Intriguing Clouds over Mount Hood and Mount Adams

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds

Lately I have been randomly dropping into older files from the last couple years looking for treasures that had been forgotten.  Here are a few of Lennies (my name for lenticular clouds) over Mount Hood and some interesting fluffy wannabe lennies over Mount Adams.  Judging from the rest of the day, the clouds over Mount Adams probably were more distinctly lenticular in form a bit earlier in the day.

All images except the vertical shot are also links to the corresponding image on Smugmug.

This first one, same as the featured one, was shot from White Salmon, Washington,  looking south into Oregon.

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds

 

 

These next three are all of Mount Adams taken from Hood River, Oregon looking north into Washington

 

Mount Adams from Hood River

 

Mount Adams close up from Hood River

 

Mount Adams and the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon

 

More information on Lenticular cloud formations:

Altocumulus lenticularis. These formations are caused by wave motions in the atmosphere and are frequently seen in mountainous or hilly areas. They are often called wave clouds. They may be triggered off by hills only a few hundred metres high and may extend downwind for over 100 km. The cloud elements form at the windward edge of the cloud and are carried to the downwind edge where they evaporate, as can be seen here. The cloud as a whole is usually stationary or slow moving.

You can view a very large set of Lenticular Cloud images here on my Flickr site, just click on this link

Lenticular Cloud Set on Flickr       These Flickr images most often have the story of the event with the photos.

You can also purchase many of these images as prints on my SmugMug site in the Gallery.  Three of this set of images will take you to the Smugmug site when clicked.

I also have a set of these clouds available as prints on SmugMug, just click on the link below.

“My Lennies” on SmugMug.

Just click on the link for My Lennies.  I also sell many Metal Prints and the occasional Canvas or Thinwrap, and for more information about these contact me directly when you have a particular image or set of images in mind.  My email is starlisa.black@gmail.com or you can message me on facebook.

In the menu on the right sidebar there are pricelists for various styles.

Have fun browsing!

Starlisa

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Metal image Clusters, Splits, and Triptychs

I turned the posts about

Metal image Clusters, Splits, and Triptychs into a page in my menu.

 Please check them out, they are fun to look through!  Imagine them on your living room or bedroom wall, bringing color and light into your home 🙂  There is also a link for pricing on several styles both in the page itself and in the menu under pricing.

As an introductory special I am offering these combo images at 30% off through the month of October!  Contact me directly via email to discuss possibilities.  

starlisa.black@gmail.com

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Starlisa Black

A Crisp Fall Day on Bird Creek Road

A few quick shots to share a day along the road and at Mirror Lake as the temps drop rapidly at Tract D and Bird Creek Meadows.

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SEE THE SIDEBAR IMAGES FOR ALL MY PHOTO LINKS, INCLUDING ALBUMS SHOWING ALL MY PHOTOBOOKS.  I AM WORKING ON THE 2014 CALENDAR AND WILL POST THAT WHEN FINISHED.  CONTACT ME IN YOU ARE INTERESTED IN METAL PRINTS OF ANY OF THE IMAGES YOU FIND ON THE SMUGMUG SITE AT  starlisa.smugmug.com

 

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LOCALLY I will be setting up a small show the first week in October at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon one more time.  You can find my notecards for sale across the street at Artisans Jewelery and Gallery, at Dickeys in Bingen, and at Heavenly Grounds in Trout Lake.

contact me at starlisa.black@gmail.com for inquires about prints on Metal, Thinwrap, or Canvas, or order unframed paper prints directly from  Smugmug as linked in the sidebar under Purchase Prints

Views on the road to Arches National Park

Road to Arches National Park

I have been sifting through some of my older images and thought I would just share some from the journey I took in April when I went to my Aunt Leora’s funeral with a side trip to Arches for 3 days.  I spent an evening shooting around Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

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After that I borrowed my wonderful cousin’s car and drove south and east from Salt Lake across through some amazing country to Arches National Park.   Here are some scenes along the road

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I drove into Arches at sunset and the rocks were glowing brilliantly red

Arches red rocks

 

 

And the rich dark night was full of stars as I gazed in joy from near Balanced Rock

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The next morning brought Mammatus Clouds around my little campsite on a backroad

Arches Mammatus clouds

 

That morning I wandered on over to Balanced Rock again to catch some cool clouds there

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Arches Balanced Rock

 

 

 

I had fun hiking one morning for sunrise up to the viewpoint overlooking Delicate Arch from farther away

Arches Delicate Arch

 

 

and along that trail were some lovely Indian Paintbrush

Arches Indian Paintbrush

 

 

Throughout the next few days I wandered somewhat aimlessly led by the light here and there around the park

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AND GUESS WHAT I EVEN FOUND LENTICULAR CLOUDS, MY LENNIES FOLLOWED ME!  *GRIN*

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Arches Pine Tree Arch

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Some of these are iPhone shots, some are from my DSLR.

