Wintry Mix

25Mar22

The following is a random mix of winter subjects shot in the last few months. If it seems like I post a lot of winter images, I can explain … our winters are long … very long! Second only to autumn, I think winter is a great time to shoot. Challenging as it may be, it offers opportunities for unique and beautiful nature images. As I write this we have the possibility of more snow in the forecast. But this time of year the sun is strong and it melts fast, leaving our mostly dirt roads a muddy mess and adding a new challenge to my photo outings. With our winter coming to a close, I wanted to document the following not included in other posts. I’ve posted more in March than usual … a sort of spring cleaning, readying myself for a new season. I hope you like this mix and other recent posts … if you missed them!

Cool hues contribute to the cold feeling of this wintry scene.

‘Wintry Hues’ © Denise Bush

Last light strikes a mountain peak in this snowy winter scene.

‘Last Light On Peak’ © Denise Bush

Detail of an icy winter cascade in the mountains.

‘Cascade Detail’ © Denise Bush

Cold water flows along a mountain stream, freezing to rocks along the way.

‘Winter Cascade’ © Denise Bush

A view from the Double RL (for Ralph Lauren) includes Loghill Mesa in the center and the northern end of Cimarron Ridge in the distance.

‘Ranch, Mesa & Ridge’ © Denise Bush

A partially frozen Ridgway Reservoir creates a wintry view of McKenzie Butte in the distance.

‘Winter At The Reservoir’ © Denise Bush

A pink alpenglow and pretty clouds are a wonderful sight to behold over the Cimarrons, of Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

‘Sunset Over Wintry Mountains’ © Denise Bush

The moon appears on this scene near Telluride to create a unique winter scene.

‘Twilight Moon Over Snowy Peaks’ © Denise Bush

A snowy slope near Telluride reflects beautiful pink alpenglow!

‘Slopeside Alpenlow’ © Denise Bush

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I love winter imagery in black & white. Early in the season my dream was to create a bigger collection of monochrome photos, but after looking back have only a modest offering. There were several trials that when viewed objectively, looked best in color. Black & white can be tricky and only a small percentage of images work to my satisfaction. If I don’t see something special in an image, whatever it might be, I prefer to keep them to myself, or better yet, toss them! The images below range from the first dramatic scenes, to the more intimate, such as the slope-side tree surrounded by trails from descending snowballs. And last are some even more intimate nature studies, shot earlier in the season when there was only a dusting of snow. I hope you enjoy seeing everything here in black & white!

A mountain spire reaches to the heavens dressed in a new coat of snow.

‘Winter Steeple’ © Denise Bush

Clouds clear after a snow storm, leaving the mountains a brilliant white.

‘Clearing Over Coated Peaks’ © Denise Bush

Last light appears on a mountain peak above spruce, aspen and snow.

‘Winter’s Last Light’ © Denise Bush

A tree on a steep slope is surrounded by trails from descending snowballs.

‘Slope-side Slide’ © Denise Bush

A light snow coats some pine cones and sticks for an intimate nature study in black and white.

‘Pine Cones & Sticks One’ © Denise Bush

A light snow coats some pine cones and sticks for an intimate nature study in black and white.

‘Pine Cones & Sticks Two’ © Denise Bush

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Sunset and the golden hour are undoubtedly the most popular time to be out shooting … but not just because it’s a beautiful time of day! It’s just a wonderful experience to be there, and in the moment. It can feel absolutely magical when the elements come together, creating pure visual splendor. I like to go out in the late afternoon to scout for a good spot, and often one that is looking in a direction other than west. After all, there’s more to sunset than watching that big fiery ball sink below the horizon. I look for the last light hitting the tallest peaks while day’s end shadows creep upward from below. Changing seasons create new opportunities as the sun’s position alters its path over peaks and ridges, striking the landscape differently. Alpenglow is another wonderful sight, often offering beautiful gradient skies that cool as twilight approaches. And when I’m lucky a scene can display both, last light and alpenglow. Two of the scenes below are similar compositions shot just minutes apart. I included them both to show how the color of the light changes in a short time. I hope you enjoy seeing these late day captures, shot in different directions.

