With a grateful heart I salute you

Good morning To all my friends


I have been pretty quiet lately haven’t I? It has been a sad and sweet week and I thought I would just share a little of it with you.

As you might realize I struggle along in life financially and in other ways and yet I still find beauty to share with others. My little 96 Nissan pick up is getting worn out and it is only because of the generosity of others that I have a good camera. People who believe in me have gifted me the cameras I use and the laptop on which I process my photos and order big pictures for selling and sharing. I believe in the goodness of people. That is what my mother taught me and it has true in my life.

This week has been full of evidence of that goodness. I got word that my last living Auntie is very near death in Utah. Family is very important to me and I really wanted to be there with her and her family. When my own parents each died family from Utah came here for their funerals and to support us. That is what family does. My older brothers and sisters are all unable to travel down there due to infirmity or distance. I am really really want to be a representation for our family and could not imagine how I could pull together the money to get down there.

To top it all off in the middle of this my little old laptop, which was a gift, crashed and burned. My ability to keep working on more pictures and orders was gone.

I told my story on Facebook and to people I saw in town and also Advertised a 40% off sale on all my images hanging at the White Salmon Community Library this month. All the money I had went into creating this show and before it a smaller show at our hospital.

By the way the hospital was the most wonderful place to have my pictures. My stated goal of bringing light and the healing of nature into people’s hearts to help them when times are hard was very successful. I got to witness people on their way in for appointments or visiting people who were sick or working there as doctors and nurses and custodians, as they stopped in their tracks, took a deep breath and relaxed while looking at the Images of nature.

Back to the story, I have been in Awe at the outpouring of encouragement and generosity of people both far and near. There have been people drive up from Portland to buy a book or picture, people in town have come to buy pictures for their office or home, and others far away have simply donated money. I now have enough to make the trip to Utah to see family. That alone means the world to me. I had planned on making a trip to see my daughter in Seattle and go to her concert, and she told me that one of us needed to go to Utah and I should take that money I was going to use to see her and go show our support for family. The last time I was on a plane must’ve been 20 or 30 years ago But I know my truck won’t be good for the trip so I’m getting brave.

Another miracle… People have been stepping up to offer their used computers to me, or their services in building a new computer when I get the money for parts.

Meanwhile my 40% off sale at the White Salmon Library will continue through the end of the week. If any of you are in the area and take a trip up the Gorge you should stop by!

I would like very much like to give a huge thank you To the community of White Salmon and beyond to people around the world for their support and help in times of need

If you would like to order something or help donate towards a computer there is a help bucket donation button in the sidebar of this page

Thank you all

Darlisa Black

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Emerald Roads Call My Name

Have you had moments in life when the sun suddenly pops out from behind the clouds and grabs you attention, telling you “GO THIS WAY NOW!!!”? I had one of those Monday morning.


I headed out early in hopes of a good sunrise, and although sunrise fizzled I still got to spend a couple hours in a magical green kingdom far above the busy world below. Rolling on moss beds taking photos of Grass Widows and moss, and River far below, in a world apart. Yes it was a bit cold, but I was well prepared.. Sure the wind was a lot to take while shooting flowers, but there were calmer moments. A perfect morning simply discovering the details in a place not far from home that i had never seen before.

Grass Widows along the bluff above the Columbia River

Grass Widows along the bluff above the Columbia River

THere were bits of history laying about too, parts of life from long ago.


and across the river I can almost see my home among the many homes in White Salmon, Washington.


and there was even a hint of a rainbow in the distance on Underwood Mountain!




ALSO a reminder before I go… I have my gallery show at the White Salmon Community Library until the last Saturday in March.. not much time left to go check it out if you are in the area!  Turnout has been amazing, and feedback has totally surprised and recharging to my spirit, thank you to all who have given me such lavish feedback!

You can also check out my side bar links, under Calendars and Books tab, to find galleries detailing my available photo books.

Thank you!

Darlisa Black

Starlisa Black Photography

February Fire and New Photo Sites

February Fire

Sunset in the Columbia Gorge on 02/02/2013 from White Salmon, WA


I have been working hard on creating a SmugMug site.  At this point i have not paid to upgrade to Pro, and so I do not have a store enabled, but when I am ready to make that change it should be easy. At that point I will tie my website and SmugMug site together better, but meanwhile here is a PREVIEW OF MY SMUGMUG GALLERIES if you would like to come poke around.  It is still under construction, and feedback on design and ease of use is VERY WELCOME!


Meanwhile I have happy news, my Artist Reception at the White Salmon Library was an amazing success thanks to my many friends and family and a few random passersby.  There were 60-70 in attendance, and several people made print orders.  The show is still hanging until the last Saturday of March, and if you contact me I can try to meet you there!


Thanks everyone!

Darlisa Black