Accented By The Moon

I’ve been saving a few images that include the moon to one day make a set of them … and here it is! In my last post I wrote about the bald, blue skies dominating fall. One plus … a little accent, was the presence of the moon on more than one occasion. I like to include the moon in all its phases in landscapes whenever the opportunity presents itself. It just adds that ‘certain something’ for me!

On this evening Mount Abram, an icon of Ouray Colorado receives a little accent from the moon.
‘Setting Moon Over Abram’ © Denise Bush
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A rising moon enters the scene beside Chimney Rock of the Cimarrons during the golden hour.
‘Moon Beside Chimney Rock’ © Denise Bush
A setting moon makes an appearance as the sun goes down over a quiet Colorado landscape.
‘Moon Over Quiet Landscape’ © Denise Bush
The moon rises just above a mountain peak as if to puncuate it!
‘Puncuated By The Moon’ © Denise Bush
The super moon of January 31st rises brightly against the silhouette of the Cimarron Ridge near Ridgway Colorado.
‘Super Moon Over Cimarron Ridge’ © Denise Bush
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A setting moon floats above snow-covered mountains across Molas Lake near Silverton, Colorado.
‘Moon Over Molas’ © Denise Bush

Autumn Assignment

When wildflower season ended late this year I took a short shooting break before the fall colors were upon us. I had worked the season so rigorously in previous years I thought … what can I possibly do, that I haven’t done before? The colors were late but just as beautiful as always. However there were other conditions that did not favor the photographer this year. With high winds many days it meant boosting up the ISO to obtain a faster shutter speed, without sacrificing depth of field. In addition, the wind created bare branches before their time. And to top it off, bald blue, uninteresting skies, day after day, during the peak foliage display were dominant. This had me looking for compositions that did not include the sky, as shown in this post. So, in this way the conditions forced me to create some more intimate and perhaps different results. A cold snap put an early end to peak foliage but even so, there will still be more autumn images to show in upcoming posts.

Fall reflects its bright colors in a small pond in the mountains.
‘On Golden Puddle’ © Denise Bush
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Aspen foliage lights up with the suns backlight for a striking look at nature.
‘Backlit Beauty’ © Denise Bush
The beginning of autumn along a mountain road displays gold with the promise of more to come.
‘Path Of Brilliance’ © Denise Bush
Looking down upon some aspens provides a different pespective for tree lovers!
‘Aspens Below’ © Denise Bush
Colorful foliage flanks the banks along a river reflecting the sky above.
‘Autumn Banks’ © Denise Bush
Aspens arrange themselves in a natural and beautiful display on the side of a mountain in Colorado.
‘Aspen Arrangement’ © Denise Bush
Standing at the top of the falls while enjoying the view is a thrill especially so, surrounded by colorful foliage.
‘Waterfall & Fall’ © Denise Bush
An old fence and aspen foliage attract the photographer’s eye in this autumn scene.
‘Old Fence & Aspens’ © Denise Bush
Vibrant orange aspens look striking agains a light coating of snow … giving notice of winter to come.
‘Snow Falling On Autumn’ © Denise Bush
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An old homestead near the Dallas Divide and the borders between Ouray and San Miguel Counties, Colorado display both winter and fall.
‘Winter In Autumn’ © Denise Bush
An October snowfall combines beauty from two seasons … autumn and winter.
‘Fall Snowfall’ © Denise Bush
The first snow comes to the San Juan Mountains in October in a Autumn/Winter display.
‘Season Combo’ © Denise Bush
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Barns & Buttes

I’m still going through images from a June road trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. The goal was photography and it surely provided a lot of material for this blog! If you scroll down (after clicking on Denise Bush’s Photo Blog above) you’ll see some of the other posts. Amazing scenery kept my camera busy, filling one card after another! Now working on images from the end of the trip, the fall foliage I’ve shot during the past couple of weeks will have to wait a bit longer. The first image here presented a predicament … should I create a post about barns or buttes? My solution, as you see from the title was to combine the two. If you have a favorite in this set I’d love to know… just click on ‘comments’ at the end!

First light illuminates a photogenic gable barn near Bear Butte in South Dakota.
‘First Light On Barn & Butte’ © Denise Bush
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A barn in South Dakota creates interest in the landscape at sunset.
‘Sunset Over Gable Barn’ © Denise Bush
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A pink stripe hovers above Bear Butte at sunset as if to accent days end.
‘Streak Above Bear Butte’ © Denise Bush
An intense rain storm rolls over the countryside near Bear Butte.
‘Bear Butte Storm’ © Denise Bush
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An old homestead and a couple of barns have seen better days while making a nostalgic scene today.
‘Old Farmhouse & Barns’ © Denise Bush
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An old farmhouse and barn make one wonder what it was like in its prime.
‘From Days Gone By’ © Denise Bush
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An ominous storm cloud appears above Devils Tower to create a dramatic Wyoming scene.
‘Right Before The Storm’ © Denise Bush
Devil’s Tower in Crook County, Wyoming is an awe-inspiring sight!
‘Devil’s Tower & Clouds’ © Denise Bush
The sight of Devil’s Tower is even more dramatic against a sunset sky.
‘Close Encounter At Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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A famous and preserved barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, lights up at days end as long shadows from trees creep closer.
‘Approaching Shadows’ © Denise Bush
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