My daughter Leannan Sidhe and her Music Project

Leannan_Sidhe_9009-2.jpg-woClick  on the photo to visit Leannan Sidhe’s Indiegogo project and see her fun video from Halloween concert.

Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter working on recording her second album of Original Music.  Her melodic tunes take on mystical and fairie like qualities, at times reminiscent of singers like Enya and other Celtic musicians.  She is also my daughter, and I am so proud of her!  She writes her own unique songs, based on stories of life.

Her first album sold well, and with help from an earlier Kickstarter Project she has made it mostly through recording on this second album, but does not have enough to finish Mastering and Duplicating the album.  By jumping in and pledging now, you will be prepaying for a copy of the music when it is finished, or depending on the level of pledge there are other prizes as well.

Please take the time to go listen to her title song on the link above, and come tell me what you think!




Sales on Photo Books starting 12/21/12

To THANK all my followers who have helped me create a small photo business to help support myself in life…


I am running a sale on this book starting 12/21/12, taking $19.00 off the price! It is my biggest best book of the area around Mount Adams and Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Photo Book, Trout Lake and Beyond.

THIS old favorite  8 1/2 x 11 inch book featuring photos of Mount Adams is also on  SALE  for $10.00 off the original price of $60, until supplies are gone

Front and Back Cover of the new book

Front and Back Cover of the new book

There are also a few copies left of this  8 x 8 inch book, also on sale $10 off the hard back and $5.00 off the paper back copy.   This was my original first book, and includes The Gorge, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, even the west coast!

Capture book cover

Snowstorm Dec. 15, 2012


White Salmon was turned into a fairyland Saturday afternoon and evening, children and adults were throwing snowballs and walking around looking at Christmas lights in the snow… invigorating and beautiful!  Good to enjoy while you can, by morning it was half melted and looking more bleak.

These are all iPhone shots taken around town during the storm


Uptown Businesses
This last few years in White Salmon we have seen a delightful resurgance of Community. Uptown businesses, Bingen White Salmon Business Partners, and the Arts Council, along with various individuals, have been working to encourage community gathering and involvement through outdoor events like “Nights in White Salmon”, Christmas tree lighting, and Concerts in the Parks. We have a beautifully lit Christmas tree thanks to individuals such as Sharon McCormack here in the community who helped make it happen. Some mysterious group of community members even decorated Dock Grade with Beautiful cheerful ornaments hanging from trees high over the road! These are wonderful because although they have come to be known as Christmas Ornaments, they are older even than Christianity. Really they are symbols of joy not specific only to any culture or religion, but common to many groups of people throughout history and place. They are bright spots of hope like apples hanging from bare winter trees, bringing color and light into the dark times of Winter.
We need those brights spots of hope, all of us… no matter what religion or culture, all together we make community as varied and colorful as baskets full of beads or farm produce during harvest season.
Here in White Salmon and Bingen are many lovely Cafe’s, Brewery and Coffee shops, Book stores, Gallery stores featuring local artists,who can showcase and sell their creative works. Places like The Inn of The White Salmon support local businesses and artists and encourage their out of town guests to shop locally. The White Salmon Glassblowing and Artisan’s Jewelery and Gallery features many local artisans as well as their own products. Solstice Wood Fired Pizza in Bingen feature artists and photographers on their walls, and local musicians play music regularly as well.
Our town now has more warm happy places to gather with friends over drink and nourishment (such as Katrina’s Cafe and Everybody’s Brewing) or a good book (the local Library as well as “The Book Peddler”. Many of these places are working hard to create community and encourage one another.
One such place, Ten Speed Coffee (now rebranded as North Shore Cafe by owner Amber Nelson) has become a delightful spot to spend time. Amber and Jana, the owner and manager respectively, want to nourish body, mind and spirit… not only through delicious hot and cold beverages and nourishing pastries and meals, but also through music and art. Amber states in her mission statement; “at North Shore Cafe we are dedicated to providing a warm comfortable and creative environment while making customer service our number one priority.”
One current ongoing event at North Shore Cafe is Open Mic music night on Wednesdays at 7:00 to 10:00 pm. In the long term vision, Amber speaks of encouraging the use of this space after hours for events,music, potlucks, meetings.
North Shore Cafe also provides a location for many local artists to get a start by hanging gallery shows. Currently displayed is artwork by Cyndi Strid of whimsical little faces created with slices of garden produce; along with Sienna toned Garden Vignettes by Carl Warren Photography.

My own photography was featured here earlier in the year, and you can come see my work as “Starlisa Black Photography” at North Shore Cafe Wed, Dec 12 and 19th during the evening Open Mic nights, on Friday, December 14th all day from 9am to 4 pm. (Yes, I am slipping in a promo for my work in the middle of all this!) Also Amber is providing a place for a handful of local artists like me to come set up and sell our artistic wares for Holiday presents on Thursday December 20 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. She is doing this at no charge to us, but simply to create more community events to draw people together in a warm cozy place. Come on our and visit!!!

Together we as community can help keep each other strong… and around here winter months are tough for local businesses to survive as well as being tough on many individuals. WE can help sustain our local businesses and our neighbors make it through the dark times by shopping locally among our many lovely shops and artisans to support your friends and neighbors that are business owners, as well as by bringing your smiles to share at the cafes and coffee shops during winter blahs, encouraging one another during hard times and joyous times, and lending a helping hand to others when times are tough. Yay for Community!

2012 Photojourney BOOK

My newest book is out, consisting of many of my best images from late 2011 to late 2012 (plus a few extra bests thrown in from previous years).

This colorful 8 x 8 inch book consists of 26 pages plus full size photos on front and back cover, and tells a seasonal story of the last year for this part of southern Washington and northern Oregon including bits from the Columbia River Gorge. Also included are photos from Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainer, and Mount St. Helens, as well as Fire photos from this years local wildfires.

Price: $42.00 Shipping and Handling $6.00
Contact me at or on here to make an order. I am now able to take paypal, debit, and credit over the phone; chec or checks and cash via male at

Starlisa Black Photography
P.O. Box 190
Husum, WA 98623

2013 Calendar

I still have a few copies of my 2013 calendar and am ordering a few more. They sold like hotcakes!

cost $25.00 and add $6.00 for shipping and handling.
12 month wall calendar by Shutterfly
heavy beautiful paper, a keeper calendar that also is a bit of documentary of the years weather, ice storms, fires, and even fireworks. The dates have a random scattering of small images as well, most of them taken on or near the date shown, either this year or previous years.

I take paypal, debit and credit through the Square on my iPhone, cash, checks and money orders.

Please let me know if you have one and how you like it! I love feedback… also share this link on facebook or Google+ to help me spread the word.

I also have a NEW BOOK that is awesome!!!!! more on that soon….

Damage Control

I tell you I have been learning so much and sometimes it seems the more I learn the less I know. I am now redirecting my site back here again while we wipe out the whole site I had so lovingly built. i was creating it on a flawed base since that last hack job… and so it grew worse.

I will rebuild, perhaps with help, and it will be better than ever!

Meanwhile, I do still have 2013 calendars available… or will soon. I have sold out of what I had on hand and am ordering more~! Thanks everyone who has helped support me by purchasing my products, you have helped me to get through this difficult year. I love the way we can grow and stretch our minds and wings when there are challenges to overcome in life.

Meanwhile, check out my facebook and flickr pages, or Google+… there are many many photos there to look at, and a few on here as well in my links to books and galleries.