Aurora Borealis in Washington State

The featured image above and this next image are from June7,2013, as Northern lights danced in the midnight and early morning sky while I danced around my camera in the silence of a mountain night… which is never really silent, but alive with the songs of the stars, the movement of nocturnal birds and animals. The sort of silence that refreshes my spirits even without the Aurora dancing overhead!

ahhh, a night when color filled the sky to the north of Mount Adams, in southern Washington. What a great night!


More of the same feeling of the deep night on June 1 as I snapped images from 1 am until sunrise near Mount Adams. The rich tones of the night recharged my spirits and brought me energy. This next slideshow is taken throughout that night into sunrise. I hope you enjoy!

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Some helpful sites for watching Aurora forecasts include the following


This PDF document from NOAA  explains more of how Auroras come about and why 

I will include several larger images that are in the slide show, since it is so small and won’t let you click on individual images.



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The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain

Recently we have been blessed in the Columbia River Gorge by a visit from the Tall Ships. This set of images were taken as they approached Hood River on the East bound journey


Along their way at various ports these historic Ships give tours (for a small donation of $3) of the ships, often with people in costume and focused on education. And for a larger price they also sell tickets for rides on the sailing vessels.



In these images, the ship with sails up is the Lady Washington, and the other ship is the Hawaiian Chieftain.

They are a joy to watch sail!
You can find more information about their schedule here.
Thurs June 7 in Arlington, Friday in Umatilla, and a mock battle in Pasco Saturday afternoon.


Also please do check out the links on the right-hand side of my blog and my menus. My photography can be found for purchase at smug mug, Or by contacting me directly at There are also links for my Facebook and Flickr sites. I currently have a small show Amy at North Shore Café for a little bit more time. I have pictures on display at skyline Hospital in the waiting room for the visiting physicians, as well as one in the lobby. North Shore clinic near the hospital also has several of my images, Some of which are for sale along with the ones in the hospital.

If you are in the area I may be set up half the day on Saturday at the new Saturday market in Lyle, Washington. Starting at the end of June for the rest of the summer I will often be found at Trout Lake Saturday Market with my books, cards and prints. I do calendars as well although I am currently out for 2013 and have not yet designed calendars for 2014.
Hope to see you around somewhere! Oh and by the way I am currently having a sale for a few days at North Shore Café in White Salmon, Washington. You can find all of these links available on my about page.