains’ © Denise Bush
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‘Forest Cascades’ © Denise Bush

‘River At Twilight’ © Denise Bush

‘Light Through Aspen Grove’ © Denise Bush

‘Cottonwood Curve’ © Denise Bush

‘Smoky Moonrise’ © Denise Bush

‘Turrets In Moonlight’ © Denise Bush

‘Beyond The Sunflower Field’ © Denise Bush
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It’s happening all across America … cabins, shacks, barns and evidence of our heritage are disappearing! Made from natural materials they are returning to their beginnings, to end their stories in this world. I’ve learned to capture their existence when I see them. They may be gone before I’m there again. When I look around I wonder what will be the historic structures of tomorrow. Made from plastic and other man-made materials I fear they will not be as intriguing as those we can still find today … if we look.

‘Cabin Entry’ © Denise Bush

‘Damage From Above’ © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Ranch’ © Denise Bush

‘Sprouting Cabin’ © Denise Bush

‘Nowhere Cabin” © Denise Bush

Falling Waters


This post highlights two recent waterfall shoots. The first in an alpine basin, ‘Yankee Boy’ and the second at ‘Rifle Falls State Park’. A trip intended for wildflowers ended up being more of a waterfall shoot, high up in the basin. I wasn’t finding the patches of wildflowers in the right places that I was hoping for, so switched my focus after spending a lot of time looking. I was glad I did and was pleased to come away with a couple of images I like. Rifle Falls was a busy place and earlier in the afternoon it was difficult to exclude tourists from the scenery. It so happened that it rained in the early evening and chased all the tourists away allowing my friend and I to have the place to ourselves (for a while). The grass surrounding the misty falls was long and overgrown, blowing in the breeze and spray. I wanted the long exposure for the waterfalls but also wanted the grasses sharp … it seems to have worked out. I didn’t find the overall view of the three falls all that appealing but I will show it here for reference. I liked images that focused on portions instead. There weren’t that many good vantage points but I found a few. I was surprised and pleased to see so much water still flowing in mid-summer. Waterfalls are so refreshing … enjoy!

‘Twin Falls At Sundown’ © Denise Bush
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‘Over The River’ © Denise Bush

‘Wildflower Overlook’ © Denise Bush

‘Falls Overview’ © Denise Bush

‘Falling Fast’ © Denise Bush

‘Splash Down!’ © Denise Bush

‘The Cave View’ © Denise Bush