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How the Art Happens - Sunset at the Dike

May 19, 2021 - Sunset at the Dike The West Elk Loop scenic drive offers lots of opportunities for great landscape photos. This overloo...
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How the Art Happens - Making Mistakes

April 28, 2021 - Making Mistakes It seems like every spring we get a couple of days that remind us of what's to come temperature-wise.
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How the Art Happens - Cathedral

April 07, 2021 - Cathedral Springtime brings green grass and leaves along with flowers to most parts of our country. Life at 9,000 feet...
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How the Art Happens - Don't Call Me Skunk Cabbage

March 31, 2021 - There's a plant in the high country that grows every spring in damp areas. It has huge, bright green leaves but doesn't...
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How the Art Happens - 4 Crosses - San Geronimo Church

January 06, 2021 - Four Crosses - San Geronimo Church I miss being able to travel. I love to travel. Especially in the southwest United St...
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How the Art Happens - Warm Wishes

December 24, 2020 - Warm Wishes This time of year I usually spend a few evenings and early mornings cruising the streets of Crested Butte...
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How the Art Happens - Elk Avenue Snow

December 02, 2020 - Elk Avenue Snow The winter of 2007-2008 brought record amounts of snow to the mountains of Colorado. In December, usual...
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How the Art Happens - What is it About Black and White

November 14, 2020 - What is it About Black and White? For many of the early decades of photography creating images in color was not an op...
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How the Art Happens - Crystal Mill Colors

October 14, 2020 - Crystal Mill Colors A few years ago after most of the leaves had fallen from the trees near my home I decided to make...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Impressions

October 07, 2020 - Autumn Impressions I have always enjoyed the art created by the impressionist painters. I recently learned that many...
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How the Art Happens - Aspenshine

September 09, 2020 - Aspenshine I am fortunate to live in an area favored by many of the world's best artists for capturing fall foliage....
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How the Art Happens - Colorful Castles

September 02, 2020 - Colorful Castles As summertime starts to wane in the higher elevations of Colorado, we all are beginning to wonder wh...
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How the Art Happens - Snow Tango 2

August 27, 2020 - Snow Tango Part 2 This morning at breakfast one of the other "regulars" at Paradise Cafe mentioned that part of this...
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How the Art Happens - East River Magic

August 17, 2020 - East River Magic by Dusty Demerson Some scenes just capture your soul. The meanders of the East River near my home i...
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How the Art Happens - Making Memories

August 01, 2020 - Ruby Range Reflections by Dusty Demerson I got a new client this week. A friend recommended that he check out my web...
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Top 10 Tips for Great Wildflower Photography From the Wildflower Capital of Colorado

July 21, 2020 - The Top 10 Tips for Great Wildflower Photos from the Wildflower Capital of Colorado Crested Butte has been celebrated...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Cottonwood Colors

June 24, 2020 - Crested Butte Cottonwood Colors Most of my best photographs for the past 10 years or so have been somewhat planned. S...
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How the Art Happens - Spring Whispers

June 03, 2020 - Spring Whispers As the cold, bare, signs of winter give way to spring, the landscape slowly changes flavors to margar...
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How the Art Happens - Aspen Greening

May 27, 2020 - Aspen Greening It's that time again. Finally! This spring has, seemingly, lasted forever and has only recently result...
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How the Art Happens - Clearing Storm, Artist Point, Monument Valley, Arizona

May 13, 2020 - Clearing Storm, Artist Point, Monument Valley, Arizona Monument Valley is one of the most overwhelming and amazing la...
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How the Art Happens - Half Dome Sunset

April 29, 2020 - Half Dome Sunset Many years ago, I found myself in Yosemite National Park in early November. I had spent a few days d...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Mountain Alpenglow

April 23, 2020 - Crested Butte Mountain Alpenglow Sometimes my photos are just waiting by the side of the road, right around a turn. O...
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How the Art Happens - San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

April 15, 2020 - San Francisco de Asis Mission Church I love the architecture and materials used to create the Spanish missions in New...
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How the Art Happens - Inside Tony's

