Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away!

I had the opportunity to drive over Satus Pass and see some herds of Wild Horses, with nearly as many colts as adults. They are so beautiful to watch, and the herds were made up of all colors. What a great treat! My one zoom lens, an EF 55-250 IS just was not up to the challenge and the detail is not great on the shots… I had to crop them hard to show the horses big enough, but they are still worth seeing!
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This next two shots  brought back happy memories of childhood… my favorite book was The Black Stallion!  This might be a mare, I could not tell for sure at that distance.. but it really made me smile!

 

 

 

 

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And a zoom in on a colt with a mop top bristle of a mane, they were so adorable!

 

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WOW, HUH???

On the same day I also saw a Black Bear sniffing along after a Cinnamon Bear… I can guess what he wanted! She was PURTY! lol

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Then he noticed us watching from the road

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But his chosen Lady was calling his name and leaving scent for him

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So on down the hill he went after her

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After one more glance to be sure we were not coming any closer they both disappeared down into the draw

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We waited around for a few moments, and sure enough they came back up closer to us, but the Bitterbrush and Sage was so tall along the slope all we could see was the tops of their backs moving, until the big Black came to a Ponderosa Tree and stood up in the shelter of its branches to better see what we were up to.  When he threw himself back down I think the ground shook… his fur rippled heavily.  Needless to say we were staying right in by the truck ready to jump back in if necessary.

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It was also a lovely wildflower day, but I will save that for another post!  Thanks for looking, and PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO SHARE MY POST AND MY PAGE ON YOUR FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE PLUS, DROP ME A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW SO I CAN COME VISIT. I LOVE COMPANY!

Also check out the links in the sidebar for prints and calendars and books, and there is even a donation button for those who just enjoy seeing my work online and wish to help me be able to continue sharing. I would not EVEN be able to take all these photos or have sharing sites without the support of those who believed in me and helped me out to this point.My heart is full of gratitude!

 Thanks so much for your visit!

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Help one of our elders fulfill his dream!

Final hours to help this amazing elder of our country who has a dream of returning before he dies to the beached of Normandy where so long ago he and many others helped win a major war. This man is an Oregon legend, fishing like no one else and bringing his big grin to the hearts of many.
With all the friends and contacts I have if each of us even put in $1 or $5 or even $25 to help, we could make a real difference in his life with the help of Uncage the Soul Productions and Ben Canales
who has brought us the timelapse videos “Finding Oregon” and “Finding Portland”
this new project of these folks is a heartwarming one that can change the lives of others.

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With a grateful heart I salute you

Good morning To all my friends

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I have been pretty quiet lately haven’t I? It has been a sad and sweet week and I thought I would just share a little of it with you.

As you might realize I struggle along in life financially and in other ways and yet I still find beauty to share with others. My little 96 Nissan pick up is getting worn out and it is only because of the generosity of others that I have a good camera. People who believe in me have gifted me the cameras I use and the laptop on which I process my photos and order big pictures for selling and sharing. I believe in the goodness of people. That is what my mother taught me and it has true in my life.

This week has been full of evidence of that goodness. I got word that my last living Auntie is very near death in Utah. Family is very important to me and I really wanted to be there with her and her family. When my own parents each died family from Utah came here for their funerals and to support us. That is what family does. My older brothers and sisters are all unable to travel down there due to infirmity or distance. I am really really want to be a representation for our family and could not imagine how I could pull together the money to get down there.

To top it all off in the middle of this my little old laptop, which was a gift, crashed and burned. My ability to keep working on more pictures and orders was gone.

I told my story on Facebook and to people I saw in town and also Advertised a 40% off sale on all my images hanging at the White Salmon Community Library this month. All the money I had went into creating this show and before it a smaller show at our hospital.

By the way the hospital was the most wonderful place to have my pictures. My stated goal of bringing light and the healing of nature into people’s hearts to help them when times are hard was very successful. I got to witness people on their way in for appointments or visiting people who were sick or working there as doctors and nurses and custodians, as they stopped in their tracks, took a deep breath and relaxed while looking at the Images of nature.

Back to the story, I have been in Awe at the outpouring of encouragement and generosity of people both far and near. There have been people drive up from Portland to buy a book or picture, people in town have come to buy pictures for their office or home, and others far away have simply donated money. I now have enough to make the trip to Utah to see family. That alone means the world to me. I had planned on making a trip to see my daughter in Seattle and go to her concert, and she told me that one of us needed to go to Utah and I should take that money I was going to use to see her and go show our support for family. The last time I was on a plane must’ve been 20 or 30 years ago But I know my truck won’t be good for the trip so I’m getting brave.

Another miracle… People have been stepping up to offer their used computers to me, or their services in building a new computer when I get the money for parts.

Meanwhile my 40% off sale at the White Salmon Library will continue through the end of the week. If any of you are in the area and take a trip up the Gorge you should stop by!

I would like very much like to give a huge thank you To the community of White Salmon and beyond to people around the world for their support and help in times of need

If you would like to order something or help donate towards a computer there is a help bucket donation button in the sidebar of this page

Thank you all

Darlisa Black

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My daughter Leannan Sidhe and her Music Project

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Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter working on recording her second album of Original Music.  Her melodic tunes take on mystical and fairie like qualities, at times reminiscent of singers like Enya and other Celtic musicians.  She is also my daughter, and I am so proud of her!  She writes her own unique songs, based on stories of life.

