Fun With Fences


Fences continue to interest me as a subject and often make their way into my photographs. I do have a lot of fun finding and composing with the wooden fences, gates and corrals found in my area. Whether they are the main focus or combine with other elements, I love the interest they can add. The fences here often fit in with my love for photographing the weathered and my collection is steadily growing! The following are some I’ve set aside for this post … all shot this summer, from June through August.

Pretty clouds hover over a field of Mule's Ears in Ridgway, Colorado.

‘Clouds Over Mule’s Ears’ © Denise Bush

In June Mule's Ears grow wild everywhere you look in Colorado!

‘Mule’s Ears & Fence’ © Denise Bush

A view across an open range, of some of Colorado's San Juan Mountains,.

‘Open Range’ © Denise Bush

A fence below Wilson Peak is simply made of available branches and barbed wire.

‘Fence Below Wilson Peak’ © Denise Bush

An old collapsing ranch gate is chained to protect from unwanted intruders.

‘Gated Frame’ © Denise Bush

An old broken down corral reminds us of a romanticized West and times gone by.

‘Collapsed Corral’ © Denise Bush

A meadowlark sits on a post adding a nice addition to this barbed wire fence.

‘Meadowlark On A Post’ © Denise Bush

A barbed wire fence provides an opportunity to create a silhouette against a sunset sky.

‘Barbed Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

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46 Responses to “Fun With Fences”

  1. Fences, especially old rail type ones, are always interesting. I like using them as leading lines, whenever I find ones that easily serve that purpose. You have found ways to incorporate fences as a major part of the image. I especially like “Mule’s Ears and Fence” and “Collapsed Corral”.

  2. ‘Mule’s Ears & Fence’ is as full of details as pointillism painting, quite fascinating. I like fences too in the countryside, they are a kind of unintentional blend of land art in wabi-sabi style. Thank you, Denise. I am afraid I haven’t posted in a long time in my blog, wishing you a nice day, Denise.

    • Hi Francis. I have gone to your site every time you comment and see that you haven’t been posting. I hope everything is OK! I sure appreciate your visits and comments!

  3. 👏👏👏📷

  4. 9 Ken Curtis

    “Clouds Over Mule’s Ears”, “Mule’s Ears & Fence” and “Fence Below Wilson Peak” are my favorites. The first one provides interest between the ground and the beautiful sky. The fences in the other two guide my eye through the photos. I really like the green and yellow in number two and it holds my attention while I look around the image. Great work, Denise.

    • Thank you my friend. I love the way you explain your seeing. When we do that I believe it helps our own photography … what we like, what works, or doesn’t, etc.

  5. All those posts are appropriate for this post. I especially like the second picture in this set.

    Did you know that fence is a shortened form of defence (that’s the British spelling)? A fence is a defense against trespassers.

  6. Nice series, Denise! I particularly like the last shot.

  7. Fences are good for eye leading in pictures. Some fences here are more than just leading lines but also are story tellings too. Very nice!

    • Yup! Fences can work great as leading lines. In this set only ‘Fence Below Wilson Peak’ works that way. It is probably my favorite here because it is most different from what I’ve done before. Thanks for your visit and comment! 😊

  8. The framing and composition of your images is always spot on. Mule’s Ears & Fence is my favorite. What a wonderful back yard you have! 🙂

    • Hi Carlos! Thank you. We’ve had a nice summer. Our afternoon monsoons came back this year keeping things green and clouds (not smoke) in the sky. September is starting out drier and warmer though.

  9. These are wonderful, Denise! I find that fences add a rustic feel, that human element in a wild landscape, symbolizing man’s ongoing quest to tame the wilderness. As the fences weather and age, we know Nature will always win in the long run.
    #2, 3 and 4 are my favorites … ‘Fence Below Wilson Peak’ makes me think of stegosaurus bones!

    • Thanks Eliza! I see what you are seeing as stegosaurus bones. That is my favorite here and glad to capture it on an otherwise unsuccessful morning shoot.

  10. Brilliant set of images, Denise.

  11. Mule’s Ears gave you two nice flowery landscapes and the fences certainly do pull us into the second image. I like your composition in “Gated Frame” and the light on that mountain reminds me of the opening screen in some old western movies but I cannot remember the name of the company. Maybe Warner Brothers.

  12. Morning, I love the Clouds over Mule’s Ear. The lines just send my eye sweeping back on forth through the image. Of course I see the beauty in all of these. Well done!

    • Thanks Beth! I am glad to hear you say that. It is a more minimalistic image and I was pleased with the opposing diagonals of sky and fence line. XOXO

  13. You are lucky to live close to such beautiful places in the mountains. I love the lines and textures in “Mules Ears and Fence.”

  14. I loved the curved one, and the gated frame one. Lovely fence finds and beautiful compositions, Denise!

  15. Wow, Denise….some really awesome shots!! Love the way you have framed these fences and some unique fences they are!! Mules Ear and Fence combines a unique framing with the way the fence curves in front of the back one and a very unique fence!! Awesome shots all of them!

  16. Oh, the Meadowlark – dusk or dawn? That’s lovely. I like the kind of irregular fence like the one at Wilson Peak – that’s a wonderful composition. The old corral might be my favorite though, with that quiet light. Yes, you do have fun…

    • Hi! The fence with the Meadowlark was at dusk. Of course that was more about the fence silhouette but the bird added a ‘little’ extra. Several people here and on Facebook chose the corral as their favorite. That is a quiet and secluded spot. Thanks for visiting … I will reciprocate soon!

      • No rush, Denise, we’re all busy. In both of those photographs, the colors and subdued light are just perfect.

  17. Beautiful photos! Some have a feeling of melancholy about them, reminding me of Andrew Wyeth paintings.

  18. Nice that you’re in an area that has some rail fences. They seem more photogenic somehow. I like Mule’s Ears, Collapsed Corral, and Silhouette the best.

    • Thanks for letting me know your favorites! I do find the old-style wooden fences photogenic. I am always sad when I sometimes see them replaced with metal posts and barbed wire.

  19. Fences are intriguing and can really make a photo. I just love that second one! 🙂

  20. These are great- who doesn’t love a good fence? And you’ve found some beauties, Denise. Love the Mule Ears duo…one for its delicateness and the second for its inviting comp. And Wilson Mt is great doing its job as a leading line. Wonderful set.

    • Thanks very much Jane! I’ve shot a couple more since posting this. I’ll have to start a new folder for the next ‘fences’ post! Mount Wilson and the others all have snow on them now, as of 10/01!

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