Alpine Morning, Desert Afternoon


Last week I woke up early to drive about 35 minutes to a spot I have been wanting to get to for first light. The most photographed mountain in the area, Mount Sneffels is our local ‘Fourteener’ at 14,157 feet. It’s peak can be seen from many vantage points and seasonal light changes make spring one of the best times to capture both early morning and late day light on its craggy and impressive peak. A big puddle added a reflection and that ‘something extra’ to the scene. A tree set off by itself got my attention as it provided a nice foreground element for what was happening in the distance. With fair weather and feeling pretty good about the morning I decided to go out again in the afternoon. I drove about 45 minutes to Montrose and an area the locals refer to as the ‘Adobes’ or ‘Dobies’ (short for Adobe Hills, Adobe Badlands or Dobie Badlands). Within the Gunnison Gorge Recreation Area, this is a popular spot for ATV and dirt bike riders with plentiful roads and trails. Attracted to the hills and formations I enjoyed the contrast between this area and my morning location. The day emphasized the diversity of terrain my home has to offer, for which I am most grateful. I am looking forward to revisiting both of these close-by locations in the near future.

'Sneffels Reflected' © Denise Bush

‘Sneffels Reflected’ © Denise Bush
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'Morning Moon' © Denise Bush

‘Morning Moon’ © Denise Bush
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'Gunnison Gorge Afternoon' © Denise Bush

‘Gunnison Gorge Afternoon’ © Denise Bush

'Near and Far' © Denise Bush

‘Near and Far’ © Denise Bush

42 Responses to “Alpine Morning, Desert Afternoon”

  1. 1 Deb

    Beautiful as always Denise! Sneffels Reflected and Near and Far are my favs!

  2. 3 Angela Moyer

    Lovely images, Denise!

  3. 5 Emilio Pasquale

    Love it, Denise. That first shot is a real beauty. Would love to see it one day!

    • Thanks for your visit and comment Emilio! Where do you live?

      • 7 Emilio Pasquale

        I live in North Las Vegas, which is about 25 minutes from all the hotels and casinos on the strip. But really, out here it’s just like any other suburban area in any city. Except, in the summer it can get as high as 120. In the shade!

  4. D, that first image is fantastic (first word that popped into my head when I saw it.) Then I came to the cloud caught on the mountain top and being dragged out in Morning Moon. Looks as though it’s trying to form a landing platform for the descending moon. Wonderful.

    • Thank you for your ‘fantastic’ and ‘wonderful’ comment. I was happy with the more intimate ‘Morning Moon’ shot… it’s the kind of thing I need to do more of.

  5. All beautiful images, Denise. The top is my favorite. The moon in the second photo provides perfect visual balance in that image.

    • Thanks Ken! I am always looking for trees on hills and had scoped out the position of that tree on a previous visit. It worked out well on this visit.

  6. I always like to identify my favorite but this time I have failed. They are all breathtaking. With each image, I feel like I am actually standing where you were standing. I am hungry for more!

  7. Absolutely beautiful the mountains, Denise. The first photo is my favorite.

  8. Beautiful as always. Morning moon is absolutely stunning. You have everything right where it needs to be.

  9. Makes me wish I was there…

  10. Gorgeous landscapes, Denise – I’m envious! ‘Near and Far’ has such wonderful textures.

    • Thanks Eliza but you should not be envious with your impressive portfolio and New England landscapes. I am looking forward to exploring the ‘Adobes’ some more!

  11. 24 Joe perno

    Great shots as usual Denise. My favorites are the Morning shots. Love the contrasting colors and sharpness

  12. Envious, although I know I shouldn’t be!

    • Hey Michael… I guess the grass always looks greener on the other side! If it makes you feel any better, there are photo obstacles here just like anywhere else! Places can be tough to get to, there are a lot of fences and now ranchers are putting white PVC irrigation pipes everywhere! Yuck!

  13. Love the textures in “Near and Far”. Just beautiful!

  14. Great images, Denise. Especially the first two; very well done.

  15. Magnificent, Denise. The first Sneffels reflection is so crisp and I love the foreground in your last image. I want to call them alluvial fans but that’s most likely not the name… 🙂 Beautiful work!

    • Thanks Jane! An endorsement from an awesome photog and blogger such as yourself is much appreciated! (Perhaps you are thinking of ‘arroyo’ a steep-sided gully cut by running water in an arid or semiarid region.)

  16. Each image is a winner, but Sneffles Reflection stole my heart!

  17. These are beautiful, detail, light and compositions, the first being my favorite, just love reflections 😉

  18. Beautiful images.

  19. Wow, well worth the drive. The first is my favourite, gorgeous reflection.

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