If you are a frequent visitor to this blog there’s a good chance you’ve seen photos of Mount Sneffels, and read about it too. That’s because it’s Ouray County’s tallest, and most prominent mountain at 14,157 feet. It can be seen from many locations and therefore makes its way into a lot of my compositions. I’ve collected some shots from the past year that I haven’t posted before, to create this set.

Another view of Mount Sneffel highlights the west slope before sunset.

‘Another View’ © Denise Bush
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Sunset brings pastel stripes over the southern sky above Mount Sneffels.

‘Pastel Stripes Over Sneffels’ © Denise Bush

A mountain road winds downhill with Mount Sneffels and the Sneffels Range in the distance.

‘Mountain Road To Sneffels’ © Denise Bush

To demonstrate how much conditions and lighting can impact an image compare the above image with the following … same location, different day! Notice how you can pick out Sneffels from a distance.

A mountain road winds through the mountains with the Sneffels Range in the distance.

‘Mountain Road With A View’ © Denise Bush

Sneffels is cloaked in lifting clouds but if you look closely you can see a part of its slope and peak.

‘Barely There’ © Denise Bush

Mount Sneffels peak is looking rosy in this colorful sunset shot.

‘Sneffels In The Pink’ © Denise Bush

See more Sneffels images in a previous post titled, ‘Salute To Sneffels’ HERE.

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I had a fun outing recently, up along Cimarron Ridge, not far from our home. New snow coated the tall spruce trees along the top of ridge and I felt like I was in a winter wonderland! Clearing clouds offered spotlights on the rocky ridge and frosty winter coating. I couldn’t help but think that the pristine scenes were a beautiful way to start a fresh new year.

A little sliver of light illuminates a spot on a frosty winter ridge.

‘Frosty Highlight’ © Denise Bush

Chimney Rock of the Cimarrons, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, catch some nice light as a storm clears.

‘After The Storm, Chimney Rock’ © Denise Bush

A frosty wonderland lives just beyond a hill of Pinyon Pines, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Beyond Some Pinyon Pines’ © Denise Bush

Clouds lift to reveal the beautiful snow-coated trees on Cimarron Ridge, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Winter Wonderful’ © Denise Bush

Fresh snow creates a frosty wonderland at the top of Cimarron Ridge near Ridgway Colorado!

‘Frosty Topping’ © Denise Bush

Frosty trees below a rocky outcrop along Cimarron Ridge, create a beautiful accent to the scene.

‘Wintry Outcrop’ © Denise Bush

Sunset creates a beautiful winter alpenglow above cimarron ridge, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Pink & Frosty’ © Denise Bush

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2021 Favorites


The new year is a great time to take a look back before moving forward. And that’s what I like to do with my photos. Creating a yearly ‘favorites’ gallery on my website is a 19 year tradition! Once archived in a collection, I’m ready to move on with renewed goals and energy. Surprised by the number in my first cut, I edited further to include 64 images, with 3 of those added to the home page gallery. Click the thumbnail page or link below to check out all my 2021 Favorites, and find links to other years, and my store too!

Happy Holidays!


Happy holidays to you … all my blog followers and friends! I hope the season brings you and yours good cheer and joy. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

A nicely shaped tree, is covered in snow on the side of a slope.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Amazing Sunsets


We’ve had some amazing sunsets lately and if I’m lucky, I’m already out there, ready to capture them. The landscape photographer hoping for a successful sunset shot needs to plan, pray and practice patience! (The three P’s!) You never know what will happen! I’ve learned to be grateful when it works out and stay positive when it doesn’t. Special moments like these make every effort worth it!

A beautiful sunset highlights the beauty of the mountains, across a frozen lake.

‘Icy Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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A beautiful sunset cloud hovers above a mountain in Colorado's San Juans.

‘Mountain Time’ © Denise Bush

A mountain peak seems to point to the beautiful sunset above!

‘On Point Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful sunset graces a mountain view in Colorado's San Juans in early winter.

‘Valley View At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful sunset envelopes the San Mountains of Colorado in early winter.

‘Sunset Over Brown Mountain’ © Denise Bush

The Quiet Time


Snow has come to the peaks but the valleys have received very little moisture. What has fallen melts, leaving a landscape in-between seasons. It’s a quiet landscape … summer and fall visitors are long-gone and winter enthusiasts haven’t arrived. Some businesses close and workers take time off in what is known as ‘shoulder season’. It’s a good time for everyone to slow down, and take a break. And I have too (to some extent) but my camera and I can’t stay away from the landscape long! Getting out is good for my head no matter what, and I love the more relaxed feeling this quiet time brings.

A broken fence creates a western theme in this Colorado mountain scene.

‘Broken Fence Below Mountain’ © Denise Bush

Low clouds hang in the valleys after a snow and rain storm in the mountains.

‘Cimarron Inversion’ © Denise Bush

A half moon rises over Lone Cone Mountain, near Norwood and Telluride Colorado.

‘Moon Over Lone Cone’ © Denise Bush

Snow starts on the peaks and works its way down the slopes into winter.

‘Winter Is Coming’ © Denise Bush

It wouldn’t be fair to close out the fall foliage season without giving cottonwoods their due. Perhaps they are not as beloved as aspen trees but they do have qualities all their own. While they may look big and strong, their large branches break easily. I am always on the lookout for some with nice shapes. Cottonwoods are still hanging on to their leaves when the aspen trees are bare. Their colorful offerings help ween me from the aspen’s explosion of color, into a more monochromatic landscape. I hope you enjoy the images … the credit goes to the cottonwoods!