April 08, 2020 - Inside Tony's When I first moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, I lived in the middle of downtown above the bakery. I wa...
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How the Art Happens - Priorities

March 30, 2020 - Priorities The long-gone mining days of Crested Butte have left their marks on the architecture and decor of this col...
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How the Art Happens - Paradise Divide Winter Panorama

March 18, 2020 - Paradise Divide Winter Panorama I sure wish I was better at this new "social distancing" thing we're supposed to be p...
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How the Art Happens - Mystical Canyon Light

March 11, 2020 - Mystical Canyon Light Several years ago I decided I needed to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in search of th...
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How the Art Happens - Mount Crested Butte Winter Panorama

February 19, 2020 - Mount Crested Butte Winter Panorama Sometime back in the early 1970's someone climbed to the top of Sunlight Ridge ju...
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How the Art Happens - That's Why They Call Her The Red Lady

February 12, 2020 - That's Why They Call Her The Red Lady Some days I just can't catch a break. A bunch of years ago, after a long day at...
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How the Art Happens - Winter Blues

February 05, 2020 - Winter Blues It's been cold in Crested Butte this winter. I know that's exactly what we should expect, living at 9,00...
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How the Art Happens - The Power of Music

January 29, 2020 - The Power of Music The influence of one artform on other forms of art is undisputed. All the artists I know and work...
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How the Art Happens - Red Lady Glow

January 15, 2020 - Red Lady Glow Autumn is beautiful up here in the mountains of western Colorado. The aspen groves around Crested Butte...
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How the Art Happens - Paradise by Moonlight

January 08, 2020 - Paradise by Moonlight It's such a dramatic and peaceful scene when you witness it for the first time. Really, every tim...
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How the Art Happens - White Forest

December 11, 2019 - White Forest " White Forest " is one of those photographs I saw in my mind a long time before I found it in nature. I...
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How the Art Happens - Big Moon Rising

December 04, 2019 - Big Moon Rising Ten years ago I did a little work for one of the local newspapers, The Crested Butte Weekly. As winte...
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How the Art Happens - Storm in the Pines

November 20, 2019 - Storm in the Pines I love stormy weather. I always have. I probably always will. Back in my newspaper days, living in...
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How the Art Happens - East River Red

November 13, 2019 - East River Red This small but beautiful river meanders through a valley just a few miles from my home. I spend lots o...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Frosting

November 06, 2019 - Autumn Frosting The first heavy frost of autumn usually catches us off-guard. The fact that there was enough moisture...
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How the Art Happens - The Calico Forest

October 30, 2019 - The Calico Forest Fall is my favorite season. I'm especially drawn to the warm hues and warm temperatures that usuall...
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How the Art Happens - A Mountain of Bones

October 23, 2019 - A Mountain of Bones Once the leaves fall from the trees, a quiet, somber, introspection, sets upon me. It may look, t...
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How the Art Happens - The Gold Spot

October 16, 2019 - The Gold Spot Our fall color is over for this season. It was late in arriving and didn't seem to last very long this...
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How the Art Happens - At the Edge of Autumn

October 09, 2019 - At the Edge of Autumn Most of us photographers like to make our photos on the edges. Sunset and sunrise are the edges...
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How the Art Happens - Sunset at the Hereford Corral

September 25, 2019 - Sunset at the Hereford Corral Many years ago, when I was in college in Oklahoma, I had a roommate from the panhandle...
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How the Art Happens - Aspen Bisque

September 18, 2019 - Aspen Bisque About a year ago a friend from New York City was in town and we went out to make some pictures of our fa...
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How the Art Happens - Into the Forest

August 28, 2019 - Into the Forest "Into the Forest" sold this week as a 20" x 48" print on canvas and gallery-wrapped around the edge...
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How the Art Happens - Fire on the Mountain

August 14, 2019 - Fire on the Mountain I hear that our planet is warming up. From personal observation, living up in the Colorado Rocky...
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How the Art Happens - Watermelons

