Many of us have lost so many loved ones already this year, and it brings with it an occasional melancholy that can also be the doorway to good memories. Today, processing photos from my archives, I ran across this set of images I took at a dear friends home in the White Salmon area. Sharon has passed away but I could feel her delight in nature and photography as I looked at these images of the Buddha statue in her yard. Therefore, I will share these for the first time publicly in memory of Sharon McCormack, and in sincere empathy with all who have lost those we hold close. Strong personal beliefs and experiences have shown me that life continues beyond death as we know it, and our loved ones are not truly lost to us. My brother Dennis (died 1-24-18 age 79), sister Nora (died 12-13-16 age 82) and many others are but a thought and a memory away, and it is my belief I will see them again.
May you each find peace and comfort in remembering the lives of your own loved ones, and feel their love for you eternally.
Buddha in Snow, in memory of Loved Ones.
Clicking on these photos should open a new tab where you can see the higher quality image in my SmugMug photo galleries.
(The divine within me sees and honors the divine within you)
This was Saturday afternoon 11/05/16 near Anchor Point, Alaska on the southern Kenai Peninsula, where I nearly got covered with hail at Whiskey Beach. Slideshow with music is posted on the blog post. I wanted to stay and watch it happen and then I looked at the hill I had to drive up to get out of there. It’s a very very steep windy road already getting white, and I was not at all sure of the van in the icy conditions. Good thing, because by the time I was driving on the highway’s they were solid white and getting slick with about a half inch of hail. Next morning I discovered all the hail balls were perfectly preserved in the freezing temperatures 😀😳
I am working at a local museum now, the Gorge Heritage Museum in Bingen, Washington. Today I had a local visitor and his mother who brought 3 fossilized teeth in to show me. They are hoping to identify what the teeth may be. I am guessing Bovine style from the looks, but presumably much older than cows. They are also quite large. Fascinating! I really enjoyed looking at them and holding their heavy smooth weight in my hands. Here are photos in case anyone has a lead for me!
My heart goes out to the victims families in #Paris, in #Lebanon, in #Syria, , #Pakistan , #Behrain, and in so many other countries in this sad time. Many of us on this side of the world are most familiar with Paris, and we hurt for them following this attack 11-13-2015. Many more in other countries (such as in Lebanon on 11-12-15) have been killed by terrorists, so many more have become refugees. Huge numbers of refugees are turned away daily from borders around the world; desperate for a place to lay down and be safe.
I have tried hard to keep on adding positive compassionate loving energy into this world, but beyond that I really cannot say I have done anything to change the tide or help. So hard to not feel helpless, and so many in the world seem to want to blame and hate all those who are different. So many Muslims have been suffering at the hands of a few, just as those same few brought great pain to Paris.
At the same time, there is that underlying fear… what if it comes to us, and who can we trust anymore? Mother taught me that everyone has a spark of the Divine with them, just that some people forget and we can help them remember they are good people, by being kind to them.
These are but a few of the Flags of countries currently suffering.
Starting in the upper left hand corner, and moving
clockwise to the right:
#Myanmar (used to be Burma) (upper left)
#Afghaniston (upper right)
#Bahrain (red and white, zigzag)
#France (blue, white and red bars)
#PanArab (Flag of the Arab Revolt) (lower right)
#Syria (bottom left)
#Iraq (above Syria)
#Pakistan (white crescent moon and star on green)
For the “Super Blood Moon” event I went with my friend Gary up on Dalles Mountain in hopes of seeing more of the moon coming over the horizon. In hindsite, I am not certain that was quite the case, but it was still a lovely night. Many people were out on the roads last night flocking to favorite locations in hopes of getting “the shot” or seeing what may for some of us be a once in a lifetime experience.
Having watched several lunar eclipses over the years, still it was really different seeing the moon become eclipsed as it was rising over distant hills as the sun set and twilight came on.
Here are a few images, each with its own time stamp. Hope you enjoy!
I got blessed this week to be able to FLY over my home turf, a new experience for me! Can you tell I am still thrilled?
There is a wonderful pilot tour and training company in Hood River, Oregon called Classic Wings Aero Service (if you click on that blue name it will open a new page for their website). Scott took me up on an exhilarating tour over the Lady Washington, a tall ship that starred as the British ship the Interceptor in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
She ( the Lady) was sailing near Hood River, Oregon on one of her stops along the Columbia River as part of her educational tours. Sailed with a largely volunteer crew, the tours allow time for dockside tours (by donation); they also do evening sails in many ports, with tickets costing only $35.00 for a couple hours on the river on this historical replica. As you can see by all the people on board, the sails are popular! Click on the blue link Lady Washington for their official website.
Here are a few detail shots from the tall ship
Meanwhile back on the small plane, up and away we went, circling back and forth across the Columbia River. Scott seemed to know instinctively what I would find fascinating to shoot, and making sure to position the plane in various angles to the subjects, including Lady Washington. What a joy, an exhilarating feeling being far above the hustle and bustle of towns and cars and people; all the cares of the world fade away and there is only the moment. If you get an opportunity, save up for a tour with these folks in Hood River, Oregon called Classic Wings Aero Service (if you click on that blue name it will open a new page for their website).
Here are a few more photos from above, all cell phone shots… and I will be doing a second post later with more images from the big camera.
Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful that this fire was kept from spreading to my brother’s house and garage, and that no one was hurt, not even the chickens!
Our awesome local firefighters came to the rescue last night, and although the fire at my brother’s (Boyce Black) turned out to be just the Chicken Coop, the chickens survived by escaping to the pen in back (so you are stuck with the Turkeys for dinner today). The coop burned up but they kept it from spreading to the very nearby shop/garage. The event was extremely well attended, there were so many flashing lights it looked like a circus! Young firefighters in training had the opportunity to practice their skills and learn more things. THank you to all of you for your hard work and fast response, and thank you to some neighbors who called it in. No one was home at the time. It is theorized the fire started from a light on an extension cord left on to keep the chickens warm.
starting November 13 in the morning with a drive to Husum and photos of the White Salmon River; a few shots along the way of orchards that still have many green leaves dusted in snow; photos of the White Salmon Post office around noon; and ending with a few photos taken November 14th in the morning in White Salmon, Washington.
These are images are unprocessed, other than resizing for web and the addition of my watermark. They still have dust bunnies and all! Later I will choose the best ones to process further and add to my website at www.starlisa.net with my best photos.