Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain!

On one of this week’s photo adventures I found myself out in the open during an afternoon of scattered showers. Being able to witness (and feel a part of) the dynamic weather was exhilarating! I was not only excited by the visuals but relieved to get some rain in our drought-stricken part of Colorado. In addition to a lack of precipitation, spring has brought a lot of wind resulting in many ‘Red Flag Warning’ days. From where I’m sitting it’s way too early to start worrying about wildfires. People here are doing rain dances and praying for more! The storms on this afternoon entertained my camera and I, providing the opportunity for this little collection!

Rain clouds give way for some much needed precipitation in drought-stricken Southwest Colorado.
‘Let It Rain’ © Denise Bush
Scattered storms grace Southwest Colorado with some much needed moisture.
‘Over Wilson’ © Denise Bush
A not too far away isolated storm bestows some welcome spring rain.
‘Welcome Rain’ © Denise Bush
Rain clouds turn pink and puffy near sunset.
‘Clouds Over Mountains & Forest’ © Denise Bush

Wonderful Weathered Woodgrain

On a recent visit to nearby Silverton I decided to explore the train yard and back alleys with my camera. Among the mountain recreation opportunities like hiking, jeeping and camping, Silverton is known for its rich railroad and mining history. The quaint town is a midway point along the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray to the north, and Durango to the south. Many tourists come for a day trip back in time, to ride the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train through the scenic San Juan Mountains. On this visit I started in the train yard, walking along the tracks to photograph some of the stationary relics laid here to rest. Afterwards I explored the back alleys where shacks leftover from mining days still stand and are now used for storage. For this set I limited my selections to one of my ongoing themes … windows and doors. Combined with the wonderful textures of rusting metal and weathered wood I found some subjects I thought were interesting, and hope you think so too!

An old rail car with a window creates an image full of texture and nostalgia.
‘Number 04965’ © Denise Bush
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A number of bent over nails assure a sturdy connection.
‘Bent Nails’ © Denise Bush

A rusty hinge accents weathered wood in this close-up of an abandoned building.
‘Hinged’ © Denise Bush

The side of an old rail car creates an image rich in texture and nostalgia.
‘Railroad Relic’ © Denise Bush

A weathered and contrasting in white shutter provides an image rich in geometry, texture and history.
‘Shuttered Portal’ © Denise Bush

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