These days I’m lucky to have the time to keep up with processing and posting my images. All caught up I decided to backtrack through my shoots from the last three months. Lo and behold, I found a few I hadn’t posted before. Sometimes images slip through the cracks or don’t fit into a particular idea for a post. In trying to come up with a title for this collection I also thought about how good creating landscapes makes me feel … they’re good for my soul! I love being there, capturing the scene and later processing to share what it was like to be there. Here are a few you haven’t seen before …

‘Goodnight Mountains’ © Denise Bush
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‘Forest Cascades’ © Denise Bush

‘River At Twilight’ © Denise Bush

‘Light Through Aspen Grove’ © Denise Bush

‘Cottonwood Curve’ © Denise Bush

‘Smoky Moonrise’ © Denise Bush

‘Turrets In Moonlight’ © Denise Bush

‘Beyond The Sunflower Field’ © Denise Bush
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It’s happening all across America … cabins, shacks, barns and evidence of our heritage are disappearing! Made from natural materials they are returning to their beginnings, to end their stories in this world. I’ve learned to capture their existence when I see them. They may be gone before I’m there again. When I look around I wonder what will be the historic structures of tomorrow. Made from plastic and other man-made materials I fear they will not be as intriguing as those we can still find today … if we look.

‘Cabin Entry’ © Denise Bush

‘Damage From Above’ © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Ranch’ © Denise Bush

‘Sprouting Cabin’ © Denise Bush

‘Nowhere Cabin” © Denise Bush

Falling Waters


This post highlights two recent waterfall shoots. The first in an alpine basin, ‘Yankee Boy’ and the second at ‘Rifle Falls State Park’. A trip intended for wildflowers ended up being more of a waterfall shoot, high up in the basin. I wasn’t finding the patches of wildflowers in the right places that I was hoping for, so switched my focus after spending a lot of time looking. I was glad I did and was pleased to come away with a couple of images I like. Rifle Falls was a busy place and earlier in the afternoon it was difficult to exclude tourists from the scenery. It so happened that it rained in the early evening and chased all the tourists away allowing my friend and I to have the place to ourselves (for a while). The grass surrounding the misty falls was long and overgrown, blowing in the breeze and spray. I wanted the long exposure for the waterfalls but also wanted the grasses sharp … it seems to have worked out. I didn’t find the overall view of the three falls all that appealing but I will show it here for reference. I liked images that focused on portions instead. There weren’t that many good vantage points but I found a few. I was surprised and pleased to see so much water still flowing in mid-summer. Waterfalls are so refreshing … enjoy!

‘Twin Falls At Sundown’ © Denise Bush
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‘Over The River’ © Denise Bush

‘Wildflower Overlook’ © Denise Bush

‘Falls Overview’ © Denise Bush

‘Falling Fast’ © Denise Bush

‘Splash Down!’ © Denise Bush

‘The Cave View’ © Denise Bush

Well … I’ve been at it again … roaming the countryside looking for something, anything, that speaks to me! This set combines some country charm with historic remains. Some of these images were shot on a fun group outing with two photo friends, and others on enjoyable solo adventures, wandering back roads. I thoroughly enjoy both types of outings and feel I have a good balance. I have a friend who likes the same subjects as me and we get together once or twice a month to scout and shoot. It’s great to be able to bounce ideas off one another and enlightening to see how different or similar our images are when we are finished editing them. We’ve traded Photoshop know-how and other tips and tricks, gadgets and more. We have a list of places a little further from home we want to visit together. (Thanks for being my friend, Angie!) As mentioned, I also enjoy going out on my own and do so most often. Creating work when I am in this solitary state is important … it is self-expression, influenced only by me. It’s quiet and I can immerse myself into my surroundings, becoming at times, a zen-like experience. I hope you like these country findings! Let me know you were here by leaving a note in the comments link at the end of this post!

‘Little Cabin & Outhouse’ © Denise Bush
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‘Little Cabin In Aspens’ © Denise Bush

‘Growing Up All Around’ © Denise Bush
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‘Store Open’ © Denise Bush

‘Before It’s Gone’ © Denise Bush

‘Deserted Dream’ © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Red Roof’ © Denise Bush

‘Looming Sky Over Ranch’ © Denise Bush

‘Storm’s Approach’ © Denise Bush

A few of my favorite photo spots are on top of mesas, including the one I live on … but this post is about other nearby places. Mesas are flat top mountains … often with great land for living, ranching, sight-seeing or photography! The mesa roads are slow and quiet and except for a passerby now and then, I am the only human in sight. Cattle, elk, and mule deer are frequent companions and at twilight I hear nearby coyotes sing. I like to pick a vantage point (sometimes the middle of the road) and soak in details from all directions. With camera ready I observe as the clouds and light affect the sweeping landscape. When the elements come together it’s time to work the scene. Often fleeting I need to think and act quickly to choose camera positions, settings and compositions. I try to capture the vastness, atmosphere, and feeling of being there. I hope you enjoy these meanderings and if you have a favorite, I’d love to know!

‘Distant Lightning Storm’ © Denise Bush

‘Peaceful San Juan View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Cabin Below Wilson’ © Denise Bush

‘Brewing Storm Clouds’ © Denise Bush

‘Smoky Mountain View’ © Denise Bush

‘Ranch Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

During May travels I was glad to see the town of Independence still there and that efforts had been made to preserve some of its structures. I had visited a couple of times years ago and now better equipped with camera gear, I was thrilled to find subjects I wanted to shoot. Independence sprang up during the gold rush and was so named because miners struck gold here on July 4, 1879. Despite the almost 11,000 foot elevation, high in the mountains near the Continental Divide, the town flourished having a population of 1,500 at its peak in 1882. However, a combination of factors led to its decline including some extremely harsh winter storms which cut the town off from civilization. Residents started leaving for nearby Aspen’s milder climate and more favorable economic opportunities. By 1888 the town’s population was only 150 … 10 percent of what it had been 6 years earlier. This certainly is rugged country and I am in awe imagining what it must have been like to live here and then survive those winters. I hope you enjoy this trip back in time. Feel free to leave a comment by clicking the link at the end of the post!

‘A Look Back’ © Denise Bush
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‘Location, Location, Location’ © Denise Bush
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‘Through the Ages’ © Denise Bush
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‘Cabin Framework’ © Denise Bush

‘Cabins Down Below’ © Denise Bush

If you like ghost towns see my previous post, ‘Ghost Town Portals’. Click the large ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top then scroll down.

A recent visit to an old mining ghost town gave me the opportunity to add to my Windows & Doors Gallery! I’ve written about the symbolic meaning of windows and doors before. Windows and doors belonging to old, weathered buildings act as portals to the past. For me, they offer a lot for the imagination … whether looking out or in. From the outside, this set invites us to wonder about the past, and the possibility of ghosts within!

‘Spring Green Accents’ © Denise Bush
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‘Faded Memories’ © Denise Bush

‘Picket Fence Entrance’ © Denise Bush

‘Boarded-up Secrets’ © Denise Bush