Fall color, 2014 and from the Archives

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Pure and simple… a gallery of many fall color images; some I just took and some I am rediscovering in the archives.
My recent show at the Library is over and done, although a glass case display remains through October.  On October 14 I will be installing many new images on metal at Mugs Coffee in Bingen, WA for the Fall season, a few from this gallery along with others will be on display.

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Four Kitties and a loving Brother Roger

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Recently I added more newer photos  from this last couple weeks, at the bottom of this older post from last year.  The new images show showing my brother cruising us around in his 4wheeler… when a month ago he could hardly get out of bed.  Hurray!

Originally posted portion below from  May 26, 2013:
I love to go visit my brother Roger and his family in The peaceful friendly little mountain town of Trout Lake, Washington. I am always greeted with love and affection from the moment I step on the front porch. These four cats have grown up in this sometimes harsh outdoor environment with extreme heat and cold, and have thrived. Growing up sleeping together in one soft little bed on top of the wood box they’re always wrapping around each other like a continuous dance. I love to bury my face and arms into the pile trying to pet every one of them and receiving love in return. They are a challenge however to get a good picture of, because they’re always moving and so curious, and because the light is not so good under the covered porch. I was thrilled to finally get this picture. I had posted it on Facebook and we had a good laugh as each person in the family claimed those are their kitties. Through winter storms with snow sometimes 10 feet deep, through summer heat with temps up to 104 F, these cats have become the healthiest cats I know.

My brother Roger Black is a kind and loving man, treating others with compassion and humor mingled with a love of others he no doubt learned from our Mother and Father. About 11 years ago he had almost died from a heart fibrillation, alongside the road while driving. His loving daughter Sarah was able to get the car stopped, call 911, and then pull him out of the car onto the road where passersby helped her do CPR until the paramedics got there 15 minutes later. They thought he would possibly be a vegetable after that but because of the CPR he pulled through and surprised them all. If you ask him how old he is he will tell you 11 years old! He has enjoyed his new lease on life and along with it his grandchildren.

Roger and his kitties are survivors full of love and appreciation for life. I learned from them things like being grateful for the moment, being grateful for a roof over my head and food to eat and those who love me. I am grateful to those who believe in my talent, and my brother Roger is one of my biggest supporters And encouragers. He carried me on his shoulders when I was two and he was 18. He carries me through hard times now when he is 70 and I am 55. In spite of ongoing CLL Cancer, COPD and other problems, Roger keeps on ticking (with a defibrillator in his chest) and always has an encouraging word for others. He has great love for his wife Connie, his houseful of kids and grandkids (daughter Sarah, her husband Mark and son Aidan; a grown grandson Bugsy), as well as his daughter Carmen and her big family in Goldendale.
And still he always has lots of loving pets for the four beautiful Kitties on the porch
In this old family photo Roger is in the middle in the back row. I am the baby on Mom’s lap
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And this is Roger today

UPDATE September 2014

Roger (wearing his oxygen MOST of the time)  took me on a drive in his 4 wheeler,  Montero Gold, recently and we had a good ol time looking for fall colors up around Goose Lake, Forlorn Lakes, and down some wild road I never could have taken my truck on.  This is him on that day, at the Ice Caves.

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The next few images are from a 4 wheeling trip in the hills near Trout Lake…

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Journey into Heart and Memories

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A quick trip (with my brother Boyce and his sweet wife Kathy) to northern Utah for the funeral of a much loved older cousin became for me a journey full of memories from childhood mixed with meeting some amazing and wonderful new people.  I had been told there would be no time to stop for photos, so many of these were taken at full speed going down the road while my brother drove.  We saw some gorgeous fall colors, and I always love the red rock country.  At this point I just have time for a quick check in and wanted to leave you with some visuals from along the way.  More will come after I get home!
OREGON:

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Into Idaho:

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and finally UTAH:

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AND MOUNT CARMEL, where my mother grew up and saw this view every day!  the first one was driving by on the way down, the second and third were a sunrise climb up the hill behind Aunt Mary’s house.

We got to spend one night at my Aunt Mary’s who somehow got a lot older in the years since I saw her… and she lives in the tiny town of Mount Carmel, Utah, where my Mother grew up on the family farm along the highway.  The old home built by Grandpa Hyrum Stevens, where he and Grandma Mabel May  raised their 11 children.  Mom was the middle of the batch and was a good milker of cows, often borrowing her brothers overalls to ride the horse out to take lunch to her brothers watching the cattle.

The white cone in all three photos is Sugar Knoll, and mom talked about climbing that knob.

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New Cup Ideas, feedback anyone?

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I am debating about getting a handful of these cups while they are on sale.  Question is, would anyone actually pay $25 for a ceramic mug like this?  Seems too much to me, honestly, but I might order a few to find out.

I would love feedback on this.

Chelatchie Railroad

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It is that time of year again and the Chelatchie Railroad in SW Washington is no doubt busy taking tourists on fun rides on the trains… I highly recommend it!

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As the Brilliant Reds Faded from the Sky…

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…A warm happy light painted the landscape and sky, more gentle yet just as profound as the fiery colors a short time earlier. I was on a drive-about, the first one on my own in over a week, and this time of year I wish I could be out there on the road in random directions almost daily!
My journey today took me up Highway 14 to the Maryhill loops road, but I got there too late to drive the old Loops road during the two hours it was open this year. I wandered down by Stonehenge Memorial, then up the hill to Goldendale where I stopped by the Observatory and visited awhile. Taking random back roads I discovered an old meeting house of some sort, took portraits of some lovely cows in golden light, captured a small Lennie and a sundog over Mount Hood, and caught this amazing sunset and alpenglow as I started down the windy Glenwood road to where it crosses the Klickitat River. Heading on up the other side, I stopped briefly at the Glenwood store long after dark. Stopping again at the Rodeo grounds, and out came the camera one more time to shoot a dance event at the community building there and the stars and Lenny over Mount Adams behind the building. Tired and happy, I continued the drive on into Trout Lake to say goodnight to Roger and Connie before picking up some fresh raw cows milk from the Land of Milk and Honey Dairy Farm and heading on down Highway 141 to home in White Salmon. This was a good day, much needed time chasing light and enjoying the evening air.

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Let’s all take a breath and step away from the ledge

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Originally posted on Eloquent Nature by Gary Hart:
Autumn Light, North Rim, Grand CanyonCanon EOS 5D Mark III1/5 secondF/20ISO 10017 mm National Forest Service commercial photography policy (it’s not as bad as you think) I’ve received a number of inquiries (some quite panicked) in the last few days asking my opinion about the “new” National Forest…