Last light on a peak across the lake is reflected in the icy water.

‘Icy Reflection’ © Denise Bush
– EAST –

Last Light highlights the top of a ridge near Telluride, Colorado.

‘Light Along Winter Ridge’ © Denise Bush
– EAST –

Beautiful light falls on the mountains at sunset.

‘Southeast Surprise’ © Denise Bush
– SOUTHEAST –

Chimney Rock, The Turrets and a snowcapped mountain beyond all light up with the last light of day.

‘The Chimney & Beyond’ © Denise Bush
– EAST –

The last bit of light illuminates the end of Cimarron Ridge near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Last Light Over The Ridge’ © Denise Bush
– NORTHEAST –

Just after the sun sets the sky turns a lovely alpenglow pink over a snow covered mountain ridge.

‘Pink Sky Over Winter Ridge’ © Denise Bush
– EAST –

After sundown a beautiful gradient sky can sometimes appear in the east. Here the affect is beautiful against the fresh snow.

‘Gradient Sky Over Winter Layers’ © Denise Bush
– NORTHEAST –

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I’ve been keeping my eye out for silhouettes while out and about with my camera. It’s been fun shooting them and seeing the images come alive in my digital darkroom. Sometimes I like to leave just a hint of detail in the blacks and other times solid black seems best. I’m going to continue to search out silhouette opportunities but here’s what I have so far. Thanks for visiting … let me know what you think!

Mount Wilson, near Telluride is seen as a silhouette, through a curtain of bare aspen trees at sunset.

‘Peaks Through The Trees’ © Denise Bush
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A small mountain makes a silhouette at sunset as seen through a curtain of bare aspen trees.

‘A Little Mountain Through The Trees’ © Denise Bush

A sunset over a small mountain (by Colorado standards) makes a peaceful end-of-day scene.

‘Little Mountain Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

Dramatic sunset clouds form above a little mountain to the west.

‘Drama Over Little Mountain’ © Denise Bush

The clouds on this particular evening had several layers to make an interesting image.

‘Cloud Layers At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A fence and tree with character offer a fun silhouette at day's end.

‘Day’s End Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

A hawk perched on the highest branch adds to this sunset silhouette.

‘Hawk Silhouette At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A vibrant sky takes center stage against a silhouette of trees.

‘Silhouette Hill’ © Denise Bush

The sun sets beyond a line of winter trees making a fun silhouette with the trees.

‘Through Winter Trees’ © Denise Bush
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Many of us have a shared affection for trees … they’re so easy to love! Since living in Colorado a lot of my attention has gone to our very popular aspen trees. However, I have long admired the ponderosa pines that grow in my neighborhood, so I decided to make them a self-assigned photo topic. Ponderosas are big and beautiful, rising well above the other trees, with long needles, and bark that glows orange when the light is right. They seem to like an in-between elevation like our Loghill Mesa at 8,000 feet. The record for the tallest ponderosa, found in Oregon, claims 268 feet. To compare, a quick internet search tells me the tallest recorded Sierra Redwood is 325 feet. For the following images I went out on three occasions. The snow made the outings extra special, and it felt very peaceful just to stand below these magnificent beauties!

A stand of ponderosa pines show-off their beautiful bark in winter.

‘Pretty Ponderosas’ © Denise Bush
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Some ponderosa pines catch some light showing off their beautiful trunks.

‘Dressed In Snow’ © Denise Bush

A closeup view of a ponderosa pine tree trunk reveals the color and texture among snowy branches.

‘Ponderosa Forest Close-up’ © Denise Bush
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Ponderosa pine trunks display a warm rust color, especially beautiful in contrast to the snow-covered branches.

‘Ponderosa Detail’ © Denise Bush

Large Ponderosa Pines create a peaceful winter grouping.

‘Ponderosas In The Snow’ © Denise Bush

Four ponderosa pine trees show off their straight trunks and colorful bark during a winter snow storm.

‘Snow Falling On Ponderosas’ © Denise Bush

A mighty ponderosa pine shows off it's beutiful orange bark in the last light of day.

