It has been a while since I’ve posted the weathered little structures found along the way. I’ve been all wrapped up in shooting and then processing my fall foliage images! This set shows several photos that document the finds and record their existence. They’ve been patiently waiting to be shared. Evoking all kinds of questions I wonder who built them, used them, and what are their stories?

‘Cabin Amid Hay Harvest’ © Denise Bush
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‘Little Cabin, Big Tree’ © Denise Bush

‘The Passing Of Summer’ ©Denise Bush

‘Settler Remains’ © Denise Bush

‘Lucky Find’ © Denise Bush

‘Cabin On Forest Edge’ © Denise Bush

‘Mining Town Cabin’ © Denise Bush

Tiny Shelter Beside Aspens’  © Denise Bush
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‘Shack Near Red Mountain’  © Denise Bush


Eager to get caught up, and get on with new work, I’ve posted my remaining autumn landscape images in one, big MEGA-POST! This collection (much larger than usual) is a sort of potpourri of images that didn’t fit into other posts, fell through the cracks, or were shot later in the season. As mentioned in an earlier entry, I went out a lot and really worked our local peak colors! I processed many more, then edited the selections to include only my favorites … those with something special or different than what I’ve shown before. Snow came to the peaks on October 4th which added beauty to the mountain scenery while forshadowing the long winter to come! I always appreciate your visits and hope you enjoy this ‘Autumn Extravaganza’ … happy scrolling!

‘Wilson In The Clouds’ © Denise Bush
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‘Fall Flames’ © Denise Bush

‘Cloud Topping’ © Denise Bush

‘Mingling’ © Denise Bush

‘Through The Forest’ © Denise Bush

‘Where The Willows Grow’ © Denise Bush

‘Old Autumn Grove’ © Denise Bush

‘Giants Among Aspens’ © Denise Bush

‘Here I Am’ © Denise Bush

‘Clouds Over Distant Mountain Peak’ © Denise Bush

‘Tree Of Gold’ © Denise Bush

‘Mears Peak In October’ © Denise Bush

‘Seasons In Contrast’ © Denise Bush

‘Southeast View’ © Denise Bush

‘Sneffels Brooding’ © Denise Bush

‘Autumn Glory’ © Denise Bush
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‘A Bit Of Winter In Autumn’ © Denise Bush

‘Magical Mountain Moment’ © Denise Bush
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What? … can’t get enough autumn scenery! Scroll down to see other autumn posts including; ‘Reflecting Autumn’, ‘Fall Along Fence Lines’, ‘Autumn Roads – 2018’, ‘Million Dollar Magic’, ‘Intimate & Isolated’, and ‘Complementary Companions’. Click ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ to return ‘home’. I love hearing from you … feel free to leave a comment at the end of any post.


Many landscape photographers love reflections and I am one among them. This fall I visited a nearby lake on four different mornings, hoping to capture the scene with the perfect sky. It is a popular spot this time of year with other photographers from near and far. The surrounding slopes are filled with beautiful aspen trees and Red Mountain II & III are just beyond the opposite bank. When the wind is calm a beautiful reflection completes the picture. In this post I will show you several examples of how conditions impacted the scene … some of the changes are subtle but make a difference. I also found other interesting reflections that may be a little more unique. Reflecting on fall … I’d say it has been a good one!

‘Pink Accents, Crystal Lake’ © Denise Bush
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‘Highlight On The Right’ © Denise Bush

‘Wetland Reflection’ © Denise Bush

‘Autumn Reflecting Pool’ © Denise Bush

‘Glistening Gold’ © Denise Bush

‘Steamy Reflection’ © Denise Bush

‘Warm & Cold’ © Denise Bush

‘Blue Beginnings’ © Denise Bush

‘Along The Edge’ © Denise Bush

‘Awakening Across Crystal Lake’ © Denise Bush
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‘Another Sunrise, Crystal Lake’ © Denise Bush

If you have a favorite from this set I’d love to know which! Click the comment link below.


If you follow this blog you may have already noticed that I often include fences in my landscapes. I prefer wooden fences and when they’re broken-down, I love them all the more. But, I even like barbed wire fences with old, irregular posts … they have character too. Fences offer something more to the scene and stories. So, without further ado, and to add to my growing collection, here are a few fall images that feature fences!

‘First San Juan Snow’ © Denise Bush
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‘Boundary Surplus’ © Denise Bush

‘Borderline Remains’ © Denise Bush
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‘Autumn Borderline’ © Denise Bush


I love driving along country roads any time of the year but especially in the fall. Judging from all the tourists, other photographers and people telling me so, I’m guessing you do too! Autumn road images have been among my favorites in the past so I made it a goal to add to my collection this year. This is my fourth fall living here, in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Searching for fresh compositions, I was happy to discover a few new roads and vantage points I want to show you. So come on … let’s go for a ride!

‘Road To Mountain Layers’ © Denise Bush
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‘Forest Road In Fall’ © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Tunnel’ © Denise Bush
added to my ‘Tremendous Trees’ gallery

‘Rainy Day Drive’ © Denise Bush

‘Winding Through’ © Denise Bush

‘Colorful Autumn Oak Brush’ © Denise Bush
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Thanks for coming along! If you want to keep riding … here’s a link to some autumn roads shot last year.


This post features one of my favorite viewing points along Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway, between Ouray and Silverton, near Red Mountain Pass. In the first image that little spot in the lower right is a peek at the highway. If you haven’t heard, it is one of the most dangerous roads in the country, but it is also exhilarating and breathtaking! It switch-backs through the mountains and along very steep cliffs (with no guardrails). The views are simply magnificent!

The images below represent three different visits, from September 15th through the 21st. I love all the stages of fall and the images here start with greens still in the mix. We can see many of the aspens already taking on brighter color. As you view the images, note how the color changes in just six days time. I often go back to a place with potential just hoping for ideal conditions! When there are pleasing clouds and changing light I like to stay for a composition I am determined to capture. Sometimes just a matter of minutes can make a difference. My last two images illustrate this, captured just 30 minutes apart! Which do you prefer?

‘San Juan Tapestry’ © Denise Bush

‘Million Dollar Vista’ © Denise Bush
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‘Light Atop Red Mountain’ © Denise Bush

‘Vertical View I’ © Denise Bush
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‘Vertical View II’ © Denise Bush
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For this post I’ve gathered some more intimate portrayals of beautiful, fall aspen trees. The aspens are the one and only subject in these images. They are isolated from other features, allowing us to focus on the trees alone. This year we had an abundance of oranges and reds in the mix and I was drawn to the deeper colors … like a magnet! I enjoyed composing these and it’s often the intimate images that feel more personal to me. And as you’ll see I created some fun abstracts too, adding them to my ‘Nature Abstracts & Patterns’ gallery in my online store. I’ve been able to get out with my camera a lot this fall. There will be several more autumn posts to come that include aspen trees as one of the elements in the scenes … so stay tuned, and thanks for visiting!

‘Autumn Hues’ © Denise Bush
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‘Straight & Narrow’ © Denise Bush
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‘Colorful Youngsters’ © Denise Bush

‘Some Of The Fallen’ © Denise Bush