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please check out the links in the sidebar for my photo books… also I am working on a 2014 calendar and will post more on that in October.  If you would be interested in getting an email when they are finished, please email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com

Pig Bowl 2013

PIG BOWL 2013….September 28th….7pm Wahtonka Football Field….. The Dalles

The pig bowl is an annual Benefit football game between Washington and Oregon law enforcement agencies. This year two families will be helped. In Washington a family in Goldendale whose husband died and the wife and young mothering 2 had back surgery that failed. She is now the sole breadwinner for the family. In Oregon a young man named Donovan has stage four Hodgkin’s disease. He will be going to Seattle for a four month treatment involving bone marrow transplant. You can attend the game in The Dalles for $3 dollars an individual or $10 family. All food being sold at the game was donated and sales will benefit the families.
This is a flag football game, with a twist. Points for both teams may be purchased at the game, or online at www.pigbowl.net Right now Oregon is ahead so come on Washington, $5 gets a point plus an oink sound over the PA system at the game, $25 gets a field goal, and $50 gets a touchdown seven points.
At the game itself there will be a bounce house for the children, displays and information by search and rescue, and other such fun.
GO TEAM!!! In this game both sides win

Dedication Memorial In Honor of Loving Parents

Nina Black at Lewis River

Our Mother, Nina Black, was born Nina Stevens on May 18, 1913 in Mt. Carmel, Utah; and died of a stroke, peacefully  in the  home of her son Boyce on November 7, 2003 in White Salmon, Washington, seven years after her husband, Claude Elias Black (May 8, 2008- Thanksgiving Day 1996).   Nina took her last breaths holding hands with Boyce and myself  and surrounded by three generations of her descendants singing her favorite hymns to her as she passed through that veil between worlds. Claude had a quick heart attack after a Thanksgiving Dinner with the large family, and passed away on his own bed with his boots still on, just the way he would have liked.  His last breaths went through me as I did CPR and I knew beyond doubt that he was ready to go, I could feel him so strongly.

As a young girl growing up in southern Utah, Nina remembered her first schoolbus was a horse drawn Sleigh in the winter. A trip to Kanab, 20 some miles away, took half a day travel time down the old creek bed, watching out for quicksand areas. Her Mother, Mabel May Stevens, always had flowers on their piano, and many of her 10 brothers and sisters loved to sing and play music.  Their Father, Hyrum Wallace Stevens was a hard working man with a farm, and several cows.  Life was hard but full of love, fresh garden produce and plenty of milk!

Nina grew into a lovely young woman

Nina as a young girl

Nina as a young girl

and she met a handsome young man

Dad on his Mission to North Carolina

Dad on his Mission to North Carolina

Claude was her School Bus Driver for awhile, and the day after Nina Graduated from High School they headed off to St. George to be married in the LDS Temple, Sadly, the car broke down on the way and by the time Claude got it fixed and they made it to St. George the Temple was closed.  Claude had to be at Sheep camp the next day, so they found the Bishop and some witnesses and arranged a civil marriage.  After the summer working at the camp (Mom cooked, Dad was a Sheep herder), they returned to the Temple and got sealed for eternity.

Claude and Nina on their wedding day April 15, 1932

Claude and Nina on their wedding day April 15, 1932

The next 18 years found them moving around following work during the depression, having each child in a different town and in 4 states.  After living in Utah (Dad was a mechanic in Glendale, Utah), California (Orange Orchards), Arizona, and Idaho, (Mechanic and driver on road construction),  The Depression was hard times, often with so very little food for the family.  One time about all they had was a little flour, and they found a 50 pound bag of onions laying by the road.  They had baked onions, fried onions, onion soup, and were grateful.    Claude brought  the family to Washington in 1950 to help his brother Clell Black with a Service Station in Husum, and it became the home they had been searching for.  Raising their teenage kids here was wonderful.  Dad worked at Hunsaker’s and then at Ford Garage in Bingen, and I am told the house was always full of kids.  Mom said she had to count the sleeping bags on the lawn or the living room floor depending on the season to know how many kids she had that day to cook for.  To this day there are many who call Claude and Nina Mom and Dad, kids who stayed with us or came over for meals often, kids with troubled homes that my folks took under their wings.

I was fortunate to be born and raised in White Salmon, and went with Mom and Dad everywhere.

Mother was the teacher in life who most taught me to “Love one Another” by example, by actions. Love of beauty in nature was her legacy, seeing the Divine in others was her trademark. Humor was a joy shared with Mom and Dad… laughter and hugs filled our home. This amazing woman raised 6 children, and always had time for a hug and love… or cookies and homemade rootbeer,  or homemade icecream.

