Iconic & Remote

18Apr18

A recent trip with my husband, Brent to canyon country included a visit to iconic Monument Valley in addition to exploring less traveled remote areas. I have always wondered what Monument Valley was like so while in the area we paid the $20 fee to drive the Navajo Tribal Park loop. It was a bumpy, dusty road and a cloudy afternoon with a fair amount of tourists and tour jeeps. My favorite images captured the iconic Mittens. I thought them to be the most attractive ‘monuments’ in the park and can understand why they are so popular. The rest of our three days were spent exploring areas outside of the popular and often crowded national parks near Moab. Borrowing our sons truck camper we camped for free on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Land below our very own pinnacle one night. It was fun to be on location to shoot it at sunset and then again at sunrise. Other roads revealed rock forms just as wonderful as those found in the parks. While on the road with my husband I’ve learned to curb my shooting (somewhat) and I am looking forward to going back for what I may have forfeited. My friends and I have joked about a support group for the spouse’s of photographers! We realize it’s not easy, so I appreciate my husband’s patience very much.

‘North Butte’ © Denise Bush
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‘Desert Sunburst’ © Denise Bush

‘The Mittens’ © Denise Bush
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‘Monument Valley In B&W’ © Denise Bush

‘Purple Sky In The Canyonlands’ © Denise Bush

‘Canyon Country Pinnacle’ © Denise Bush

‘Sunrise In The Canyonlands’ © Denise Bush
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‘Moon Over Rock Temple’ © Denise Bush
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Until We Meet Again!

Here is my yearly ‘goodbye to winter’ post … a little later here in Colorado than other places. Bidding goodbye doesn’t mean I won’t post more images with snow! It could still happen. Last year we got a foot of snow in the middle of May. The snow will remain on the peaks for a little while but probably not as long as last year since we didn’t get as much. Following are a few leftover wintry scenes from some of the places I visited. Next to fall, winter is my favorite season to shoot the landscape so I will certainly welcome its return.

‘Winter Mesa Scene’ © Denise Bush

‘Cimarron Finale’ © Denise Bush
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‘Sneffels On Ice’ © Denise Bush

‘Silent Snow In Aspen Forest’  © Denise Bush
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‘Last Light Near Hayden’ © Denise Bush

‘Sun Lighting Willows’ © Denise Bush

‘Minimal View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Distant Winter Mountain’ © Denise Bush


Twilight

13Mar18

twi•light |ˈtwīˌlīt| noun
the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere

No matter how cliche´one might think, I’m a sunrise/sunset photo junkie and always will be. With this post I’m thinking about ‘twilight’. Twilight can occur before sunrise and after sunset and I always appreciate being out in the landscape at either of those times. Twilight inspires a peaceful and somewhat surreal feeling when I watch it enveloping the scenery around me. Glowing skies before sunrise, periwinkle blues, pink alpenglow and lingering sunset colors, are all twilight treats. In winter I love the way the snow-capped mountains contrast so beautifully against the darker sky. Twilight is when everything is about to change … the bright, hopeful sunrise of a new day or, the dark, secret happenings at days end.

‘Broken Fence At Twilight’ © Denise Bush
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‘Wintry Mountain After Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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‘Lavender Sky In The San Juans’ © Denise Bush

‘Twilight Over Low Horizon’ © Denise Bush


Posted

26Feb18

I didn’t realize how many photos with structures I’ve shot recently until I started reviewing my folders. I like to work my photography in stages … shooting mode, processing mode, then posting. Processing is often necessary to decide whether or not I like a particular image and if it’s worthy of showing on my blog. After I’ve processed several different shoots I like to review them and put them in collections. Sometimes I set aside images when they fit an idea for a future post. I find that showing a set of related images is often stronger than showing just one, especially when blogging. Images that I think would make good wall art end up on my online store site and favorites will likely be included in my traditional year-end gallery.

Somewhere in there I try to keep up with my awesome fellow photogs whether they blog or use Facebook. I appreciate the views and comments of others which not only encourages me but let’s me know if my stories are being conveyed. Feedback often helps me decide which images to print or include on my store website. Thank you to my visitors and followers … I appreciate you very much!

