Mountain Medley In Winter


This post features some snowy, winter landscapes, shot recently here and there, not too far from home. Getting out with my camera has been a saving grace during this time of safety and isolation. I watch the weather, think about where to go and then take my chances hoping my choice will offer favorable results. Excited by a days shoot, a lot of photographers like to review their images as soon as they can. I like to wait a few days … perhaps it’s to have a fresh perspective. I look over the shots to see if any excite me and sometimes need to work with others to decide if they are successful. Usually having a variety of themes in the works at once, I’ll decide how current choices fit in. Collecting blog images in folders, I then edit down to my favorites, and what works well together. This collection, for instance, didn’t feel finished and ready until I added more, and deleted others.

A crooked evergreen has a beautiful view of the mountains in a clearing storm, near Ouray, Colorado.

‘Tree In Clearing Storm’ © Denise Bush

Three evergreens frame a mountain as a winter storm clears, in Ouray Colorado.

‘In The Clear’ © Denise Bush

A modest little mountain, just beyond big cottonwood trees creates a pleasant winter scene.

‘Little Mountain In Winter’ © Denise Bush

Near Telluride, the Ophir Needles are beautiful forms in the last light of day.

‘Last Light On Ophir Needles’ © Denise Bush

Clouds lift after a winter storm, just below the peak of Mount Abram in Ouray, Colorado.

‘Mount Abram Reveal’ © Denise Bush
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Trees below Corbett Peak, near Ridgway Colorado compete for attention with their early morning frosty coating.

‘Frosty Trees Below Corbett’ © Denise Bush

Some frosty aspen trees sparkle in the foreground of this winter mountain scene.

‘Frosty Aspen Family’ © Denise Bush

Mount Sneffels is beautiful in every season and from many vantage points.

‘Sneffels View In Winter’ © Denise Bush

WordPress Reader Viewers: For the best viewing experience, click on ‘Visit’ or ‘Visit Site’. To return home click on the large ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’, then scroll to see other winter posts including, ‘Winter Relics’, Mountains In The Clouds’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Winter Scenes In B&W’. Thanks for visiting!

53 Responses to “Mountain Medley In Winter”

  1. I always like seeing beautiful winter photos from those who brave the cold to get them.

    • Thanks Ken. For most of these I am not very far away from the car. You know what they say though … ‘we must suffer for our art’! 🙂

      • When I first began to hike with a camera, it was mostly about the hikes, not the photography. So I hiked many miles, shooting photos to document the hike. Although, this evolved into getting to places for early morning shoots, then hiking trails in mid-day and shooting again at sunset. Now I’m more about photography than long hikes; but I still enjoy hiking and exploring, if not carrying a heavy load.

  2. Gorgeous shots, Denise. I’m a little confused by the paragraph at the end. I don’t see either “Visit” or “Visit Site.” And, unlike before, I cannot enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

    • Do you look at the posts using the WordPress Reader? ‘Visit’ is below the intro paragraph they show you before you click to read. ‘Visit Site is in the far upper right corner when you are reading in the WordPress Reader which does not show my theme but the blue standard look. I only upload pictures that are 1000 pixels wide so I don’t think they would look sharp if you enlarge them. I don’t want to put hundreds of large files out there for people to swipe and clone out my watermark! Smaller images also load faster. Large pictures can be seen on my website and store. Sometimes I’ll add a link to those but haven’t done so in the last couple of posts.

      If you see the top bar in black with Denise Bush’s Photo Blog in white and the sidebar with the blogroll and archives on the right you are already looking at the actual site.

  3. Glorious, as always, Denise. All beautifully shots and Mount Abram Reveal is especially appealing with the zigzag of the trees leading my eye to the mountain. A great use of a vertical composition. I am imagining the winter wear you must have on to capture these!

    • It’s all about layers to stay warm Jane! I’m glad you picked up on the zigzag … that appealed to me too. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

  4. Love Mount Abram Reveal. Something about the eye being moved away and upward to …..

    • Nice to hear from you Ralph! Hope all is well! The trees and diagonal slopes act as a zigzag leading line in your favorite. Jane (above) picked up on that too. 🙂

  5. All wonderful Denise! Cannot choose a favourite. I like that way you organize your photo collection! My problem is that I have way too many categories and lots of miscellaneous. But too usually wait a few days before ruthless selection and editing.

  6. Hi Denise – You must be pretty hardy to get those images!

  7. OK. I have 2 favourites. Mt Abram Reveal and Little Mountain in Winter.

    • Thanks for your comments Michael. I’ve narrowed down my focus throughout the years to only what I really love so it’s probably easier to collect for my themes. I always tell people I was born in Buffalo so I’m used to the cold … even though it is drier and sunnier here. I’m glad you like ‘Little Mountain In Winter’… I have a special affection for that small mountain.

  8. 14 bcplimpton

    This collection is absolutely stunning. Being the wildlife lover that I am I was immediately drawn to the animal tracks in ‘Mount Abram Reveal’. I’m still wondering what kind of animal made them and will be thinking of that image for some time.

    • There are 2 sets of tracks there. The tracks where it looks like the feet were dragged was probably a deer. There are also bighorn sheep in this area but I don’t know if they drag their feet like that. The other ones that go right before heading left I’m guessing was a fox and I’ve seen them in this area. Other possibilities are coyotes and mountain lions. The bears are asleep! Thanks for visiting and commenting Barry … I appreciate it!

  9. What pretty landscape images Denise. Each one is so special but the third one with a big brown tree is my favourite.

    • Thanks Rupali. I love those cottonwood trees and have photographed these particular ones before. The limbs on them seem to break easily so it’s not always easy to find them with nice shapes.

