February 16 sunset

Well the sky was wild tonight!  In between the call that let me know my sis was going to the ER again this week after Dialysis with super low blood pressure, and the trip to Hood River to pick her up after she stabilized again, the sky exploded.  I took a few minutes to run to the nearby bluff and catch a few shots, and then headed to the hospital to pick her up.  They just had to give her a bit of time for her heart rate to pick back up again, she is back on track once more.

These are straight out of the camera… no processing…  and I had the camera set on standard settings, no extra color boost or contrast.

Click on the first photo, and use the right and left arrows to see them all large size.

While I do not yet have any of tonights sunset ready to print, I do have some other amazing sunsets and other images in my galleries, which you can reach from the menu at the top of the sidebar, or by clicking on this last image which is part of a display on the wall at Solstice Wood FIred Cafe in Hood River, Oregon .

Click on this image:

Mackerel Sky Sunset over the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Bridge

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Fall color, 2014 and from the Archives

Pure and simple… a gallery of many fall color images; some I just took and some I am rediscovering in the archives.
My recent show at the Library is over and done, although a glass case display remains through October.  On October 14 I will be installing many new images on metal at Mugs Coffee in Bingen, WA for the Fall season, a few from this gallery along with others will be on display.

To see many of my best images, browse my SmugMug galleries on my primary website here

Thank you for your visit!  Sharing buttons are below the post, feel free to like me on Facebook and other such places.

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

Three Prints for the Show spoken for!

So far these three images have been spoken for at the 50% off sale, they will all be in the Gallery Show at the White Salmon Library for the month of September and then shipped out to the people buying them at the end of that show.  Hurray!~  Still could use a few more for this show or for the next show at Mugs Coffee in Bingen so if you are interested in a half price Metal print (or thin wrap or canvas) check out this previous post with the details.

By the way the featured image of Lower Falls on the Lewis River is also available on the sale 🙂

Click on this blue link for more information

Opportunity for GREAT savings on Large Prints!

Here are the three images spoken for at this point

Big Spring Creek Falls

Big Spring Creek Falls This image spoken for by Sheila Moore Reynolds, and it will be a 20 x 30″ Metal print and I am excited about this one! Thank you Sheila

 

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Glory Above This image will be on Metal as well, at a size of 16 x 24″ inches, and big thanks to Marion Wyman who will be the new owner of this lovely image of a scene full of memories for this wonderful retired teacher.

 

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Naturally Framed ALso going to be a Metal print, size 24 x 36″! How exciting to have one so big for the show! Thank you to Greta Dayley, who will be the new owner of this image!

Sun over Fog, Columbia Gorge in December

Hi folks!  I have been working hard on a big project for information in the Columbia River Gorge and Klickitat County, Washington, and will give you a peek at the process soon.  Meanwhile here is a multi frame stitched Panorama view of the Fog blanket in the Columbia River Gorge December of 2013… it was remarkable.

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this was the same morning as the large metal Triptych currently hanging on display in Hood River, Oregon at Boda’s Kitchen

Currently hanging as a Triptych (3 metal panels each one 16 x 24") with this image spread across all three panels.  More information on Triptychs and clusters can be found by clicking on the link below this image.  Clicking on the  image itself will take you to the image in my galleries.

Currently hanging as a Triptych (3 metal panels each one 16 x 24″) with this image spread across all three panels. More information on Triptychs and clusters can be found by clicking on the link below this image. Clicking on the image itself will take you to the image in my galleries.

Here is the link to the information on Triptychs, Clusters and Splits.  This is also in the Menu to the right.

You can also see the example hanging at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, link above.

 

Current Events May 20

CURRENT EVENTS:

1.  Ongoing Gallery Show of my work,  mostly on Metal Prints, at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon, a lovely little Deli right at 404 Oak Street,  downtown. 

 

2.   Leannan Sidhe’s Music ,  My sweet daughter!

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter and her music is often described as Celtic style, Fairy music, or even “Enya like”  You can hear her first album in the sidebar music player on this website, or hear and purchase her newest album on this link

NEWEST ALBUM:       Leannan Sidhe “Mine to Love”

Her first album is available at this link

FIRST ALBUM:        Leannan Sidhe “Fragile Dreams”

3.     My images being used in local papers:    The Weekender, an annual insert in The Enterprise in White Salmon will use this image to reference the Museum in Bingen.  Clicking on the image will take you to the Gorge Heritage Museum websiteBingenMuseum_SunriseLightningStorm_5886

 

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THANK YOU FOR COMING BY!  As always, please do check out my Galleries in the sidebar menu near the top to see many of my best images.  You will see a group of albums, each with several images.  The Biggest and Best album, “Best Prints:  Inspiring Light” can be reached directly by clicking on this photo link below.