Cottonwoods adorn a sweeping view near Ridgway, Colorado.

‘Ranch View In Fall’ © Denise Bush

A closer look at some cottonwood trees refeals their structure and character.

‘Cottonwood Brilliance’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful group of cottonwood trees light up with late day light.

‘Cottonwoods & Mountain View’ © Denise Bush

Some golden cottonwoods below Mount Sneffels create a pleasing autumn scene.

‘Cottonwoods Below’ © Denise Bush
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The right light and golden foliage lights up a group of cottonwood trees in fall.

‘Below My Mesa’ © Denise Bush

Bright autumn cottonwoods border some grazing land in Ridgway Colorado.

‘Good For Grazing’ © Denise Bush

Hills with backlit cottonwood trees is a pretty sight, photographed at just the right moment.

‘Cottonwood Hills’ © Denise Bush

Do you love fall too? Check out my four previous posts … just click on ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog at the top and scroll down to see more!

Here’s the last of my three-part, ‘Autumn Magic’ series, highlighting foliage in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Colorado! I hope you enjoyed seeing the images. They were fun to make and share. Upon noticing some golden cottonwoods on a recent drive north I think I might have one more seasonal post in me. Found below the mountains, their color changed later and lasted a longer than the aspens. But as I write this, snow is expected. Soon it will be time to share winter scenes! I will surely miss fall, and warmer temperatures but getting out in the beautiful landscape is a blessing no matter the season.

A wooden corral is an accent to a beautiful scene near Ridgway, Colorado.

‘Corral With A View’ © Denise Bush
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A mountain lake and view of a snow covered mountain creates an idyllic scene.

‘Lake With Mountain View’ © Denise Bush

Beautiful, happy clouds add to a perfect day for a leaf peeping drive!

‘Happy Clouds Over Autumn Road’ © Denise Bush

Aspen trees mingle with spruce while catching the light on the side of a cliff.

‘Bright Bits Of Gold’ © Denise Bush

Nothing beats scenic beauty like snow on the peaks in autumn!

‘Snowy Peak In Autumn’ © Denise Bush

Golden aspens set the stage for an autumn scene with a distan outcropping.

‘Rocky Outcrop Beyond Autumn’ © Denise Bush

A curvy dirt road winds through the countryside toward the autumn colors up ahead.

‘Curving Toward Autumn’ © Denise Bush

Tall aspen trees display a beautiful gradient from orange to yellow

‘Orange & Yellow Combo’ © Denise Bush

With a snowstorm expected overnight, here's the last look at some autumn foliage below Sunshine Mountain, near Telluride.

‘End Of Autumn’ © Denise Bush

You have to capture the magic when you can! The images here and in the previous two posts were shot between September 19 and October 11 … a 23 day window. That’s not a lot when you consider a year is 365 days. It doesn’t seem right … that’s less than 7% of the year! Shortly after my last outing on the 11th we had snow and wind that took away most of the aspen foliage. Some golden cottonwood trees lingered, but the best of it went way too fast. Here are more images that I hope show why autumn is a magical time for me!

Wilson Peak, near Telluride Colorado, peeks out above some autumn, leaning aspen trees.

‘Through Leaning Aspens’ © Denise Bush
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Awesome autumn views can be seen from high points in the San Juan Mountains.

‘Awesome Autumn View’ © Denise Bush

An open view of a bluf and forest below creates a scene that looks like a tapestry.

‘Tapestry Slope’ © Denise Bush

The Million Dollar Hwy runs through this breathtaking valley in Ouray County, Colorado.

‘Down In The Valley’ © Denise Bush

Pretty clouds and light create a tranquil autumn scene, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Autumn Near Ophir’ © Denise Bush

Young aspen sprouts create a beautiful array of fall color against the dark, blue-grey rock.

‘Fall Foliage, Slopeside’ © Denise Bush

Early morning light and a long pinkish cloud create a pretty autumn scene in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Long Cloud Over Distant Mountain’ © Denise Bush

Orange aspens set the stage for a knobby mountain in the distance.

‘Knobby Mountain View’ © Denise Bush

To see my previous 2021 autumn posts click ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top and scroll down. Thanks for visiting!

Autumn is a magical time of the year for me and I love every phase … from the first colorful signs to the last leaf. I contemplated how I wanted to present my fall images this year. Should I show them by date? Should I show all the mountain scenes together? Another ‘tree’ post? Thinking while processing, processing while thinking, I came to the decision to simply show them as a mixed variety. I hope there’s some magic in your fall wherever you are! Here’s my first set …

Orange aspen leaves help a lone aspen tree standout against the background slope.

‘Autumn Standout’ © Denise Bush

Bright sidelighting illuminates close aspen trees as a mountain shows its colors beyond.

‘Through Golden Leaves’ © Denise Bush

A frosty morning in a wetland area accentuates the texture of some grass for an unexpected foreground.

‘Frosty Fall Morning’ © Denise Bush

A group of aspens look like flames ... orange and red and fiery!

‘Fiery Grouping’ © Denise Bush

A slope of aspen trees is reflected in a wetland area, creating a different view of autumn.

‘Wetland Reflection’ © Denise Bush

Some aspens light up with vibrant color while the sky darkens, warning of an incoming storm.

‘Before The Storm’ © Denise Bush
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There’s more ‘Autumn Magic’ to come, and in case you missed it, my previous post was dedicated to fall aspens.