On a recent outing the following lakeside location screamed ‘postcard’ to me. I couldn’t resist the scene at the risk of being ‘cliché’. The low sun lit up the shoreline and peak in a beautiful display of warm, golden light before disappearing behind the opposing ridge, making a wonderful end to the day.

‘Ouray County Postcard Scene’ © Denise Bush
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‘Mount Abram Lakeside View’ © Denise Bush
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Spring Melt

25Apr17

In spring rivers everywhere wake up to meet their annual challenge. And the Uncompaghre River here in Ouray County, Colorado is awake! With plenty of snow still in the high peaks it hurries to deliver spring melt to the places waiting below. Finding a good access point I slowed down my shutter speed to capture the water’s motion … tumbling and dancing over river rocks along the way.

‘Earth & Water’ © Denise Bush
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‘Rock Steady’ © Denise Bush
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‘Rooted By The River’ © Denise Bush

‘Along The Uncompaghre’ © Denise Bush
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‘Uncompaghre In Spring’ © Denise Bush

‘On The River Bank’ © Denise Bush

‘River Below’ © Denise Bush
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‘Uncompaghre Currents’ © Denise Bush
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On a recent outing with a friend to what’s known as the ‘Adobes’ (short for Adobe Badlands) I spotted this tree at just the right time! The Cottonwood with its nice shape and backlit spring growth glowed from the setting sun. I quickly went to work as I knew the light was fleeting and made 3 different compositions. I enjoy going to the Adobes … it offers some landscape variety and when the light falls on the curved hills at the golden hour it can be quite striking. Spring comes a little earlier there and soon there will be some wildflowers and cactus blooms to find.

‘Backlit Cottonwood’ © Denise Bush
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‘Desert Tree At Sunset’ © Denise Bush

‘Adobe Tree at Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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While out shooting I often use my long lens to get in close to the local peaks. It’s fun to pick out just a section of the vast landscape for a more intimate look at these beauties. I tend to simplify scenes this way … not that I don’t like and shoot wider scenes too. Of course when there’s an interesting sky and cloud pattern it’s all the better!

‘Sunrise Over Snowy Peak’ © Denise Bush

‘Turrets In The Morning’ © Denise Bush

‘Chipeta In View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Mt. Hayden In Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘A Little Gust’ © Denise Bush
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‘The Sky Above’ © Denise Bush

‘Sneffels & Friends After Sunset’ © Denise Bush

‘Far Away Land’ © Denise Bush

‘Chimney Rock Silhouette’ © Denise Bush

‘Gentle Slope Before Sunrise’ © Denise Bush

‘Precipice Wave’ © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Accent’ © Denise Bush


One of my favorite things to do is to take a drive in the country looking for interesting subjects to photograph. It’s a great cure for cabin fever and I enjoy it even more when I capture images worth processing and posting. Somedays that doesn’t happen but I often learn something about a location for the next time. The weather, a different time of day or even time of year can make a big difference. I always hope for beautiful cloud patterns but Mother Nature can please … and she can disappoint! Finding a great location or subject, then being there at the right time are just as important as knowing how to use your equipment. The following images come from several different outings in the last month. All but two were shot along country roads quite close to home.

‘Broken Barn’ © Denise Bush

‘Rusty’ © Denise Bush

‘Shack With Old Car’ © Denise Bush

‘Wagon in Winter’ © Denise Bush

‘Buried’ © Denise Bush

‘Barn & Hay Rake’ © Denise Bush

‘Little Shack in Winter’ © Denise Bush
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I woke up early on the 12th to find a fresh coat of beautiful, wet snow clinging to the branches of every tree and surface in sight. I went out to play and didn’t need to go far … it was beautiful everywhere I looked! With heavy fog the mountains took turns peeking out for just moments at a time. I liked the way they were partially obscured, revealing just enough detail to make them out. My first thoughts were to convert all the images in this post to black and white but later changed my mind. I decided the subtle color made some of the scenes more interesting. Let me know what you think … feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

'Tree On Snowy Slope' © Denise Bush

‘Tree On Snowy Slope’ © Denise Bush
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'Aspen Tree Line-up' © Denise Bush

‘Aspen Tree Line-up’ © Denise Bush
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'Mountain Blackbirds' © Denise Bush

‘Mountain Blackbirds’ © Denise Bush

'Teakettle Mountain In Winter' © Denise Bush

‘Teakettle Mountain In Winter’ © Denise Bush

'Mountain Winter Scene' © Denise Bush

‘Winter Magic’ © Denise Bush
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'Frosty Winter Scene' © Denise Bush

‘Frosty Winter Scene’ © Denise Bush

'Snow-covered' © Denise Bush

‘Snow-covered’ © Denise Bush
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Classic Relics

15Jan17

Here are some images shot in an antique car lot not too far from home. The cars are lined up close to one another and their surroundings leave a little to be desired when it comes to picture-making. I decided to forgo my tripod and shoot more freely getting in close with my seldom used 50mm, f/1.4. This is as light as my camera gets and I had fun lining up my shots without over-thinking it. I played with the depth of field being selective about where I was placing focus. Choosing angles and shapes that looked pleasing to me I filled my card in no time and came home with many images for consideration. I think it’s good to shake things up once in awhile by straying from the usual and this was one of those times for me!

'Rusty Line-up' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Line-up’ © Denise Bush
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'Old Chevy Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Old Chevy Detail’ © Denise Bush

'Oldsmobile Letters' © Denise Bush

‘Oldsmobile Letters’ © Denise Bush

'Headlamp Close-up' © Denise Bush

‘Headlamp Close-up’ © Denise Bush

'A Peek Inside' © Denise Bush

‘A Peek Inside’ © Denise Bush

'Bullet Holes' © Denise Bush

‘Bullet Holes’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty All Over' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty All Over’ © Denise Bush

'Product Of Chrysler' © Denise Bush

‘Product Of Chrysler’ © Denise Bush

'From Carbondale' © Denise Bush

‘From Carbondale’ © Denise Bush

'Framed Antiques' © Denise Bush

‘Framed Antiques’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty Classic' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Classic’ © Denise Bush
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'Plymouth Fixer Upper' © Denise Bush

‘Plymouth Fixer Upper’ © Denise Bush

'Shiny Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Shiny Detail’ © Denise Bush

'Rusty Detail' © Denise Bush

‘Rusty Detail’ © Denise Bush
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'Weathered Friends' © Denise Bush

‘Weathered Friends’ © Denise Bush