Bald Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge

Bald Eagles in a strong wind, in a snag along the Columbia River near Lyle, Washington.  Photo by Darlisa Black, of Starlisa Black Photography.  February, 2014

Bald Eagles in a strong wind, in a snag along the Columbia River near Lyle, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black, of Starlisa Black Photography. February, 2014.  Click on this image to see in my fine art galleries or to Order Prints.  

 

Some information from Wikipedia

“The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalushali = sea, aeetus = eagleleuco= white, cephalis = head) is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largestnest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1short tons) in weight.[2] Sexual maturity is attained at the age of four to five years.

Bald Eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. The beak is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle appears on its Seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. Populations recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007.”

There are now more overwintering Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington and it is a delight to count as many as 40-50 Eagles in a day on occasion.

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Saturday Night Sunset Chase

After another beautiful day on February 22 with Lennies over the Gorge and puffy white clouds in blue sky, I made an impulsive decision at sunset to drive north towards Glenwood. I started a little later than I should, and made it to the edge of Conboy Lake national wildlife refuge just at the peak of sunset on lenticular clouds over the valley. The sunset Panorama in the featured image is four vertical shots stitched in Photoshop. The blue-and-white shots are at this point just iPhone shots as I have not yet processed more then these two sunset shots from my big camera. After sunset I made a loop through Trout lake to see my brother Roger and sil Connie, and then a stop in Husum to read bedtime stories to some of my great nieces. What a great way to tie up my evening! Then on home to process a couple pictures and watch some of the Olympic skaters and skiers with my sister before helping her to bed.

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Horsethief Butte, Lake, and Lennies :-)

What a day for a daydream… la la la!   This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14.  Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three.  Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.

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A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art

A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art images

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I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte.  Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating

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Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors

Horsethief-Butte_Lennies_4862-4  Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport.  Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport. Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

Horsethief-Butte_Lennies_4877-6  Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport.

Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport. This image available for purchase as prints  in my photo galleries, just Click on the image to learn more.  Also, It would make a great Metal print, gallery quality. Contact me for options.

To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.

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This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months.   Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body!   Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..

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Horsethief Butte and Lennies

This evening was delightful. I followed the light for the first time in a while, and it led me east to Horsethief Lake and the Butte. Beautiful clouds were on display, and golden light danced on the Butte before sunset. These are all iPhone shots, and I will no doubt do another post later after I do some processing. I’m still sitting in a rest area on my way home making this post to share with you all 🙂

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Seasonal Waterfalls and Grass Widows

This time of year is such a joy after the dark times to have the light, and with it the earliest of flowers and the waterfalls that Grace cliffs of the gorge. Grass windows bloom even as the snow melts along the mossy seasonally wet plateaus in the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge bordering Washington and Oregon. Snowdrops poke their heads out under the snow in local gardens, and heavy rains bring everything to life.

Most of these images except this top featured image of Snowdrops are all iPhone shots.

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King of the Mountain and other Snow images

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Climbing to the top

boy stands tall at the top of a pile of snow, King of the mountain!

King of the Mountain!

king dethroned.. one slip of the foot and down goes the boy on the snow.

one slip of the foot, King dethroned

boy hides in snowy tree, but his coat shows through the branches

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The Hills above town

The Hills above town

Snow covered trees on the hill above town

Snow covered trees on the hill above town

When the sun comes out, the trees and snow light up.

When the sun comes out, the trees and snow light up.

 

Other images around town on Feb. 10th before the rain moved in and temps soared and things got messy!

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A Winter’s Day in White Salmon

Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Husum Falls on the White Salmon River in Winter, February 8, 2014. The water under the falls was very green where the water was deep and churned up by the falls.    HusumFalls-winter_3205-2

Husum Falls on the White Salmon River in Winter, February 8, 2014. The water under the falls was very green where the water was deep and churned up by the falls.

February 9. 2014
Third day of shoveling, the snow has changed as temperatures warm above the low teens where they have been recently. Each shovelful is much more significant, and heavy. Above freezing for a while midday, it was much more pleasant also to walk around and enjoy the view. Most of these images are from today, I hope you enjoy.

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Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Magnificent Ice Formations

Weeping Wall drips with ice at Bonneville Hotsprings resort on February 5, 2014

A day at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort with my friend Cheryl brought wonderful much-needed muscle relaxation, and photo opportunities before the visit to the resort.  This lovely weeping wall covered with ice caught my attention on the way in, and called for a pause for taking pictures.

A Weeping Wall created fanciful shapes of ice at Bonneville Hotsprings resort on February 5, 2014

A Weeping Wall created fanciful shapes of ice at Bonneville Hotsprings resort on February 5, 2014

 

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hotsprings resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hot springs resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hotsprings resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hot Springs resort covers every nearby surface with long spears of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hotsprings resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hot Springs resort covers every nearby surface with long delicate spears of ice on February 5, 2014

 

 

 

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hotsprings resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hot Springs resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules and long delicate spears of ice on February 5, 2014

 

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hotsprings resort covers every nearby surface with rounded shimmery borbules of ice on February 5, 2014

Ice from the Weeping wall at Bonneville Hot Springs resort covers every nearby surface with long spears of ice on February 5, 2014

Tonight in White Salmon we have 4-6 inches of snow and still coming down, so now the ice will be all covered with little caps of snow!  I must go do some shoveling now… sigh.  My sister has to get out for Dialysis in the morning, and cannot miss that.

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Random Bits of Pink

Fiery pink, orange and purple sunset over Sleeping Beauty and the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve

I just felt like some COLOR was appropriate, rich vibrant color to counteract the Ice and bitter wind outside. A friend treated me tonight to an amazing day at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, and tonight coming home was the coldest it has been in awhile. So, for all of you anxious for warmer and brighter weather, I present PINK!

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.  CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MY BEST IMAGE GALLERIES OR TO BUY PRINTS

 

"Sunrise Glory above the Fog" is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog. This Triptych has been printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24".    For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.    CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

“Sunrise Glory above the Fog” is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog.
This image has been printed as a three panel split on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″. For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.
CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

 

Grass Widows at Catherine Creek

Last year on January 30… wonder if they are back!

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