In the winter my attention often turns to the mountain peaks. It’s when I find them most beautiful, coated in white, the snow accenting their rugged beauty. When the clouds roll in, usually from the west, or lift after a snow storm I think, ‘this is what heaven must look like’!

A peak revels its fresh coating of snow, high above lifting storm clouds.

‘Above The Clouds’ © Denise Bush

The top of Chimney Rock peeks through the clouds at sunset near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Peeking Through’ © Denise Bush

Distant mountains, blanketed in fresh snow create a beautiful winter scene.

‘Snowbound Beauty’ © Denise Bush

Rocky outcroppings reveal their winter coating as a snowstorm clears.

‘Winter Forms’ © Denise Bush


Winter Wonders


In this post I’m displaying some winter images that caught my eye while reviewing. Getting a closer look by processing them helps me determine how much I like them and if they make the cut. And sometimes they don’t! I think that I am both selective and critical of my own work. A photo club I belong to offers critiques, and that got me thinking out loud here. At this stage in my photographic journey I have no interest in participating. I enjoy what I do and if I am proud of a piece, that is what pleases me most. The club wants us to challenge ourselves by trying different kinds of photography. For beginners who have not yet found their niché it’s a great suggestion. However, I feel that I’ve been there and done that, to come full circle with confidence. I have settled into my niché but that is not to say that I don’t have goals and aspirations! My goal is to stay the course … to continue to create interesting and captivating imagery, always open to and looking for that next favorite photograph. The images below were captured between late November and early January. We’ve had fairly steady snows this winter, keeping things wintry, white and wonderous!

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

‘In The Clearing’ © Denise Bush
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A stream flows happily along, among a beautiful snow-covered forest.

‘Stream In Winter Forest’ © Denise Bush

A mountain stream flows along, surrounded by a snow-coated evergreen forest.

‘Wintry Stream’ © Denise Bush

Five bare trees look lovely in the soft winter light at day’s end.

‘Party Of Five’ © Denise Bush
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An open field and distant hill anchor a surreal sky in winter.

‘Minimal Landscape In Winter’ © Denise Bush
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A snowstorm clears to reveal a beautiful winter wonderland!

‘Under Lifting Clouds’ © Denise Bush


Most Favorite!


In my last post I shared a link to my website and ‘2019 Favorites’ gallery. However, my most favorite image was not among them because I added it to my ‘Home Gallery’ instead. Running across it in one of my folders I realized I never shared it on this blog either. Surely my most favorite should have a place here! I printed and framed this for a show last summer. It didn’t sell so I am including it in an exhibit at our Ridgway Public Library where I will be showing along with a potter. I will have about 20 framed pieces on display. Note the title … I amused myself with that one!

‘Pink Peak Peeking’ © Denise Bush
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Ridgway Library Exhibit – Jan. 11 – Mar. 13

2019 Favorites


Here we go again … Happy New Year! 2019 was a great year and I have a lot to be grateful for. Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2020 and thank you for visiting!

You are invited to view my ‘2019 Favorites’ Gallery … in keeping with a 17 year tradition! I like to organize images by year on my website, as an alternative to my store where they are organized by subject. Each of my sites serves a purpose. My website serves as a hub for all I do with links to my store, blog, stock photography and more! Many of the images in ‘2019 Favorites’ have appeared in posts here, where I show my most current work and thoughts about photography. If you’d like to see some of the posts click on ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top (to return home) and scroll down.

On October 16th I had quite a surprise when I looked out our front window and saw a stream of smoke, rising from the forest in our Cimarron view. It looked like it had just started so I called to report it. They had learned of it just minutes before. Hunters, plentiful in the forest this time of year made the discovery. The investigation lead to a walled tent with a wood-burning stove. Part of the roof material was charred and consistent with some found nearby. This area of the forest is known as Cow Creek and there is just one rough, dirt forest road to gain access. Watching it for a bit I realized I should get out my camera and document it. I took this first shot about an hour after I spotted the fire. I posted it on a local residents Facebook page, alerting people who didn’t have my ‘watch tower’ view. Feeling like a photojournalist, I watched, worried and photographed the fire as other, nearby spot fires started in windy conditions. After a few days we received some very welcome snow which helped to minimize the fire, until another snow put it out completely. I am showing the images as I shot them, in chronological order.

