This image is part of my Western Color collection. The range of color throughout the western landscape has always impressed me. Two of the most striking displays of color are sunrise and sunset.
I was setting up to photograph the sun as it rose above the horizon. Initially I was just looking for color and a plain horizon. The contrast of the vibrant colors with a vast minimalist landscape is very moving to me. I was hiving difficulty finding the right look because of the topography of the area and some development nearby. Then I noticed the two sage bushes that jutted above the horizon when I used a low angel. I quickly got setup and waited for the sun to rise hoping that I could get the right angle of it back lighting the larger of the two bushes.
The sun rose with a vibrant orange and yellow glow right behind the sage. The warm light glowing behind the bush made it appear as if it were on fire. “Burning Bush” instantly came to mind and is a fitting title for the image.