Fabulous Fall

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2020 Favorites

With staying at home so much I got a head start on my yearly Favorites Gallery. This is an 18 year tradition and how my website galleries are organized. With no photo trips in 2020, this year’s selections are scenes close to home. Looking back I am always surprised by the number of photographs I feel are successful. I started with several more and edited the collection down to 60. Below is a sampling that includes some of my personal favorites. Click the thumbnail page below to check out all my 2020 Favorites, and find links to other years, and my store too!

2020 Favorites Gallery | denisebushphoto.com
2020 Favorites Gallery | denisebushphoto.com
Beautiful winter lighting accentuates some weathered aspen trees in the snow.
‘2020 Line-up’ © Denise Bush
Clouds from a recent snowfall lift, giving way to a rugged mountain view.
‘In The Clearing’ © Denise Bush
A mountain lake reflection will soon be completely frozen and covered in snow.
‘Icy Beginnings’ © Denise Bush
Fireweed grows beautifully on the steep slopes of a mountain lake in Colorado.
‘Lakeside Beauties’ © Denise Bush
As seen from above on Loghill Mesa, Dallas Creek winds through Cottonwood Trees and Willows.
‘Dallas Creek Curves’ © Denise Bush
An autumn road invites a investigation to look at the beautiful, colorful foliage.
‘Along An Autumn Road’  © Denise Bush
A picture perfect barn and autumn colors make a wonderful rural scene.
‘Picturesque Barn In Fall’ © Denise Bush
An old miner’s cabin includes a front porch built on a rocky foundation.
‘Rocky Foundation’ © Denise Bush
An old-fashioned fence adds interest to this beautiful autumn scene along a country road.
‘Fence Along Autumn Road’ © Denise Bush
A fence with San Juan Mountain character makes a great background for Mears Peak near Ridgway.
‘Ranch Boundary’ © Denise Bush
Two Gambel Oaks create an arch and frame for the setting sun.
‘Sunburst Arch’ © Denise Bush
A long lens picks up the beautiful warm light on a distant slope of aspens in deep orange and gold.
‘Warm Light On Distant Aspens’ © Denise Bush
Mighty Mount Sneffels is one of the 14ers in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
‘Mighty Mount Sneffels’ © Denise Bush
An open field and distant hill anchor a surreal sky in winter.
‘Minimal Landscape In Winter’ © Denise Bush

All of these images, and more are available on my STORE site as well as being featured in my this year’s gallery. As always, let me know if you have any questions about my work. And all the best to you in 2021!

Autumn’s Parting Shots

I am always sad to see autumn pass. It’s my favorite season and it comes and goes way too fast! Although it already feels like winter here, fall is not officially over until the Winter Solstice on December 21st. With that I thought I’d squeeze in one more post to include a few stragglers I wanted to document. I’m grateful for the gifts Mother Nature bestows upon me and now, with short days, cold temps and snow on the ground, I am ready for winter’s beauty and its challenges too. So in this post I say, “farewell to autumn … until we meet again”!

A view looking down on Pleasant Valley fromthe edge of Loghill Mesa near Ridgway, shows the ribbon of cottonwoods along Dallas Creek.
‘Fall In The Valley’ © Denise Bush
A mid-size cottonwood tree is a bright spot in the Adobe Badlands near Montrose, Colorado.
‘Bright Cottonwood In Adobe Hills’ © Denise Bush
Back-lighting illuminates autumn grass along the banks of a small bog in Colorado.
‘Autumn In The Bog’ © Denise Bush
A border of aspens, dry grasses and rocky mountain belong to the same autumn palette under a blue sky.
‘Autumn Gold’ © Denise Bush
An autumn path leads us through a stunning aspen forest in autumn.
‘Inviting Aspen Path’ © Denise Bush

Savory Sunsets

Some may think sunsets are cliché but I for one never get tired of them. And, from what I hear and see, I am not alone! Whether enjoying them from the comfort of my living room, or out in the landscape with my camera, a sunset surprise is always inspiring. With years of photographing and looking at sunsets, my selection process for what to show is particular. The sky alone is not enough. For me, the clouds need to have a nice balance and work with a thoughtful and interesting composition. Captures don’t make the cut if they lack these qualities. Mother Nature deserves most of the credit but it is also about being ready and at the right place. After months of mostly blank and often smoky skies, it’s been wonderful to see some beautiful sunset skies return. I hope you enjoy these recent selections!

A little tree sits on top a hill for a great view of Mount Abram, 20 miles away.
‘Little Tree With Mountain View’ © Denise Bush
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A beautiful sunset lights up the sky above the north end of the Cimarrons, near Ridgway, Colorado.
‘Cimarron Brush Strokes’ © Denise Bush
Twilight in the mountains can be striking to the east, especially when alpenglow appears.
‘Twilight Pink Over Rocky Ridge’ © Denise Bush
A pretty pink sunset sky settles over Loghill Mesa outside of Ridgway, Colorado.
‘Loghill Sunset’ © Denise Bush
(This is the mesa we live on top of!)
A beautiful sunset sky is anchored by the  silhouetted horizon.
‘Sunset Silhouette With Fence’ © Denise Bush

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Million Dollar Magic

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

‘Magic In The Mountains’ © Denise Bush
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‘Vertical View I’ © Denise Bush
added to my ‘Colorful Colorado’ gallery

‘Vertical View II’ © Denise Bush
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Complementary Companions

It has been a little while since I last posted because I’ve been busy shooting fall every chance I get. Peak foliage here, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado is generally between mid-September and mid-October. It’s a four week, spectacular show and I don’t want to miss any of it! I will have plenty to wade through and work on. I already have so much I wasn’t quite sure where to start on this rainy day. I picked out a few that feature autumn colors with mountain backdrops. Put these two together and it is not only a sight to behold but one to be thankful for … and that I am!

‘Autumn Blend’ © Denise Bush
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‘Mountain Layers In Autumn’ © Denise Bush

‘Peek-A-Boo Mountain’ © Denise Bush

‘Golden Highlights’ © Denise Bush

‘Indian Summer Sunset’ © Denise Bush
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Goodbye To Winter …

Until We Meet Again!

Here is my yearly ‘goodbye to winter’ post … a little later here in Colorado than other places. Bidding goodbye doesn’t mean I won’t post more images with snow! It could still happen. Last year we got a foot of snow in the middle of May. The snow will remain on the peaks for a little while but probably not as long as last year since we didn’t get as much. Following are a few leftover wintry scenes from some of the places I visited. Next to fall, winter is my favorite season to shoot the landscape so I will certainly welcome its return.

‘Winter Mesa Scene’ © Denise Bush

‘Cimarron Finale’ © Denise Bush
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‘Sneffels On Ice’ © Denise Bush

‘Silent Snow In Aspen Forest’  © Denise Bush

‘Last Light Near Hayden’ © Denise Bush

‘Sun Lighting Willows’ © Denise Bush

‘Minimal View’ © Denise Bush
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‘Distant Winter Mountain’ © Denise Bush

Postcard Perfect

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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2012 Gallery: Images From My Year

You are cordially invited to attend
the opening of my virtual
2012 Gallery at:


The exhibit features 40 favorite images from 2012. Displaying my work this
way has been a 1o year tradition, dating back to my digital beginnings
in 2003. The pages are easy to navigate by clicking on the ‘first/next photo’ link.
Please visit when you have time and feel free to come as you are!

You are invited to the virtual opening of my 2012 Gallery!
You are invited to the virtual opening of my 2012 Gallery!

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