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

 

 

Travels with Leannan Sidhe, and Current Events

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014
Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

I was so thrilled to be able to make a trip with my daughter as she performed at Glastonbury Renaissance Faire at the Port of Toledo just outside Newport, Oregon.  Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter and her music is often described as Celtic style, Fairy music, or even “Enya like”  You can hear her first album in the sidebar music player on this website, or hear and purchase her newest album on this link

NEWEST ALBUM:       Leannan Sidhe “Mine to Love”

Her first album is available at this link

FIRST ALBUM:        Leannan Sidhe “Fragile Dreams”

 

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti  at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

 

After the weekend event, Leannan Sidhe and I got to play on the beach for a couple of days before continuing home.    I am sure as time goes on I will have many more beach and Faire images to share, after I catch up on the pile of work waiting!

"Dancing Fairy Child"  Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach  at Oceanside, Oregon

“Dancing Fairy Child” Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach at Oceanside, Oregon

Leannan Sidhe at the Oregon Coast

Leannan Sidhe at the Oregon Coast

CURRENT EVENTS:

1.    Healing For Thomas:  Local Benefit Concert May 17th in Trout Lake, WA  for a remarkable heartwarming Trout Lake man, crippled in body by a farming accident.  More information can be found in these links:

          A.   Poster in a Google Document:   PDF Poster for Benefit Concert Event May 17th in Trout Lake  

          B.  GoFundMe video and information  

          C.  Facebook Event:  Healing for Thomas benefit concert event May 17, 2017, 4-8 pm at the Trout Lake School in Trout Lake, WA

       2.   ROUND #3 of Art For Oso Photography Auction Running MAY 16-May 19 AT 9:00 PM ( Pacific Standard Time), with nearly 100 lovely images on various mediums available for bidding!  All proceeds goes into a local Arlington non-profit fund set up to help both families and first responders following the #530slide, a landslide that took the lives of at least 41 people around Darrington and Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014.    This is entirely a Facebook run auction. You can learn more by CLICKING HERE to read this document if you are interested 

       3.  Ongoing Gallery Show of my work,  mostly on Metal Prints, at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon, a lovely little Deli right at 404 Oak Street,  downtown. 

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING BY!  As always, please do check out my Galleries in the sidebar menu near the top to see many of my best images.  You will see a group of albums, each with several images.  The first album, “Best Prints:  Inspiring Light” can be reached directly by clicking on this photo link below.

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

 

A WILD RIDE! Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser,

Fruit trees burst into bloom in the orchards

Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser

#530slidephotographyauction

We are on round 2 of a Facebook based Photography Auction Fundraiser to benefit the mudslide recovery process in Oso and Darrington, Washington.  This fast growing grassroots event started by Justin Kraemer on Facebook, has grown to a group of over 850 in a few days with other volunteers stepping up to the plate very quickly to help organize and do behind the scenes data entry.  Round one started as a Facebook event, with 170 photos donated by many people in the area, and accumulated bids of $8,500. 100% of proceeds were donated directly into the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund set up for mudslide relief in the local Arlington Bank. (link below)

Round two is Group based fundraising effort on Facebook for better tracking and control, called Art For Oso,and can be found in a link below called Art For Oso Group page.  We now have many high end Pro Photographers from the Pacific Northwest that have been donating to both rounds, like Aaron Reed in the first round, and Gary Randall and Kevin McNeal in this round.  and myself of course 😉  and about 140 prints to sell of great quality.

BIDDING STARTS TONIGHT APRIL 4 AT 7 PM PST,  AND RUNS THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 7 UNTIL 9 PM PST

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This post in the group will give you more information, and is good for sharing on your facebook page to reach out to othersFacebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Group page Link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/artforoso/

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This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators.