A fire in the Cimarron Mountains near Cow Creek was discovered early in the morning on October 16, 2019. It is spreading quickly.

‘In The Beginning’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire burns in the National Forest of Southwest Colorado.

‘Growing Wildfire’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire burns in the National Forest near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Smoky Plume’ © Denise Bush

The last light of day illuminates a forest fire in the mountains near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Smoky Last Light’ © Denise Bush

Flames can be seen on a ridge in a wildfire in the National Forest of Colorado.

‘Flaming Ridge At Twilight’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire burns through the night in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Wildfire At Night’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire burns throughout the night and into the pre-dawn hours in the Cimarrons of the San Juan Mountains near Ridgway, Colorado.

‘Cow Creek Fire At Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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A forest wildfire burns through the night and into the pre-dawn hours.

‘Sunrise Fire & Smoke’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado grows larger by the minute!

‘Smoky Mountains In Colorado’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire in a mountainous national forest takes on an ominous look at night.

‘Fire In The Sky I’ © Denise Bush

A wildfire in a mountainous national forest takes on an ominous look at night.

‘Fire In The Sky II’ © Denise Bush

After some welcome snow a wildfire smolders in the Cimarron Mountains near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Smoldering Cimarrons’ © Denise Bush

A fire smolders under Precipice in the Cimarron Mountain area near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Smoldering Alpenglow’ © Denise Bush

Side-tracked with autumn images I had forgotten some of these, just waiting in the wings. Once I process images I like to gather them into sets and post them here on my photo blog. It’s one of the ways I archive my work. I can look back and see what I’ve done. Just some of the images posted might make it into my year-end favorites, as organized on my website. I’ll be working on ‘2019 Favorites’ soon! The photos here are still more from a summer trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. And there’s one image from Colorado … see if you can guess which one it is!

An old grain elevator sits conveniently beside the tracks in an old abandoned town in South Dakota.

‘The Other Side Of The Tracks’ © Denise Bush

A cow peeks around the corner of an old shoolhouse in South Dakota.

‘Peek-A-Boo Cow’ © Denise Bush

Distant grain bins and a gentle green landscape combine for a pleasing rural scene.

‘Distant Grain Bins’ © Denise Bush

This horse has made itself at home in an old schoolhouse.

‘When Horses Go To School’ © Denise Bush

An old-fashioned windmill spins in the breeze atop a grassy hill.

‘Windmill In Motion’ © Denise Bush

A backwoods cabin has all the makings for off the grid living.

‘Rustic Find’ © Denise Bush

This old facade is full of diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines, then enhanced further by the weathered texture.

‘Lots Of Lines’ © Denise Bush

An old building is reflected from across a deserted town in Wyoming.

‘Reflections Of The Past’ © Denise Bush

Autumn Encore!


I’ve already displayed several fall images in my last 2 posts, ‘Autumn Assembly’ and ‘Accented By The Moon’. In those posts I showed how I dealt with a bald, blue sky by eliminating it, including very little, obscuring it (like in the first image here), or capturing the moon for sky interest. This post is more of a mix … intimate and grand, sky and no sky. Considering how the season played out, I had more to work on more than I predicted. Processing and posting my photos is not only a way to share them, and my thoughts about photography … it’s more. I like to learn what speaks to others and why. It’s a way for me to see my successes and failures. It’s a way for me to learn what worked and what didn’t work, and what I want to work on.

A unique view of Mt. Abram in Ouray, Colorado, as seen through the autumn forest.

‘Abram Through Aspens’ © Denise Bush
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A young and healthy aspen grove shows off fall color in all its glory!

‘Aspen Glory’ © Denise Bush
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An October snow storm clears over Hayden Peak of the Sneffels Range in the the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

‘Clearing Storm Over Hayden’ © Denise Bush

The road leading to Chimney Rock displays some beautiful,

‘Road To Chimney Rock’ © Denise Bush

Aspens make a beautiful arrangement by highlighting the curves of the mountain slope.

‘Slopeside Beauties’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful cottonwood tree enjoys a distant mountain view.

‘View Beyond The Cottonwood Tree’ © Denise Bush

A group of young and healthy aspens glow in the warmth of the morning sun

‘Aspen Youngsters’ © Denise Bush

A hole in the clouds illuminates the colorful foliage on the other side of the River in Silverton, Colorado

‘Lit From Above’ © Denise Bush
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