‘After The Storm’ © Denise Bush

‘Divide House In Blizzard’ © Denise Bush

‘Barn Below Mountain’ © Denise Bush

‘Shack Among Willows’ © Denise Bush

‘Leaning Barn Under Blue Sky’ © Denise Bush

‘Leaning Barn & Buildings’ © Denise Bush

‘Leaning Barn In Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘In A Field’ © Denise Bush

‘A True Grit Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘Telluride Way’ © Denise Bush

 


Snow has been a little light this year but I’ve managed to get out several times with my camera, to capture some of the white stuff! The condition of the roads this time of year reduces the number of accessible locations … unless you own a snowmobile, or want to snowshoe or cross-country ski. I’ve been content to stay close to home, revisiting spots I know and looking to discover new ones. There are always new angles and compositions waiting to be found and here are a few favorites.

‘San Juan Siesta’ © Denise Bush
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‘Cottonwood Companions’ © Denise Bush

‘Cottonwood With Hawk’ © Denise Bush

‘Cow In Winter Pasture’ © Denise Bush

‘Doe At Day’s End’ © Denise Bush

‘Highlight Hill’ © Denise Bush

‘Last Light On Cimarron Ridge’ © Denise Bush

‘A Favorite Sunset View’ © Denise Bush


Abandoned Utah

04Feb18

The West has its share of abandoned buildings, and cars too … usually leftovers from mining or pioneer days. Simply built and now weathered, many seem to be hanging by a thread and against all odds! I’ve already discovered many that are close to home, and within reach, so it’s always fun to look for new opportunities when I branch out. Subjects that have a natural setting and historic charm appeal to me. Here are some favorites found during my November trip in Utah.

‘Deserted In The Desert’ © Denise Bush

‘Desert Resting Place’ © Denise Bush
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‘Pioneer Homestead’ © Denise Bush

‘Ghost Town Portal’ © Denise Bush

‘Alone In The Desert’ © Denise Bush

‘Missing Bell Mystery’ © Denise Bush

‘Old Red’ © Denise Bush

(See other Utah posts from Capitol Reef & Bryce National Park by scrolling down. Return home by clicking ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ top.)

 


Capitol Reef National Park

The first park a friend and I visited on a recent trip to Utah was Capitol Reef National Park. While making images at Bryce National Park (as seen in my previous post) seemed easy, I cannot say the same was true here. But, the experienced photographer has learned to accept and work with the lighting and sky conditions given … especially when there is little time at a place. Such was the case on this trip with Mother Nature providing just a few short moments of photogenic opportunities during our less than day and a half stay. Adding to the challenge, many of the features at Capitol Reef require hiking or high-clearance 4WD vehicles and it takes time to get to them.

We had an adventure on the morning after our arrival as we ventured into the desert back-country to find the Temples of the Moon and Sun. Setting out in the dark, hours before sunrise we turned around at the first of two options when we were met with a river crossing. In the dark it seemed to be deep, swift moving and down a steep embankment. At the alternate route we were confronted with 3 bridges that consisted of narrow metal planks and no side rails to protect us from the dark abyss below. We were afraid but forged ahead … before realizing we were steered in the wrong direction by a misleading map! Now we had to go back over the bridges to get back on track! We got to the Temples just as a brief, bit of color appeared in the sky. And, by the time the sun came up over the ridge that was casting shadows on the temples the sky was a bald blue and the lighting was harsh.

We decided that first light on the Temples would be better in the spring when the sun is at an angle that is not obstructed by the ridge. The last two weeks of October would be a good time to visit other areas of the park, to take advantage of golden cottonwood foliage. Having never visited Capitol Reef before it was a fun visit to get acquainted, and one that we learned from.

‘The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park’ © Denise Bush
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‘Canyon Country Schoolhouse’ © Denise Bush

‘Canyon Country Barn’ © Denise Bush

‘Hickman Bridge At Capitol Reef’ © Denise Bush

‘Downstream From Capitol Dome’ © Denise Bush

‘Temple Of The Moon At Dawn’ © Denise Bush
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