September Splendor


Autumn comes and goes early in the mountains so I got right to it upon the first signs. There’s a lot of talk each fall about ‘peak’ color and I’ve come to the conclusion it’s difficult to pinpoint. There may be aspen groves of green, peak color and bare branches all in the same area. I do enjoy fall colors when there is still some green in the palette and that’s how September starts. The weather can be unpredictable here and later in the month snow came to the high elevations … creating snow-capped peaks and adding more beauty to the landscape. The nights are getting colder and as I write this we’ve had some windy days and a snow that reached the lower elevations. Fall color was too short this year but there are still some October images to come. Presented here are some September favorites.

'Aspen Grove View' © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Grove View’ © Denise Bush

River Along Autumn Ridge © Denise Bush

‘River Along Autumn Ridge © Denise Bush

Grand Mesa View' © Denise Bush

‘Grand Mesa View’ © Denise Bush
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'Skyway View' © Denise Bush

‘Skyway View’ © Denise Bush
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'Autumn On The Mesa' © Denise Bush

‘Autumn On The Mesa’ © Denise Bush
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'Autumn Palette' © Denise Bush

‘Autumn Palette’ © Denise Bush

'Solid Gold' © Denise Bush

‘Solid Gold’ © Denise Bush

'Red Aspen' © Denise Bush

‘Red Aspen’ © Denise Bush

'The Road To Telluride' © Denise Bush

‘The Road To Telluride’ © Denise Bush

'Backlit Aspen Trail' © Denise Bush

‘Backlit Aspen Trail’ © Denise Bush
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'Fall Highlights' © Denise Bush

‘Fall Highlights’ © Denise Bush

'Sneffels In September' © Denise Bush

‘Sneffels In September’ © Denise Bush
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'Study In Contrast, Mears Peak' © Denise Bush

‘Study In Contrast, Mears Peak’ © Denise Bush

'Turret Ridge In Autumn' © Denise Bush

‘Turret Ridge In Autumn’ © Denise Bush

'Lifting Clouds' © Denise Bush

‘Lifting Clouds’ © Denise Bush

'September Snow At Chimney Rock' © Denise Bush

‘September Snow At Chimney Rock’ © Denise Bush

'Autumn At The Lake' © Denise Bush

‘Autumn At The Lake’ © Denise Bush

'Aspen Attraction' © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Attraction’ © Denise Bush

'Reclining Aspen' © Denise Bush

‘Reclining Aspen’ © Denise Bush
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51 Responses to “September Splendor”

  1. Just.Absolutely.Stunning. You are in such an amazing part of the world and you capture it beautifully!

  2. 3 Pat Worley

    Beautiful! I think my favorite is the “Backlit Aspen” I can’t wait to come visit!

  3. Awesome!

  4. September Snow at Chimney Rock gets my vote. Close second would have to be the Backlit Aspen Trail. Great shadows. The entire collection is outstanding.

    • Thanks Buck! Debbie and I headed up to Chimney Rock after the snow. You know how far it is … the conditions made it a little sketchy.

  5. Wow, Denise, you’ve outdone yourself again! These are stunning. Some look like paintings, Impressionist and pointillist. ‘Autumn on the Mesa’ and ‘Aspen Grove View’ are my favorites. Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful, love the Autumn colors!

  7. 14 Joe perno

    My favorite is definitely Chimney Rock. A lot to choose from in this collection. They are all amazing, but for me it just stands out from the rest.

    Great job Denise

    • Thanks Joe. I always appreciate hearing from you. My friend and I went up to Chimney Rock right after a snow. It was concealed by clouds when we got there and when they lifted we saw that scene … it lasted about 5 seconds!

  8. 16 Deb

    Beautiful Denise and some great memories!
    Fall is absolutely magical!

    • Thanks Deb … I so enjoyed sharing many of these locations with you and am looking forward to seeing your images. Great ‘ALPS’ memories indeed!


    Really nice job capturing fall in Colorado! Lucky you and thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! I do feel lucky to live here … especially in the Fall … maybe not so much in April when it is still snowing. If only Fall was longer and Winter shorter!

  10. Wonderful images, Denise. Ya done real good! I just got back from Utah and there was still lots of color during the first week of October.

    • Thanks Ken. I saw on FB that you were in Utah and am looking forward to seeing what you captured! I am going back to Moab for 4 days later this month.

  11. Your photos are wonderful, all landscapes are very, very beautiful. Congratulations!

  12. 24 Angela Moyer

    Beautiful Denise!

  13. Gorgeous, love this time of year – your photographs are perfect.

  14. These are beautiful! Amazing captures!

  15. 30 Ted Harper

    You did it again.Beautiful photo’s. They make you feel as though your right there looking at all the wonder of nature. Well done.

  16. What a gorgeous photo series, I just love the fall foliage! And with the snow covered mountains in the back it is even more beautiful giving more depth into the photos. What a magnificent scenery:)

  17. These are all so beautiful that I can’t pick a fav. You are right about “peak” color. It seems that the color often comes in waves and arrives at different places at different times. There are so many micro climates and micro environments in the mountains that the changes vary greatly.

  18. 37 FablesandCoffee

    Lovely series! I’m bit gutted that I missed these colors on my most recent trip through CO, but these motivate me to make another visit next year 🙂

  19. You do beautiful work.

  20. What an amazing set of photographs. From the peaceful to the dramatic. All of them created with compositions that invite you in to wander around and get lost in them. Remind me to bring a compass when I visit here.

  21. Oh my gosh the images are all so beautiful! I especially liked your cloud capped mountain peak images.

    We didn’t get many red aspens this year. I don’t think it got cold enough before the wind and rain came along and hurried the season along this year.
    Thanks for sharing your images! They’re lovely!

    • Thanks Deborah! It was a short season but very beautiful. There were lot of orange and orange-red aspens near Silverton this year. I’ll have images from October posted very soon.

      • Looking forward to seeing your Oct. images. Fall was short here too.

        It’s pouring today and has been rainy, and drizzly for a few days. The Almanac predicted a long cold winter…it may be right!

      • I posted my October images yesterday (‘So Long October’) … if you click on the Denise Bush’s Photo Blog at the top it will bring you back to the latest.

        Last year we had record snow here so I am hoping for a little bit of a break, even though I do like the snow.

  22. Stunningly beautiful!

  23. Absolutely beautiful! Impossible to pick a favorite!

  24. Simply Gorgeous!

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