August 07, 2019 - Watermelons I used to travel through the panhandle of Texas several times a year to visit family in southern Oklahoma...
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How the Art Happens - Whetstone Mists

August 03, 2019 - Whetstone Mists Whetstone Mountain is, in my opinion, the most photogenic mountain in the Crested Butte area. I say t...
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How the Art Happens - Daybreak Crested Butte

July 24, 2019 - Daybreak - Crested Butte, Colorado Crested Butte, Colorado got its start in the late 1800s as a mining town. Like man...
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How the Art Happens - Busy Corner

June 27, 2019 - Busy Corner I moved to Colorado from southern Oklahoma. Until recently, I still had family living in Duncan, Oklahoma a...
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How the Art Happens . Christmas in Autumn

June 19, 2019 - Christmas in Autumn Contrasts have become a theme in my photography. Whether it's a shadow on white snow, a warm color...
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How the Art Happens - Silverton, Colorado

June 12, 2019 - Silverton, Colorado Silverton, Colorado is a former mining town located high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Man...
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Changing Perspective - Using Drones for Landscape Photography

January 24, 2018 - About 5 years ago I purchased my first quadcopter with the idea of offering a new perspective of homes and properties fo...
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Using Adobe Photoshop to Achieve a Hand-Tinted Effect

March 20, 2014 - Colorful homes and buildings of Crested Butte, Colorado below the towering peaks of Paradise Divide. Technology makes...
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Creating Emotional Photographs

February 09, 2014 - The landmark barn between Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado during a snow storm. Breaking the Rules to Create Phot...
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Photographing Transitional Seasons

November 11, 2013 - by Dusty Demerson, photographer I love photographing fall colors. It’s my favorite time of year. The vibrancy of yellow...
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Why Use a Tripod

November 04, 2013 - Most of my photography students hate using a tripod. I hated them too, when I was learning photography. Over time, I’ve...
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Waiting for the Light

October 21, 2013 - I have no idea how many times I’ve been really excited about photographing a fabulous landscape to only be unhappy once...
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Half Dome From the Other Side

August 10, 2013 - On Playing Nice and Getting Lucky Sunset light provides a golden glow from snow and Ice on Half Dome in Yosemite Nationa...
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Sun or Shade – Which is best to photograph wildflowers?

July 15, 2013 - If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. Robert Capa After a week of teaching wildflower photo...
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It’s Almost Wildflower Season Again in Crested Butte

June 06, 2013 - Bright blue lupine bloom below snow-covered Gothic Mountain. OK! A little truth in advertising might be in order for th...
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The Denver Skyline, A Study in Contrasts

June 06, 2013 - A Spring Evening in Downtown Denver I’m not really known as an architectural photographer. In fact, I spend a lot of ti...
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Whetstone Mists, or How Less is More

June 06, 2013 - Spring Snow on Whetstone Mountain and Cold Spring Ranch. Most of us up here in the Colorado high country are about read...
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Semi-Random Photo Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

June 06, 2013 - A Hand-Shaped Cloud Catches Half a Moon. Sometimes stuff just happens! You’re chatting in the driveway with your neighb...
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I’m Trying to be an Impressionist Photographer

June 06, 2013 - Spring #1 I love the work of the Impressionists. Their ability to reduce a scene to line, form, color and texture is am...
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Help! I need a title again

June 06, 2013 - Tire Swing with Snow Up here in the high country we can get snow 12 months of the year. Granted, from June to September...
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Mother Nature is a Fickle Woman

June 06, 2013 - Rainbow and Lightning Mother nature can be a fickle woman. (I hope she’s not listening) She doesn’t always give us what...
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A Tale of Two Photographs

June 06, 2013 - Columbine 2 Columbine 1 It’s going to be a few months before we start seeing flowers up here again but with forecast...
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McClure Pass Spring Aspen Panorama

June 06, 2013 - McClure Pass Spring Aspen Grove This past week’s weather has me thinking about spring. I know it officially begins toda...
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The Art of Patience and Paying Attention

