My 250th post…
The mountains are always breathtaking which is why I never get tired of looking at them or capturing their beauty. To me the mountains are very much alive as they are constantly changing. They support a complex ecological chain and the creatures that live among them. They seem at times, magical… like when the light is hitting the peaks just right!

'Court House Mountain Glow' © Denise Bush

‘Court House Mountain Glow’ © Denise Bush
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Turret Ridge In Winter © Denise Bush

Turret Ridge In Winter © Denise Bush
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'Cimarron Glow' © Denise Bush

‘Cimarron Glow’ © Denise Bush
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'Sun On Winter Field' © Denise Bush

‘Sun On Winter Field’ © Denise Bush

'Precipice Smiling' © Denise Bush

‘Precipice Smiling’ © Denise Bush
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Country Roads

30Jan16

One of my favorite pastimes is exploring country roads in search of subjects to feed my hungry camera! I am always curious to see what’s around the next corner and have logged many miles doing so. Here are a few images I collected while meandering country roads in January. With a similar color palette they just seem to make a nice set and worthy of a post.

Sunflowers In Snow © Denise Bush

‘Sunflowers In Snow’ © Denise Bush
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'Little Shack In The Snow' © Denise Bush

‘Little Shack In The Snow’ © Denise Bush

'Conoco In The Snow' © Denise Bush

‘Conoco In The Snow’ © Denise Bush
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'Along The Way' © Denise Bush

‘Along The Way’ © Denise Bush


Among the things to love about my new home in Western Colorado is the diversity of its terrain. Here, the high desert offers unique photo opportunities that are quite different from the ever-popular alpine scenes. Recently a new friend was kind enough to share this desert spot with me. Located on the Colorado Plateau the area ranges in elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet which of course, is why we call it the ‘high desert’. My first impression was that it seemed otherworldly! I liked the way the snow added contrast and accentuated the contours of the not so distant mounds and mesas. I enjoyed choosing compositions that included the dry sage brush and volcanic rocks as foreground elements. And, I wondered whose tracks were left behind in the snow. Perhaps a badger, fox or coyote after its next meal? Here are a few favorites from the shoot.

'Winter Tracks' © Denise Bush

‘Winter Tracks’ © Denise Bush
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'Winter Light In The Desert' © Denise Bush

‘Winter Light In The Desert’ © Denise Bush
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'High Desert Winter Landscape' © Denise Bush

‘High Desert Winter Landscape’ © Denise Bush


You are cordially invited to attend the opening of my virtual 2015 Gallery! In keeping with a 13 year tradition I have posted favorites from the past year on my website. Click on the link below when you have time and feel free to come as you are!

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Just three hours away, a trip to Moab, Utah was a nice change of scenery from the snow-covered alpine scenes around home. When traveling with my husband I need to restrain my usual enthusiasm and limit my photo stops (somewhat). He is a good sport, carries my tripod, points out interesting subjects and on this trip, even got up for sunrise! (The night photography I want to do there might have been pushing it!) He is patient but that patience has understandable limits as significant-others of photographers everywhere surely understand. Most of our time was spent familiarizing ourselves with Arches National Park where we went on a few short hikes. Outside of the park we traveled on Rt. 128 alongside the scenic Colorado River with photogenic cliffs, mesas and rock formations on both sides. We went to Dead Horse Point State Park and reminisced about our being there the year we graduated from college. Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is a well-known spot among photographers for sunrise. Visiting in the winter has the advantage of less crowds and securing a good vantage point. This morning worked out well and I was pleased with my first-time results. We purchased a year pass and I will surely be back… there is just so much there to see and photograph!

'Another Sunrise at Mesa Arch' © Denise Bush

‘Another Sunrise at Mesa Arch’ © Denise Bush
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'Mesa Arch Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Mesa Arch Detail’ © Denise Bush

'Awakening at Mesa Arch' © Denise Bush

‘Awakening at Mesa Arch’ © Denise Bush
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'The Candlesticks II' © Denise Bush

‘The Candlesticks II’ © Denise Bush
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'The Candlesticks I' © Denise Bush

‘The Candlesticks I’ © Denise Bush
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'Moon Through Landscape Arch' © Denise Bush

‘Moon Through Landscape Arch’ © Denise Bush

'Lunar Landscape' © Denise Bush

‘Lunar Landscape’ © Denise Bush

'Sunburst At Dead Horse Point' © Denise Bush

‘Sunburst At Dead Horse Point’ © Denise Bush
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I made some new friends at Colorado National Monument last week… Desert Bighorn Sheep friends, that is! It was a cloudy day and I was hoping it would stay that way. Canyons are difficult to photograph because of their extreme contrast so I wanted diffused light. Upon arrival I was greeted by some bighorn ewes and got a few shots that show how adorable they are before another visitor scared them off. The sun came out shortly after making the lighting conditions harsh, so I spent the day scouting the park. I drove from one end to the other and back again… about 25 miles one-way, stopping to walk out to several of the overlooks. Right around sunset there was another group alongside the road in an area deep in shade. The light was fading fast so I boosted up my ISO and shutter speed for some captures of rams that made the day seem better! I like that the images show how well the sheep blend in to their rocky habitat.

Desert Bighorn Sheep are a subspecies of Bighorn Sheep. Both males and females develop horns soon after they are born. Older rams have larger, curling horns that can grow to measure over 3 feet. The ewes’ horns are smaller and do not curl.

'Desert Bighorn I' © Denise Bush

‘Desert Bighorn I’ © Denise Bush
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'Sheepish Greeter I' © Denise Bush

‘Sheepish Greeter II’ © Denise Bush
100-400mm @ 400mm • 1/250 sec. • f/8 • ISO 400

'Desert Bighorn II' © Denise Bush

‘Desert Bighorn II’ © Denise Bush
100-400mm @ 400mm • 1/125 sec. • f/8 • ISO 800

'Sheepish Greeter I' © Denise Bush

‘Sheepish Greeter I’ © Denise Bush

'Desert Bighorn III' © Denise Bush

‘Desert Bighorn III’ © Denise Bush


Here are a group of images featuring the West Elk Mountains as seen from the Black Canyon National Park. I went to check out the canyon (about an hour and twenty minutes away) one day last week and once there was quite drawn to the mountains in the distance. I stopped at several different lookouts along the awe-inspiring canyon’s south rim but the light and sky just weren’t right for canyon pictures on this afternoon. I kept coming back to these mountains… they looked so pristine and majestic, cloaked in new-fallen snow. The winding road drew me in and I sought out different vantage points. I was attracted to the contrast between the warm tones of the high desert and the cold tones of winter’s approach. With the mountains quite far away and on the other side of the (2,000+ foot) deep canyon I used my longest lens, a 100-400mm to make the mountains as prominent as I could. I enlarged the focal points in LiveView and used my loop to make sure the focus was spot on. Traveling up and down the south rim road a few more times I tried to become familiar with it for my next visit, which I hope will include some canyon images! Staying until after sunset I photographed the clouds and alpine glow of last light on the beautiful scenery before calling it a day… a ‘very good’ day!

'This Way' © Denise Bush

‘This Way to the Mountains’ © Denise Bush
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'Beyond the Canyon Rim' © Denise Bush

‘Beyond the Canyon Rim’ © Denise Bush

'Mountain Highlight' © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Highlight’ © Denise Bush
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'Last Light On Winter Peaks' © Denise Bush

‘Last Light On Winter Peaks’ © Denise Bush

To see all my recent images click on the large ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top then scroll down. See my previous post, ‘Mining Town Remains’ for something completely different! Thanks for visiting!




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