Mom and me....

Mom and me….

Mom and me

Mom and me

Nina and Darlisa at Long Beach

Nina and Darlisa at Long Beach

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Daddy and Me

Daddy and Me.  Can you tell I was Daddy’s Girl?  I followed him everywhere, down cliffs, up waterfalls, and  across rivers in search of fish and rocks; and I followed him into the deep woods hunting deer.

Daddy taught me how to handle a gun properly at a young age, but I never did shoot a deer... when I finally got my first deer in the scope, I  put the rifle down and Dad asked what I was doing... I said "I'm really not hungry, Dad".  He laughed and said "you will be come winter!"

Daddy taught me how to handle a gun properly at a young age, but I never did shoot a deer… when I finally got my first deer in the scope, I put the rifle down and Dad asked what I was doing… I said “I’m really not hungry, Dad”. He laughed and said “you will be come winter!”

I don't remember many times I was at Mosquito Lake in snow, but here is proof it happened!

I don’t remember many times I was at Mosquito Lake in snow, but here is proof it happened!

Summers often found us going to Utah to see Grandma Black (Sarah Elizabeth Cox). These journeys were full of visits to amazing places and red rock parks, places my parents had not been to growing up in Utah.

Summers often found us going to Utah to see Grandma Black (Sarah Elizabeth Cox). These journeys were full of visits to amazing places and red rock parks, places my parents had not been to growing up in Utah.

My wonderful brothers sadly left home for Navy, Army and College by the time I was 4 and my sister had already gotten married, so at times it was like being an only child, but when they were around they spoiled me rotten.

Our Family after I came along

Our Family after I came along

Claude and Nina lost their oldest son Sheldon in a hunting accident…and then had me 1 1/2 years later. My growing up memories were of a happy mother full of love and joy… willing to wade with me in the creek, throw a snowball at age 75, and kiss away all the pains. I have often wondered in recent years how she did it… and then I know.  It was because of her absolute faith in God and in what comes after death. She knew she would see her son again, he was not really gone… and so the pain was less sharp.  Her faith nourished her Husband, and all her Children; Nora, Sheldon, Dennis, Roger, Boyce, and myself.

My brother I haven't met in this life, Sheldon, with my "adopted" brother Jimmy

My brother I haven’t met in this life, Sheldon (on the right)  with my “adopted” brother Jimmy.  Sheldon was killed in a freak hunting accident at age 20 in September 1956 by Jimmy, and as I grew up Jimmy was the other brother in our house… I remember him throwing me up in the air and laughing. Mother always said that she knew if she said one angry word to him about shooting Sheldon that he would have killed himself, so she simply took him in her arms.

I am always amazed at the strength of my parents… Not long before they lost Sheldon, Grandpa Alvin Black died of a heart attack in Husum where he had come to help his sons build a home for Clell and Allie.  In the spring after losing Sheldon,  Mom and Dad took their first EVER child free weekend trip to the coast, camping at Copalis Beach in Washington.  That is where I was conceived just when they thought they were nearly done raising children.  Mom was 45 and Dad was 50.  Then, while pregnant with me, Mom’s Mom passed away back in Utah and she made the journey for the funeral.  After all of this, still these amazing people said only kind things and raised me with joy and love.

Roger, Darlisa, Dennis, Boyce

Roger, Darlisa, Dennis, Boyce

Sister Nora and her son Gregory Jon

Sister Nora and her son Gregory Jon at the Beach with us

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Nora and Nina were pregnant at the same time, and David and Darlisa were born exactly 2 months apart

Nora and Nina were pregnant at the same time, and David and Darlisa were born exactly 2 months apart

Mom and my Tippy Dog

Mom and my Tippy Dog

Nina loved this land.   Daily she would point out a lovely hat on Mount Hood or Mount Adams, or some lovely flowers blooming along the roads.  Summers were spent wading in the Lewis River, filling our pockets with rocks while Dad filled his bag with fish.  The smallest or largest moments of beauty around us were pointed out and appreciated.

Claude and Nina at Lower Falls

Claude and Nina at Lower Falls

Dad fishing under Upper Falls on the Lewis River

Dad fishing under Upper Falls on the Lewis River

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Up until a week before her 90th birthday, Mom was still sewing patchwork quilts up on her old Singer Treadle sewing machine. Many of those quilts contained memories… as material salvaged from clothing was often used in her quilts.

50th Wedding Anniversary (I think, or 60th?) The Quilt on the wall may have been one of Mom's

50th Wedding Anniversary (I think, or 60th?) The Quilt on the wall may have been one of Mom’s

My friend Debbie, Mom and myself in around 1986

My friend Debbie, Mom and myself in around 1986.  It was during this time that I was a single mother, and Dad became Grandpa Dad to my daughter.