‘Ponderosa Pines In Shadow & Light’ © Denise Bush
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If you are a frequent visitor to this blog there’s a good chance you’ve seen photos of Mount Sneffels, and read about it too. That’s because it’s Ouray County’s tallest, and most prominent mountain at 14,157 feet. It can be seen from many locations and therefore makes its way into a lot of my compositions. I’ve collected some shots from the past year that I haven’t posted before, to create this set.

Another view of Mount Sneffel highlights the west slope before sunset.

‘Another View’ © Denise Bush
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Sunset brings pastel stripes over the southern sky above Mount Sneffels.

‘Pastel Stripes Over Sneffels’ © Denise Bush

A mountain road winds downhill with Mount Sneffels and the Sneffels Range in the distance.

‘Mountain Road To Sneffels’ © Denise Bush

To demonstrate how much conditions and lighting can impact an image compare the above image with the following … same location, different day! Notice how you can pick out Sneffels from a distance.

A mountain road winds through the mountains with the Sneffels Range in the distance.

‘Mountain Road With A View’ © Denise Bush

Sneffels is cloaked in lifting clouds but if you look closely you can see a part of its slope and peak.

‘Barely There’ © Denise Bush

Mount Sneffels peak is looking rosy in this colorful sunset shot.

‘Sneffels In The Pink’ © Denise Bush

See more Sneffels images in a previous post titled, ‘Salute To Sneffels’ HERE.

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I had a fun outing recently, up along Cimarron Ridge, not far from our home. New snow coated the tall spruce trees along the top of ridge and I felt like I was in a winter wonderland! Clearing clouds offered spotlights on the rocky ridge and frosty winter coating. I couldn’t help but think that the pristine scenes were a beautiful way to start a fresh new year.

A little sliver of light illuminates a spot on a frosty winter ridge.

‘Frosty Highlight’ © Denise Bush

Chimney Rock of the Cimarrons, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, catch some nice light as a storm clears.

‘After The Storm, Chimney Rock’ © Denise Bush

A frosty wonderland lives just beyond a hill of Pinyon Pines, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Beyond Some Pinyon Pines’ © Denise Bush

Clouds lift to reveal the beautiful snow-coated trees on Cimarron Ridge, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Winter Wonderful’ © Denise Bush

Fresh snow creates a frosty wonderland at the top of Cimarron Ridge near Ridgway Colorado!

‘Frosty Topping’ © Denise Bush

Frosty trees below a rocky outcrop along Cimarron Ridge, create a beautiful accent to the scene.

‘Wintry Outcrop’ © Denise Bush

Sunset creates a beautiful winter alpenglow above cimarron ridge, near Ridgway Colorado.

‘Pink & Frosty’ © Denise Bush

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2021 Favorites

26Dec21

The new year is a great time to take a look back before moving forward. And that’s what I like to do with my photos. Creating a yearly ‘favorites’ gallery on my website is a 19 year tradition! Once archived in a collection, I’m ready to move on with renewed goals and energy. Surprised by the number in my first cut, I edited further to include 64 images, with 3 of those added to the home page gallery. Click the thumbnail page or link below to check out all my 2021 Favorites, and find links to other years, and my store too!


Happy Holidays!

19Dec21

Happy holidays to you … all my blog followers and friends! I hope the season brings you and yours good cheer and joy. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

A nicely shaped tree, is covered in snow on the side of a slope.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Amazing Sunsets

06Dec21

We’ve had some amazing sunsets lately and if I’m lucky, I’m already out there, ready to capture them. The landscape photographer hoping for a successful sunset shot needs to plan, pray and practice patience! (The three P’s!) You never know what will happen! I’ve learned to be grateful when it works out and stay positive when it doesn’t. Special moments like these make every effort worth it!

A beautiful sunset highlights the beauty of the mountains, across a frozen lake.

‘Icy Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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A beautiful sunset cloud hovers above a mountain in Colorado's San Juans.

‘Mountain Time’ © Denise Bush

A mountain peak seems to point to the beautiful sunset above!

‘On Point Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful sunset graces a mountain view in Colorado's San Juans in early winter.

‘Valley View At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

A beautiful sunset envelopes the San Mountains of Colorado in early winter.

‘Sunset Over Brown Mountain’ © Denise Bush