2017 Solar Eclipse info Links

2017 Total Solar Eclipse info
Even here in southern Washington we will be in the range of 98% totality, which means that during the #Eclipse2017 #greatamericaneclipse it is still VERY dangerous to look at the sun without proper filtering glasses.
I know that the Goldendale Chamber Of Commerce has several pairs for sale for two dollars each. They may also available at the Dalles – Wasco county library and the White Salmon Community Library for free. I will be sharing some links here on the page for information about the eclipse coming up.

This website is where I got the map screenshot from and they sell 11 x 14 posters of this map. The site also has a ton of information relating to the eclipse! You can buy eclipse viewing glasses in bulk on this site great for schools and libraries etc.
>>>CLICK HERE for the website<<< greatamericaneclipse
They also have this handy book comes with two pairs of viewing glasses, $9.99 for the package

Traffic could be a real issue even on Highway 14 leading up to and following 21 August. Be prepared!
This article has excellent tips for important things to make sure you have in your car if you head into the areas of totality in Oregon or other places.
>>Click Here for 16 Essentials for your car<<

There are festivities planned in Goldendale, WA the 20th and 21st with viewing locations set up on the 21st, even though they are not in the path of totality they're close enough to the edge they will still get about 98% of the total eclipse.
Goldendale Chamber of Commerce

**Photographers need to know their camera also needs a filter or it can destroy the sensor.^**.
Here is an example of inexpensive filter you can purchase to create a filter to your lens.
Filter prices are climbing fast now as companies are running out of stock.

I've seen people take this filter and sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard a bit larger, with a circle slightly larger than your camera lens cut out for the filter. That cardboard holder can be clamped together around the edges with those folding paper clips for documents. It can then be glued to the end of a cardboard tubes slightly larger than your lens.
This makes it easy to remove for totality and put back on as soon as the light begins to return. Here is an example compliments of Jamie Hill Photography

Excellent iphone app if you plan to be inside the totality zone for the eclipse, complete with prompts and reminders for each stage of the event.
Solar Eclipse Timer by Gordon Telepun
And here is a video interview with Gordon Telepun with the breakdown on the different parts of the eclipse to watch for.

If you are simply unable to get to a place where you can witness the total Eclipse, there are people live streaming it with telescopes. Here is another iPhone app, but they're probably on a website too.

Total Solar Eclipse by Exploratorium

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Fire Department Holiday Parade

December 14, 2015 in Hood River, Oregon

I was driving thru town on my way home across the Columbia, when what did my wondering eyes appear but a sleigh, and 8 big fire department reindeer.  Ok, might not have been 8 exactly, and maybe the reindeer looked a lot like fire trucks, but you get the idea!  They were winding down the hill on old highway 30, so I pulled quickly into the park and ride on the corner of highway 35.  Much to my surprise, the little parade pulled in to the parking lot also, and parked for awhile, and I was able to take some photos.  Which was pretty cool because I had not felt much like taking photos lately!

Enjoy!

Grand Flying Adventure, Lady Washington from above!

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?

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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”.

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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.

Peace be with you!  Starlisa

Requiem of Ice

Friends have created this amazing video, “Requiem of Ice”.  Thank you to Ben Canales, John Waller and the others at Uncage the Soul Productions.

Experience a visual and narrative odyssey of the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states.
Produced, written, and directed 2014 by Uncage the Soul Productions uncagethesoul.com from Portland, Oregon.

For additional details and a photo gallery, visit uncagethesoul.com/news/requiem-of-ice/

To see the original video on Vimeo, click here:  Requiem of Ice on Vimeo

Well written article on this process here:  Article in Shred Hood 

This next video is documenting the process of making the first video!

Chelatchie Railroad

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It is that time of year again and the Chelatchie Railroad in SW Washington is no doubt busy taking tourists on fun rides on the trains… I highly recommend it!

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Thanks everyone for helping me get a show ready!

Thank you all for jumping in on this gallery show!

Thank you all for jumping in on this gallery show!

This was a real Win-Win situation I feel like… several of you got some killer awesome prints coming at barely above cost, and I got those prints to use for this gallery show!  I was too broke to go buy new prints, and this idea popped in during a moment of inspiration.

I will probably do this for another show sometimes!

 

Thanks everyone… and yes the sale is Done now except for those I have already discussed options with.

This weekend will be a 2 day market at the Grange in Trout Lake, Washington, too!  I am now planning to go set up a booth for the weekend.  It is also the annual Trout Lake Community Yard Sale to raise money for scholarships for kids and other community needs.

 

Be sure to check out the links in the sidebar when you have time, especially the galleries link!

Have a great weekend…

Starlisa

Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Mutton Race

These little cowboys and cowgirls toughed it up at the Rodeo with their own races, the Stick pony race and the Mutton Race. An earlier post shows the pics I got of the Stick pony race as well. What troopers!!! Once the Sheep were released with the kids on their backs, chaos ensued for a very short race, with a couple really determined kids who held on the longest.
If you are one of the parents, feel free to contact me below on the contact form which goes straight to my email.  If you click on a photo it gets larger, and if you click on it again it goes to the next photo.

Previous Post about the Stick Pony Races can be found by clicking here