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How the Art Happens - Autumn Gold

January 24, 2024 - Autumn Gold After watching the aspen leaves change color for more than 30 autumns here around Crested Butte I can say...
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How the Art Happens - Full Blue Supermoon

December 27, 2023 - Full Blue Supermoon 2023 Last August we were blessed with two full moons in the same month. The second one is called...
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How the Art Happens - Fall is Looking Up

October 27, 2023 - Fall is Looking Up In a tall, golden, aspen forest looking straight up toward the sky is a popular concept. I have ma...
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How the Art Happens - Castle Magic

October 18, 2023 - Castle Magic The Castles are a commanding visual presence rising out of the West Elk Wilderness Area. They seem even...
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How the Art Happens - A Grove of Light

October 12, 2023 - A Grove of Light Last week I was asked to photograph a family retreat above a ghost town. The property is a gated pri...
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How the Art Happens - The Calico Forest

September 27, 2023 - The Calico Forest The Kebler Pass Road leading west from Crested Butte is highly regarded as one of the premiere fall...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Fall Panorama

September 20, 2023 - Crested Butte Fall Panorama Almost nine years ago, to the day, I photographed the peak of fall colors over Crested Bu...
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How the Art Happens - Ruby Owen and the Dyke

August 29, 2023 - Ruby, Owen, and the Dyke This is one of Colorado's most iconic fall color photographs. That's probably why it's never...
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How the Art Happens - Summer on Elk Avenue

August 09, 2023 - Summer On Elk Avenue I have wanted to make this photograph for years before finally making myself capture it in June.
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How the Art Happens - Spring at Whiterock Mountain

June 01, 2023 - Spring at Whiterock Mountain Springtime high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains brings a season filled with contrasts. O...
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How the Art Happens - Lilly and Beauty

April 19, 2023 - Lilly and Beauty One of the first signs of "Spring" here in the high country is the appearance of Glacier Lilies and...
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How the Art Happens - The Three Amigas

April 13, 2023 - The Three Amigas The Pasque Flower or Prairie Crocus is usually the first flower to bloom in spring around here. In o...
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How the Art Happens - The Survivor

April 05, 2023 - The Survivor I'm always surprised every spring when I see that this cabin has survived. I have to tip my hat to the p...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Mountain Summer

March 23, 2023 - Crested Butte Mountain Summer Crested Butte just broke 300" of snowfall for the season. We're not done yet either. Th...
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How the Art Happens - A Ghost of Summer

March 15, 2023 - A Ghost of Summer It was late October and I was enjoying breakfast at the counter of Paradise Cafe in downtown Creste...
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How the Art Happens - Lazy F Bar Ranch Under Snow

March 09, 2023 - Lazy F Bar Ranch Under Snow With over a foot of snow in the forecast for the weekend, I thought I would share a winte...
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How the Art Happens - Belleview Mountain Panorama

February 23, 2023 - Belleview Mountain Panorama Ansel Adams is quoted as saying "A good photograph is largely about where you stand". Thi...
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How the Art Happens - Fire in the Grove

February 15, 2023 - Fire in the Grove It seems every autumn brings unique compositions for fall-color photos. All I have to do is keep my...
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How the Art Happens - Springlight

February 07, 2023 - Springlight Every spring when the aspen trees transition from their bare winter branches to lush green foliage we get...
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How The Art Happens - The Last of the Winter Bones

May 28, 2022 - The Last of the Winter Bones It's finally starting to feel like spring again. Afternoon winds are melting the snow an...
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How the Art Happens - Kaleidoscope Gulch

October 26, 2021 - Kaleidoscope Gulch Some mornings I look out the window and wonder if it's going to be worth getting out of bed. It wa...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Glory

October 21, 2021 - Autumn Glory Fall is my very favorite time of year. It's usually colorful, warm, and not as busy as the summer season...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Reds

September 26, 2021 - How the Art Happens - Autumn Reds Every year about this time there are a few patches of aspen leaves that turn anywhe...
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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 - Don't Call me Skunk Cabbage There's a plant in the high country that grows every spring in damp areas. It has huge, b...
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Happy New Year

January 01, 2020 - Happy New Year At the end of each year, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort celebrates new beginnings with a skier's to...
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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 - 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 - Early Snow on East Beckwith Mountain

October 02, 2019 - Early Snow on East Beckwith Mountain Did you ever have one of those days that you just had to get outside and go for...
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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 - The Base of the Butte

September 11, 2019 - The Base of the Butte Our fall colors seem to be happening a little late this year. I'm hoping that when the leaves d...
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How the Art Happens - Fixer Upper

September 04, 2019 - Fixer Upper I travel by this old, abandoned cabin several times each week. I have photographed it many times, in ever...
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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 - 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 - Reflecting on West Beckwith

May 29, 2019 - Reflecting on West Beckwith Mountain About twelve years ago I started teaching photography workshops and leading photo...
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How the Art Happens - East River Green

May 15, 2019 - East River Green The East River drains snowmelt from the Raggeds and Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness areas northwest...
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How the Art Happens - Vintage Crested Butte

March 14, 2019 - Vintage Crested Butte This post will be the first of a series talking about how some of my best-selling images have...
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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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Where the Wildflowers Are

June 30, 2017 - With the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival about a week away, it's time to start talking flowers. The Colorado State Leg...
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5 Must-See Places for Crested Butte Fall Color

September 24, 2015 - Local pro photographers never miss these locations during the fabulous fall color extravaganza around Crested Butte, Col...
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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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Sunflower Photography in Paradise

July 02, 2013 - A Sea of Yellow Sunflowers Sunflowers are nothing special in Crested Butte, Colorado. They’re everywhere! Numerous varie...
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Photographing Wildflowers – Pro tips from Colorado

June 17, 2013 - Wildflower Photography Workshop Notes By Dusty Demerson, Crested Butte, Colorado Beautiful wildflower photographs have...
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Risk Versus Reward in Photography

June 06, 2013 - by Dusty Demerson This evening in Crested Butte, Colorado the main street is blocked off and covered with snow. There’s...
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New Work for The Crested Butte Festival of the Arts

June 06, 2013 - Fall Fantasy Panorama I must apologize for being absent for the past month. July and August are the only times of the y...
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Crested Butte Photo Workshops Announce Colorado Fall Colors Workshop for 2011

June 06, 2013 - Intense Fall Colors Near Kebler Pass, Colorado J. C. Leacock and I are once again pleased to offer our popular Colorado...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Praying for Clouds

June 06, 2013 - A dry summer has let to a dry fall here in the Colorado high country. I hadn’t really thought about how much I appreciat...
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