Her first album sold well, and with help from an earlier Kickstarter Project she has made it mostly through recording on this second album, but does not have enough to finish Mastering and Duplicating the album.  By jumping in and pledging now, you will be prepaying for a copy of the music when it is finished, or depending on the level of pledge there are other prizes as well.

Please take the time to go listen to her title song on the link above, and come tell me what you think!

Thanks!

Darlisa

A Plea for Help for my Niece who is Ill and Broke Down Far from Home

a photo by my other niece Christee Kyte of My wonderful niece Erin Kyte Huerta,


and her husband Melecio drove up to Washington from Utah to visit my sister.  Both mother and daughter have very bad health problems but really needed to see each other.  Erin had just purchased a used car, and when they left here to travel back to Utah the van broke down in the Blue Mountains, and was towed from LaGrande, Oregon back to Pendleton where the van stayed at a shop.  The vehicle is supposedly under warrenty, but the company is really dragging their heels, insisting the van will have to be looked at by their own mechanics in Utah.  Erin had just enough to rent a car for a few days and come back to White Salmon to her mom’s house where we are struggling to find a way to get her back home before she loses her job.  Money is a huge issue… the mechanic in Pendleton wants $2000 to even begin work on the Transmission problem, and estimates $4000 to fix it. It is supposed to be under Warrenty but the warrenty company in Utah is refusing to honor it until the mechanic tears it apart to verify the problem.  Bus tickets are more than we can scrape up, and leave us with the problem of what to do with her dog as well as all her stuff.
THIS BLUE LINK GOES TO HER PAYPAL ACCOUNT WITH A DONATE PAGE…. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT YOU CAN CLICK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM FOR NON MEMBERS TO USE A CREDIT CARD

MY LOVELY NIECE ERIN IS ILL AND BROKE DOWN AND NEEDS HELP. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE DONATION PAGE FOR ERIN KYTE HUERTA

Erin is a youngster by my standards… only 36 years old, and has to wear Oxygen all the time and haul a condensor around with her everywhere she goes.  She has a disease called Pulmonary Hypertension, which she was told is Terminal… and so far she has been continuing to work at her job with a trucking company in Utah in order to make ends meet and keep a home. Being trapped here with the money used up is being very stressful!

So….. this is a plea.  If you can help her out at all the above donate button is linked directly to HER Paypal account (not mine) .  Also if you happen to be in the White Salmon area and would be interested in adopting a sweet but somewhat hyper young dog that is a cross between Black Lab and Border Collie, please contact us!  Erin’s email is hotrodcutie@gmail.com

and in her own words:
“I don’t like asking for money, but, in thiis case I really need all the help I can get. I decieded to make a trip to Washington to see my mom, family, friends, etc. And in the process of going home. My POS van broke down. I have a dog border collie-lab mix. Her name is Brandy. The only amount of money is just about the amount to get me on a bus. In which case I have to abandon my dog, in hopes to save my job and my husbands job. Yes, I do have pulmonary arterial hypertension. I have verry little energy as, this lung disease knock’s it right out of me. And with the stress of not knowing if I can get back to my job ok, has me with very little energy. Not to mention it is bad on my heart failure. If you can help, please do so. Anything will be appreciated. Thank you. ”

UPDATE:

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE DONATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN COMING IN!  SO FAR WE HAVE GOTTEN OVER $300, AND IT IS POSSIBLE WE MIGHT GET ENOUGH MONEY THEY CAN RENT A UHAUL AND DOLLY TO HAUL THE TRUCK BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP… THEY ONLY BOUGHT THE VAN 2 WEEKS AGO!

She Sings like a Nightingale!

My sweet Daughter Leannan Sidhe has been stretching her artistic wings in more ways than one the last few years. Last year she accomplished the recording of her first album of original music, as well as gotten her first published work, a short story in an anthology which can be found on the Fragile Dreams page. She also is an accomplished seamstress and created many of her own costumes. Leannan does beadwork, and is a lovely artist with pencil and watercolors as well, and can throw a great snowball to boot!

Now she is working on her second album of mostly original music, and the plan is to start recording this summer. You can hear samples of her music here

She is giving up her apartment and staying with me for awhile so she can put everything into this project. Here is where you come in! If you like to support young musicians and artists struggling to make it in this world, you can help through a website called Kickstarter which matches up people with projects with those who like to donate to such causes. I AM HAVING TROUBLE POSTING LINKS ON HERE BUT IF YOU CLICK ON HER LINK TO THE LEFT IN THE SIDEBAR YOU WILL FIND HER KICKSTARTER LINK THERE.

AFTER VIEWING, PLEASE CONSIDER A PLEDGE… SHE HAS 15 DAYS TO GATHER ANOTHER $1,005. THE WAY KICKSTARTER WORKS IS THAT IF THE GOAL IS NOT REACHED BY THE DEADLINE, THE ARTIST GETS NONE OF THE MONEY. NONE OF THE MONEY IS TAKEN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL THE END OF THE PROJECT, AND THERE ARE MANY TIERS OF DONATION LEVELS WITH BONUS PRIZES YOU WILL RECEIVE AS WELL. I HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO SEND ONE OF MY PHOTO CARDS TO THANK ANYONE WHO DONATES AT LEAST $15 OR MORE, AND MY 8 X 10 IMAGES ARE SOME OF THE PRIZES.

Leannan has been working with James Alexander Adams, who not only does all the recording studio work, but also sings with her on a few songs and plays several instruments on the first album.