  10. Another beautiful set, Denise – some nice magic happening here. 🙂

    • Thanks Eliza … winter looks magical to me. Just got back from a drive in the snow. It was so pretty but then it started snowing hard and got very dark … not good for photos but nice to be out in it.

  11. 20 ecwalsh2014

    Hi Denise … while I love your snow and mountain images, I am cozy in the warm sun … you always have GREAT images … absolutely agree with Ralph B … Elaine

    • Nice to hear from you Elaine. My folks and sister live in FL. I can’t take the heat and humidity anymore … and I like having all the seasons too! 😊

  12. Gorgeous photos!

  13. Wow… These are stunning images!

  14. I like the distant layers in your first photograph.

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone describe the process they use in organizing images in preparation for a post. What you said makes sense, given that you normally post a bunch of pictures together. In contrast, I’ve most often posted one or maybe two photographs at a time, so there’s rarely a question of making them accord with one another.

    • Glad you like the first one Steve. We have been getting some good snow this winter as I hear you are in Texas too. Hope you are not one without power.

      I have posted just one or two per post occasionally but not recently. If everyone’s blog approach was the same it would be boring and then harder to keep up!

      • Different strokes for different folks, as they say. Our weather stroke this past week was different in a bad way. The temperature in Austin didn’t rise above freezing for six days in a row (not unusual for you, but practically unheard of here), and our neighborhood was without power for 33 hours and then 19 hours, plus shorter outages. Many local streets remains treacherous with ice.

  15. Amazing winter images, Denise. The landscape so completely changes when covered in white. There is something graceful about it, or maybe it’s just me that like winter so much.

    • Thank you Otto! I think ‘graceful’ is a good word to describe a snowy landscape. I like winter too and it’s my second favorite season for shooting.

  16. This is another fine collection, Denise. One of the things i enjoy about your mountain images is the character so many of them show. Of all these I really enjoyed “Mount Abram Reveal” the most. Of course it is the largest of them and only one in portrait mode which helps. 🙂
    Locally, the majority of our mountains, which are mostly diminutive compared with the Rockies, are covered with trees so the rock formations are hidden. I think seeing the shapes of them in your images is very attractive and interesting.

    • Thanks very much. I appreciate the time it takes to review my images and leave a thoughtful comment. Isn’t one of the great things about photo blogging that we can see friends’ images all over the world. I would gladly trade you some icy cascades for a mountain or two!

      • That it is, Denise. I am not much for traveling and even less for flying so folks like you sharing wonderful images expand my world. I am glad to return that favor with some ice from my favorite brooks.

  17. It’s so beautiful there. I loved Little Mountain in Winter. That blue sky, white-capped mountain, and gorgeous orange/golden tree are beautiful!

  18. Beautiful landscape and great photos!

  19. I’m not a great fan of winter but photos like these do show its beauty. Wonderful photos, Denise!

  20. Wow…I can’t believe I missed this post…stunning! We have similar techniques in that I sit on a photoshoot for a few days to have a fresh perspective and not taint it it with what I was thinking when I did each one. I also do my digital art in the same way. I finish a series or an individual print and sit on it for a few days….then evaluate it. The number of shots or prints that I then delete does add up, but always looking for what I think is the best. Love this series and my favorite is Mount Abram Reveal for two reasons….the thichness of the terrain leading the eye up to the mountain top and then the layer of wispy clouds just below the peak. They are all beautiful, but if I had to choose…..beautiful work!!

    • Hi Kirt! Thanks so much for back-tracking and having a look at this set. ‘Mount Abram Reveal’ was the favorite among these so I added it to my store site. Mt Abram is the sentinel for the town of Ouray, front and center as you come onto the infamous Million Dollar Highway.

      • Denise, you just took me down memory lane and it gave me goose bumps! I didn’t realize that was the name of the “Ouray sentinel”. I love Ouray (one of my very favorites places on the planet) and the million dollar highway! Every two years for summer vacation, my parents would put the four of us kids in the station wagon….hook up a small collapsible camper and head west (I grew up in Iowa) to go see my mom’s brother and family who had moved to LA in the early 50’s. We always camped along the way and the Ouray area was always a place we spent a few days before traversing the million dollar highway (or after on the return trip) to Los Angeles. Fast forward to my adult married life when my wife and I moved to Denver. We would head over to Ouray and Durango as often as we could. So many awesome memories from all of those trips. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the memory trigger.

      • You are very welcome! Our area … Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride, Durango has become even more popular for tourists, campers, climbers, hikers, photographers, etc. We had record numbers last year during COVID. Unfortunately what comes with it are some who don’t care to leave no trace and drive OTVs all over the high tundra and wildflowers. Locals cherish those months before the tourists come but shopkeepers, hotels and restaurants love it! They buy some of my prints too, so I like that!

      • It’s always a balancing act I’m sure, but I know you love where you live and that’s what truly counts!

  21. It’s interesting to read about your process. I’m one of the download-the-same-day folks but you make a good case for waiting. I like to gather photos for posts in a Quick Collection in LR, then do a draft and play with the order, eliminate and add, etc. If something isn’t coming together but is still a good idea I stash it in WP drafts. You sure have some beautiful mountain scenery close to home! I love the frost on those trees. These all beg to be seen nice and big.

    • I have a blog folder of miscellaneous … those I may have deleted before publishing a post and others waiting to fit in. When I like a new shot well enough and see a possibility for a new theme I will start a folder, which also reminds me what to work on when shooting. My blog is mostly about current work only including something older if it’s one that’s waiting to fit in. It is nice to see your work big. I do all my own printing, matting and framing. 18×24 framed is the biggest I go, although people can order much larger on my Fine Art America store site. Thanks so much for visiting and your comments. It’s interesting to hear how other people work!

  22. Brilliant photos.

  23. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  24. Thanks! These are from last winter. Looking forward to adding more to this year’s collection!

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