Life’s little whirlwinds

Sometimes when you think you have a handle on life, a whirlwind kicks up and sends you off in a new direction, perhaps a bit tattered and torn, with new scars for show and tell.
In this case, a family death brings a trip to Utah with my older Brother and his daughter. While making preparations for this, my elderly Sister had chest pain and was cold and clammy, so we called 911 and went with her to the hospital where she spent one night. Fortunately she stabilized again, and the upside is that we were able to discharge her directly to a Care Center for a few days while I take the trip to Utah so I won’t be worrying about her safety when I am gone. I was dog sitting and found family to care for the dog and cats as well. Now I just have to go home and pack!

Meanwhile I wanted to share a series of light paintings I have made on my iPhone and iPad. These are from an app called Silk, which is wonderfully soothing and meditative. Hope you enjoy! Our regularly scheduled nature photography will return soon

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Also check out the links in the sidebar where you can purchase my fine art prints or visit me on Flickr or Facebook. I do have a few 2014 calendars left for sale, and a few books.

Thank you for your visit!

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BREATH OF LIFE

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years.  I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years. I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

BREATH OF LIFE

Breath of life, wash through my body

as I walk besides this sacred stream…

Father and Mother nearby,

I feel them in the smell of the forest,

in the dark of the deep cave…

they are in the water cascading down the mountainside,

in the fish that leap and glide…

their presence warms my heart

I lay upon the freshly wet forest duff..

Their love wraps itself around me like the softest blanket

as I give my tears to the earth…

and send my prayers on wings to the Creator.

Ancient Cedars carry my heart upwards

as the sap rises in the spring, and oh the smell!

Fresh pine gum fills my mouth with the tangy aroma of life,

as I sense my mother’s presence, she

who taught me to chew the delightful gum.

Sounds of the forest catch my attention,

and I remember my dad teaching me to track thru snow…

be alert, always scanning to the front and back

between quick glances at the ground.

A magical place, a sacred space,

not far from home,

yet in another world.

I follow the creek up over waterfalls

and around boulders and logs.

Rich yellow green mosses carpet rocks and soil

in an enticing paradise,

illuminated by spirit, refreshing the soul.

Sacred place,  mystical space….

the burdens of the heart melt deep

into accepting earth,

draining away with my tears into the ground.

Slowly, new life creeps up from the Mother,

infuses the cells of my body with vibrant life energy,

and replaces the pain with joy…

A prayer bursts forth with passion,

Crying to my Father above for release;

a prayer of hope,

a prayer of faith.

As I sit up, reborn from the water of the forest,

I give thanks with all my heart.

The Lord’s Prayer comes to my lips, not as a rote piece,

but full of meaning and life, color and depth…

… each phrase complete

each word from the heart.

I dip my hands into the blessed water

and wash my pain away.

A new life has begun.

~Darlisa~   3/21/05

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River ~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River
~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

Another Fire Sky Sunset in the Gorge!

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014.  CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints.  See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014. CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints. See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

 

I had a stupendous evening up on this hill in Washington not far from White Salmon, watching the sky flare up then fade back down.  Color lasted for over an hour in the clouds as though a magic wand had waved over them so they could hold the color.

A bit later, looking South at Mount Hood, colors were becoming more pastel

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.   CLICK ON PHOTO to see this one in the Photo Galleries

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.
CLICK ON PHOTO to see this one in the Photo Galleries

 

This last shot is a 3 frame panorama taken as the sunset was just getting going, earlier than the previous images.

This Panorama can be seen at better resolution or ordered as a print by CLICKING on the PHOTO

This Panorama can be seen at better resolution or ordered as a print by CLICKING on the PHOTO

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Thank you for coming to visit, and feel free to use the share buttons, my images are copyrighted and any use besides the share button must go through me first.

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Thursday Jan. 16 from 5-8 pm is a Community Business Fair in the event room at Skyline Hospital.  Admission is free, there will be food samples and raffles… come have fun if you are in the area!  Click on the poster below to go the Mt. Adams Chamber site for more information

2014 Business & Community Fair (1)

 

Twilight and Lennies

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Many times in life I have stood and watched as the sunset faded and twilight blue hour came on. And several of those times I have watched as cloud spun like whirling dervishes in the fading blue light as the stars began to peek out one by one.

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Eternal Cycles

Freezing rain coats every needle on the fir trees one cold January week in 2010

Freezing rain coats every needle on the fir trees one cold January week in 2010

Eternal Cycles

Crystalline beauty
of individually frosted Ponderosa Pine needles,
glistening in the low-lying winter sunlight;
A shimmering halo of pure light evoking a brief flash of thankful joy.

The light that is love divine, pure unadulterated bliss…

At that wondrous moment, life makes sense.
Life and death~ part of the eternal cycle~
and never an ending
without a new beginning.

The morning sun kisses the earth, brings renewal daily.
It is left for us to see the blessings
and take them as our own.
The gift is here, do we have the eyes to see,
the ears to hear?

Descending into the fog once more
I remember the sadness,
but my load is lighter.
Heart brims with thankfulness,
for the memory of joy.

Fog thickens,
lays in wisps and heavy blankets
over the forested hills and tilled fields.
Darkness consumes,
yet a glimpse of the gold edged trees
in the high valley
bring a reminder of better days.

