Gentle Splash of Spring

Look closely for the refraction of another flower in the raindrop on this Daffodil
Fruit trees burst into bloom in the orchards

Fruit trees burst into bloom in the orchards

Pause, look around you, breathe in the delicious smells swirling through the Spring air as flowers pop open faster and faster everyday.  Color begins to paint the countryside and city gardens, forgotten flowers untended suddenly make their age old appearance on a cycle all their own, catching us by surprise and bringing gasps of delight. Gloomy doldrums slip away for the time being and life emerges from its Chrysalis once more as last years leaves become nutrient for this years Delight.

 

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Like flames of Red, dainty tulips open among the Narcissus

Like flames of Red, dainty tulips open among the Narcissus

 

red tulip like flame under a moon

Magical lands of moons and softness

 

Look closely for the refraction of another flower in the raindrop on this Daffodil

Look closely for the refraction of another flower in the raindrop on this Daffodil

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Wind, Sun, and Gratitude

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Wind, Sun, and Gratitude

Letting the winds of Life dance around me
like whirling Dervishes,
my roots reach deep into the
earth’s mysteries
and songs,
while my arms,
like branches,
reach with joy into the sun filled
heavens above.

Longing swims the same channels
through my veins
as Gratitude,
connecting the heavens above
and earth below.
Humbly I bow my head
and give thanks
For this day, this gift of life
and memory
and dreams.

~ Darlisa
3/23/2014

Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl

Great Horned Owl at twilight in an old tree
Great Horned Owl over my head in the tree

Great Horned Owl over my head in the tree

When I was a teenager, we had a clump of Ponderosa Pines in our backyard in Husum, Washington. On occasion several huge Great Horned owls would land in the trees, hooting back and forth at each other in the dark of night. I would stand out in the middle of the clump of trees and mimic their call back at them as best I could, and they seemed to respond. My friends and adopted family among various tribes have some strong taboos about Owl, as a messanger of death, but my friends from the Celtic and Pagan traditions see them as a bird of honor. Nowadays we are all used to Harry Potter and his Owl that carried messages for him.

This week I was blessed once again to stand in a grove of trees in Oregon at twilight watching Great Horned Owls, and it nourished my spirit. I was able to capture a few shots, although they are not high quality due to the low light levels at the time.   I hope you enjoy them with me!!

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

I am proving several links here to videos and information about Owls, just click on any of these links to learn more!
CLICK HERE for a video with an owl in a Raptor show, a short film

CLICK THIS LINK for an hour long video on Owls by National Geographic this one is fantastic in usual National Geographic style

You can also read more about Owls in Wikipedia in this link

This amazing page contains short myths of Owls from many traditions in the world

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Here are more Owls I have caught on camera over the years:

Barred Owl near Mount Adams

Barred Owl near Mount Adams

Barred Owl near Mount Adams

Barred Owl near Mount Adams

 

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Barred Owl in Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Packwood, Washington

Barred Owl in Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Packwood, Washington  

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Great Horned Owl at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon

Great Horned Owl at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon

One Day’s Adventures, Glenwood and Beyond

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

These images are linked to my best photo galleries, if you click on them you will see these and many more images available for purchasing and sharing on social media with your friends (by using the share buttons under the images) They tell the story of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 up in the high Prairies around Glenwood, Washington.

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A day that started with a meeting in Glenwood led to all day of wandering through the mountains and along the Klickitat River, then back home through Glenwood along Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  A day of recharging and serenity and beauty. I wanted to share some of that with you!  It started out with misty fog over the flooded fields of Camas Praire near Glenwood.

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

There was only a sign that said no Hunting… so I wandered down the road.  after a bit along came a truck full of ranchers (Kreps Ranch owns much of this area) asking me what I was up to… I showed my pics and explained I had not seen any No Trespassing signs and thought this was part of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge which covers much of the flooded fields.  He was sure there was a sign, but I checked again on the way out and there was not.  I asked him if I could make it up to him with a picture and he thought that might work just fine 🙂  and gave me his email.   I also asked him if it were possible to get official permission to be in here, and he said maybe after March, as they have business this month and don’t want people in there .

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Ranching road disappears into the flooded fields on the Kreps Ranch near Glenwood, Washington. Mount Adams stands tall over Conboy Lake NWR

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Mount Adams shines in the lovely morning light as fog lifts off the seasonal lake

Since I already had my pics and needed to get on to the meeting (I was now quite late, but the light had grabbed me!)  I walked on back to my truck and headed down the road.

As the day went on, these are some of the treasures I found.

Grandmother Aspen tree surrounded by babies, slender white trees in winter dancing around an old aspen with many Eye shaped scars on the trunk.  ~ "I've Got My Eye on You! ~ photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

“I’ve Got My Eye on You! ~ Grandmother Aspen with all the babies

Aspen Saplings in Snow photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Saplings in Snow

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight ~ Photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Glenwood Barns, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Glenwood Barns

Glenwood Barns and flooded fields, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

barns and flooded fields, Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

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Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington.

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It was a really grand day, thank you for coming to share it with me!
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Dreaming on a gray day

Today the fog and rain are thick in the Columbia River Gorge, so I thought I would revisit a much loved summer place, only open about 3 months a year. Accessible from Trout Lake, Washington, this portion of the Mount Adams Wilderness was returned to the Yakama Nation in 1972 as part of the Handshake treaty. Referred to as Tract D, this portion of the reservation is still open to the public for camping, hiking and fishing. Tract D includes Bird Creek Meadows, Bench Lake, Mirror Lake, Bird Lake. These 3 lakes each have campgroundsalong the shores, and a 4th lake, Bluff Lake, is accessible by trail from Bird Lake. Tribal rangers stay onsite during the short season and often speak to groups of boy scouts or other groups about tribal history and the location.

The featured image above is Bluff Lake, while the images below are Bench Lake and Bird Creek Meadows with Mount Adams

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Calm Morning on the Columbia River at the National Fish Hatchery

My nephew called me this morning with a heads up about lovely sunlight coming under the fog on the Columbia near The mouth of the White Salmon River. Being the night Owl that I am, I was not yet ready for the day. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my camera, and drove down the hill to explore. While I did get a few intriguing fog shots with my big camera, this post is all iPhone shots from a little later in the morning I wandered on down to the Spring Creek national fish hatchery just west of the White Salmon River, and found some lovely reflections.

A little bit about the local fish hatcheries: there are three of America’s national fish hatcheries in our area along the Columbia River. Carson national fish hatchery roughly 20 miles to the west on the Wind River; the Little White Salmon/Willard national fish hatchery complex roughly 8 miles west on the Little White Salmon River; and this one in Underwood near the mouth of the White Salmon River.

By the way, the fall Chinook Salmon babies are swimming around in the pool getting strong enough to make their journey to the ocean. They’re so bright and shiny, a joy to watch. I stared, mesmerized, at their TV screen displaying the underwater antics of the tiny fish. I learned there is a very large population expected to return to the Little White Salmon fish hatchery this year
The area around this local hatchery is a beautiful place to visit. Not only is the visitor center itself a beautiful place, but there is a park along the road into the center that is heavily used by windsurfers seasonally, and is very empty this time of year and peaceful. Today the river was amazingly calm with clouds and sun coming and going. I was blessed with a phone call from my daughter in Seattle and she kept me company as I took pictures.

As I said earlier all these pictures are from the iPhone 4S using primarily the ProHDR app for shooting, and the Snapseed App, and the A+ signature app for processing. This entire post was shot, written, designed and posted at The Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, a place worth visiting.

I hope you enjoy! I certainly enjoyed creating this for you
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