My dad and my daughter

My dad and my daughter

 

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Frosted Leaves and Mount Adams
Frosted Leaves and Mount Adams.  

Perfect Crystalline Frost on the early morning plants reminds me of my Mother, who taught me to always notice the moments of beauty in all seasons.  In the background on this photo, we see Mt. Adams, one of her favorites… and I see it now as her faith, enduring to the end.

Mother and Father, we love you!!!

Buffalo Breath and Memories

 

 

This one is dedicated to my deceased husband David Reel… who passed away January 16, 1996 following a long illness. We had been together for 4 years when he got sick… and soon after that we had a large community wedding on Winter Solstice 1991, sort of a blend of new age, native american and christian…. a ceremony we created more or less on the spot and involved the whole crowd. The men followed David into the chapel from outside and circled the building clockwise to make a circle filling the whole room, and the women followed me in a counter clockwise circle ending up in a circle inside the circle of men… with David and I standing together with our Native preacher friend… My daughter joined in our ceremony, by reading out loud a wonderful poem she found called “Don’t you Quit!”
The ceremony was profound, I felt… and later was told that forming part of the circle was an experience for many rather like getting married all over again, renewing their own vows . After the ceremony was over, musician friends of ours in Port Townsend started playing a Polka, and David and I danced all around the room until we were breathless… joined by the others after the first few moments…

At the time, David had a IV port in his arm, and had energy for only one dance, but oh, we had so much fun! Sadly he ended up back in the hospital once more after one night of honeymoon.

The reason I chose this photo (taken on January 15, 2009) was because of a memory from our extended family honeymoon that took place in May of 1992. We all drove across Idaho camping at hot springs along the way, with David almost entirely blind at the time.  Often, after the camping chores shared by all 3 of us were done, I would read out loud to both he and my daughter before bed. It was a timeless journey, with fishing and hot springs, laughter and frustration both. We came to Yellowstone and spent a week or so wandering around… my daughter still remembers me sitting in the open door of the camper van playing my Native American flute for the herd of Buffalo crossing the road and wallowing in the dust nearby. She tells me they came closer, listening to the flute.

At one point, my girl and  I were outside the van, taking photos of the buffalo and a large moose with calf off the road a ways. David, who could not see more than some movement and light, was sitting in the van with the window down… while a buffalo was browsing in the low bushes beside the road not far away. Later, he told me he learned a new breathing meditation….. “Buffalo Breath”. As the Bison grazed, she would take a deep breathe and exhale it all out with a whooosh… so for awhile when things got rough David would practice his “buffalo breath meditation. Hmmm… now that I think of it, it was rather a lot like the kind of breathing they teach a woman to use in labor!

Back here in 2009, In this photo, it was freezing cold out, with rime frost on the trees and plants… and as the Bison breathed, their breath became the fog you see around the back buffalo. Seeing this I was transported back in time to the trip to Yellowstone.  This small herd was living on a ranch near Trout Lake, Washington, but change comes to all things eventually and the herd is gone now.

Life has never since been the same

 The “Don’t You Quit” Poem

 

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Mirror Lake on Mount Adams

I recently was blessed to witness this amazing sunset that just did not end for the longest time, moving from orange through red into pink and purple…
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and a while before that I caught this more subtle one.  I love to be up here in Tract D and Bird Creek Meadows.  The season will not be lasting much longer, possibly end of September or mid October the gates will lock back up.

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Yakama Nation Tract D includes the eastern half of the Mount Adams Wilderness

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This Friday evening September 20, 2013, from 5-8 pm at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon there will be a Trunk show with several artisans displaying our wares (yes, including me). If you are on facebook you can learn more here

Event page on Facebook for the Trunk Sale 

 

 

They will also be open for business with their usual goodies and juices, coffee and snacks

or, here is a map for directions You can see a Bing map here for directions

My images are all my own, and any use for your own purposes is prohibited without talking to me first

Under the Storm Cell on Mount Hood

Under the Storm Cell on Mount Hood
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I always did love this shot looking up at a passing storm cell from up at Timberline… such wild and wooly weather these mountains create around themselves. Normally I am seeing the Hood from far away in White Salmon, Washington, watching the clouds dance around the peak or bury her completely. This is one of the many faces of Mount Hood from my last post

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This Friday evening September 20, 2013, from 5-8 pm at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon there will be a Trunk show with several artisans displaying our wares (yes, including me). If you are on facebook you can learn more here www.facebook.com/events/507564742652029/ They will also be open for business with their usual goodies and juices, coffee and snacks

or, here is a map for directions You can see a Bing map here for directions

My images are all my own, and any use for your own purposes is prohibited without talking to me first