June 06, 2013 - Intense sunrise color over Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado The title of this post could have just as easily been “The...
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A Weather Geek tries to Photograph a Snowstorm

June 06, 2013 - Blowing snow creates ghostly trees in a snowstorm. I love weather. It’s no secret that thunderstorms, snowstorms, lig...
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“Lone Pine” the Theory of Contrast

June 06, 2013 - A small pine tree in a forest of aspens. Contrast seems to be a recurring theme in my photography. I think it’s a theme...
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Death Valley Dunes

June 06, 2013 - A fierce wind whips sand dunes into shape. A few years ago California’s Death Valley National Park received lots of rar...
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A Colorado Aspen Forest in Black and White “White Forest”

June 06, 2013 - Black and White Aspen Forest If you’ve ever hiked through a dense forest you may know the feeling of seeing endless tree...
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I Find Inspiration in the Work of Other Photographers

June 06, 2013 - Roofscape from Silverton, Colorado I’m not much of an architectural photographer. I usually refer my long-time friend B...
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“Fearless”

June 06, 2013 - Small pine tree seemingly threatened by looming shadows of larger trees Way back in the winter of 2004 I got it into my...
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Colorful Crested Butte in a Black and White Paradise

June 06, 2013 - Colorful buildings of Crested Butte surrounded by a Black and White Paradise. I’m not one to really enjoy spending time...
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Snowstorm Panorama from Taylor Canyon, Colorado

June 06, 2013 - Winter in Taylor Canyon It’s no secret that I like storms. Snowstorms are no exception. But when it’s dumping outside w...
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The Peaks of Paradise Divide Tower over Crested Butte, Colorado

June 06, 2013 - Winter brings its challenges to those of us who live at altitude. First, there’s snow which is our only form of precipit...
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Why Mount Emmons is Called The Red Lady…Really!

June 06, 2013 - Mount Emmons aka The Red Lady The mountain immediately to the west of Crested Butte is officially called Mount Emmons b...
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A Huge Snow Storm Makes for some Beautiful Photographs

June 06, 2013 - Peace in the Trees If you’ve been watching the news lately or following any Crested Butte folks on Facebook you would k...
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Colorado Winter Pasture with Snow

June 06, 2013 - Bleak winter pasture with odd composition Sorry this post is so late this week. It’s been one of those “uninspired” day...
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Winter Blues

June 06, 2013 - Fresh snow and sun create abstract shadows Winter photography can be truly challenging with cold temperatures, difficul...
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Autumn Winds

June 06, 2013 - For years I’ve been experimenting with “shooting the breeze”. You know, capturing the effects of wind on a two dimension...
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A Winter Melody

June 06, 2013 - Winter Melody Once again it’s snowing in the Crested Butte high country and scenes like this will be popping up in the...
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Wee Three Bears

June 06, 2013 - Three Grizzly Bear Cubs in Alaska I’m fortunate enough to live in rural Colorado, a place teeming with wildlife. I would...
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Sunset Solitude

June 06, 2013 - Muted autumn colors capture beautiful sunset light. As autumn’s colors start to fade and those of us who live in the “hi...
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Red Sunrise on the East River (Colorado)

June 06, 2013 - Autumn Clouds Reflect Red in the East River at Sunrise With our autumn colors now mostly a drab brown (with patches of w...
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Sunday Morning

June 06, 2013 - Untracked Elk Avenue, Crested Butte, Colorado’s main street. Although it probably won’t look exactly like this tomorrow...
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Sometimes Just Showing Up is Enough

June 06, 2013 - The Hand of God Paul Stookey, the “Paul” of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, has commented about some of his song writing tale...
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Asymmetrical Convergence

June 06, 2013 - Makes you kind of dizzy huh? Looking up through a wide angle lens into an Aspen forest can make you dizzy. But you shou...
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The Road Less Traveled

June 06, 2013 - Snow Covered Beckwith Mountains in Western Colorado (click for a larger view) This week’s photograph, The Road Less T...
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