Redbuds, Blue Jays, and Joy

Spring is such a wondrous time of year. The sap begins to flow again in people as well as trees. Spirits lift, even spring storms become magnificent paintings instead of drudgery. I wake in the morning to the sounds of joyful birds and a smile on my face knowing that greens are returning via new leaves and buds; and colors will once again be painted into the landscape.

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Thank you!

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Dinnertime with the Blue Heron

I had a lovely peaceful day recently beside Rowland Lake along Highway 14 between Bingen and Lyle, Washington.  The lake was stocked with fish that morning, and the ospreys and herons were eating good.  Click on the first photo, and then use side arrows to see all images larger.

Glenwood

Glenwood, Washington is about to be swamped by 2000 bicyclists Sunday, September 6, and town will be buzzing all day with riders, booths, Native artist ready to share drawings, my photography, Indian Tacos, Music and more.  A Tent City is being set up to house the riders overnight with their own view of Mount Adams.  This is a Cycle Oregon event, with a side trip overnight into Washington before heading back south into Oregon, part of a 7 day ride mostly in Oregon.

I will be setting up a small booth, but mostly I want to get out and get photos of the event!

Here are a few new photos of the Glenwood area, including Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge, some Sandhill Cranes,

Also a reminder, if you are local, stop by the Library Tuesday night Sept 9 for the open house 6:00-9:00 PM

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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!!

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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

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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Osprey Guarding their nest

this week I spent some time close by an Osprey nest, and they were not too happy about that. One kept flying over me… and I could see a youngster in the nest still not quite ready to fly. Here are a few photos to share of that!

 

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