Faith…
the light will return.
Light… pure love of Creator
for all creation…
and of all life for
it’s maker.
Be at peace.
~Darlisa 12/02/04

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Memories Spin in a Gust of Wind

This first photo was taken by my bro Larry Andreasen, also known as bobshots on Flickr.  Kind and gentle soul, he captured a feeling of timelessness here that I love about the lake.

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At times when the wind blows, it seems to pull me right out of my body and take me on a journey through life and time, as senses expand and tingle and scents from long ago drift by in full color.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio.  This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio. This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Before I got seriously into photography in about 2007, I wrote.. pages and pages of emotional processing after losing loved ones, interspersed with descriptions of the beauty around me.  Tonight  the mood returned for a bit.  If you are only here for the photography, now is the time to close the page and return to browsing.

This photo below is from around 1994-96.  Looking at it now, and then looking in the mirror I am surprised at the difference.  I keep thinking of cutting my hair off once again like I did back then, but now it would be half gray, with many more lines and wrinkles in the face and each wrinkle with a story behind it.  As to the hair, I wonder if the curls would return if it was short again.  Mom’s were…her hair was so pretty and silver curling around her laughing face. and her wrinkles were soft and full of love.   Funny how time slowly erodes us away.  Back when this photo was taken 20 years ago (oh gosh is it really 20?)  I even cared more how I look… now i just dress guerilla style, rough and tough, ready to be out in all conditions at any moment.  Forget to brush my hair some days and my clothes don’t always match.  At least my socks still do!

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96.  He passed away  on January 16, 1996. Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96. He passed away on January 16, 1996.
Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

 

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 I hear the wind whipping around outside tonight and feel the spirits dancing free, unhindered now by bodies that were failing. My mind seems to jump and spin as the clouds whip on by, and the moist air washes through my body as I breathe in deeply.  Perhaps if I step into that wind it might carry me far and wide to see the lands I dream of,  the friends I have only met online, and the places where the spirits dance and sing and pray to help guide us along our sometimes rocky way.

Peace be with you

always.

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Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza Gosh I miss that doggie!

Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza
Gosh I miss that doggie!

Larry Andreasen took the next two photos

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

and the darling daughter who makes my day when I hear her lovely voice

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo... the only one on the page that I took!

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo… the only one on the page that I took!

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Featuring a Photo Gallery

Click on this collage to see the page in my photo galleries

Click on this collage to see the page in my photo galleries

I have been adding and reorganizing my main photo gallery on SmugMug.  What do you think, does it flow well?  If you click on the photo above it will take you to a corresponding page in the Best Prints: Inspiring Light Gallery.  From there you can explore many more pages!  Many of these images are full of memories for me, driving somewhere at midnight to catch the Aurora, visiting friends, being late for work because of a rainbow… you get the idea.  I pour my heart and soul into my photography, and hope that the joy and awe present in that moment comes through in the image I create.

Prints can be purchased via the link above (the photo), but I also can create Metal Prints, Canvas Prints, Thin Wraps and Standouts.  I currently will be showing a 24×50″ triple panel image at local events.  For any of these, contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com, via the links under each image, or via the contact form below to ask about printing any of the images on any of these mediums.

In the previous post you will see information about a local community Business Fair in White Salmon, WA.  This next photo will take you to that post.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24".  You can read more about the event this will be displayed at locally by clicking on this image.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″. You can read more about the event this will be displayed at locally by clicking on this image.

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Exciting upcoming Event in White Salmon!

2014 Business & Community Fair (1)

 

I confess to never really being  a community organizer type, spending more of my time out in the woods and mountains taking photos to share, but I am so impressed with the new lively and fun team of ladies running the Mt. Adams Chamber now that it is a joy to jump on board and help where I can.

You can see the information page on the Chamber website for this event here, just click on this sentence. and it will open a window in a new tab on your browser. There will be 28 local businesses represented, as well as great local food and raffle prizes!  Please come join us for a fun filled Thursday evening, you can get your dinner right there from local restaurants and food cart folks!

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Starlisa Black Photography  will be set up there also with a display of the latest work, and  happy to meet more of you and talk local scenery.

Starlisa Black Photography: The Photographer, Darlisa Black, at Christine Falls

Click on this photo for my About the photographer page

 

(yep, that is me, Darlisa Black.  I grew up in Husum and White Salmon)

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HERE is the new Triptych image, printed on metal  and ready to hang.  It glows!  This will the first time I am hanging this new print anywhere.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24".  List price to purchase such a display of this or another image would be $690.00.  The metal prints are Brilliant color that last for generations, ready to hang, scratch resistant and washable with window cleaners.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″. List price to purchase such a display of this or another image would be $690.00. The metal prints are Brilliant color that last for generations, ready to hang, scratch resistant and washable with window cleaners.

 

I will also have a few books, calendars and cards at the Business Fair, as well as other large prints to display.   Come see us Thursday January 16th at Skyline Hospital downstairs!

On a Roll with the January Sunsets!

Tonight January 4th we had another lovely sunset in the PNW, and again I caught just the tail end going into twilight from White Salmon, Washington.  Here are tonight’s images!  Click on the image to see it bigger on my photo sharing site.  The previous post was another sunset in the Gorge on January 2, 2014.  It is already a good year!

 

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also regarding my calendars this year… I am out of both Mount Adams and The Gorge, but I still have desk Calendar and Fire Calendars.  You can see more about those and my coffee table books here, just click on the photo below:

Fire Calendar January

Fire Calendar January