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CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM!  This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM! This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

Thank you,  volunteer staff member Darlisa Black  darlisa.may@gmail.com

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~       Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black,     Starlisa Black Photography

Meandering Visions of Joyous Solidarity, and Appreciation for Helpful Hints.

large rainbow seen over the Columbia River from White Salmon, with one end touching the stone outcropping near Hood River called Guardian of the Gorge.

NOW if you just want to skip to the stuff about where is the Art For Oso fundraiser auction and gorgeous photos you can bid on, slide on down the page to the link section.  🙂  I won’t be offended if you skip my ramblings

This has been an incredible grassroots explosion of caring, thanks to the dream of Justin Kramer and his wife.   Along the way they collected volunteers so saw the dream and wanted to help.  We are all learning as we go!  As of April 4,2014,  Photos for the Auction for Oso have been reviewed to be sure they are of printing quality suitable for an Art auction. Getting that balance between quality art and community spirit is a big challenge! I am plum worn out from soothing ruffled feathers and making decisions. (Wednesday night) and then Rejuvenated Thursday watching it all come back together with a Joyful dance as artists met each other and discovered beauty everywhere aimed at helping make life a little bit easier for the folks in Oso and Darrington area. Along the way came many lessons.

Having been an artist of one form or another all my life, I learned long ago to have a thick skin about constructive criticism… but I slip now and then 😉 However there are many people who take it VERY personally… and if you are one of those, submitting in an event like this is not always easy or even wise unless you learn to NOT take it personally. The pointers from the review committees can be extremely valuable learning tools if you listen instead of react. Photographers who have been doing this a long time don’t always have patience for an obviously or even slightly crooked horizon for example, when that can be so easily fixed even with Picasa or Lightroom. Learning to deal with rejection and criticism is something artists and writers have always had to deal with as well… but a writer who is passionate about their dream learns to bite their tongue, stack up those rejection slips and keep on writing, improving as they go. Passionate Photographers grab their cameras and head back out there in the rain and try a different angle and catch a rainbow, or learn something about a program that will help them process photos more effectively to bring out the beauty the camera seldom captures all alone. I don’t get it when someone tells me “but I can’t do what you do”, because I wasn’t able to either, but I kept trying and trying. My Dad used to say “I Can’t is a slugger too lazy to try”. He also said, “Show me someone who never made a mistake and I will show you someone who never did a darn thing!”. DON’T let not knowing stop you! You can weave together a miracle out of moonlight and spider webs, with enough passion and hard work! I studied popular photos on Flickr and other places to train my eye to see what works visually and grabs people’s attention, and I STILL consider myself to be a rank amateur in comparison to some of the amazing photographers out there I admire so much.

Ok, that was my download rant after this remarkable couple days. Never give up. never just get hurt at someones opinion… see if there is something in there that can benefit you and then throw the rest out. Your value does not depend on someone elses opinion, but you might be able to learn something because of that opinion. It is up to each of us how we take such things, what we do with them.

For myself, today made it all worthwhile, watching the coalescence of stars form into galaxies of great beauty that will become treasured Prints upon an appreciative new owner’s wall… even while hope becomes a strand in a rope built of caring and sharing that will become mightier than we even know. A rope that will pull the dreams back out of the mud in Oso and put education back into lives and feed the hard-working souls working to rebuild.
Yes, I am grateful to be here right now. Thank you for sharing it all with me.

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This auction is the second  Facebook fundraiser by Justin in two weeks , all of it for the rebuilding and recovery efforts taking place in Oso and Darrington area of Washington State following a terrifying mudslide that has left way too many homes and lives destroyed.  The first fundraiser, ending less that a week ago, collected $8,500 in bids!   ALL money, 100% of what is gathered, is going into the Cascade Valley Hospital Fund set up in a bank in Arlington, where it all will be going right back into the communities ravaged by the 530 mudslide that buried Oso, Washington.  These links will open  in a new tab

 This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators. 

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

 

ALSO if you are wanting to skip the whole Auction bidding thing, don’t want a picture anyway… you can donate DIRECTLY to that fund via the link just above.  It is all about donating to our Washington neighbors in need! 

#OsoStrong #530slide #530slidephotographyauction

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Bidding at the online Auction on Facebook will begin Friday April 4th @ 7:00 pm PST and will continue for a week.  An incredible collection of images, many from some of the Pacific Northwest stars among photographers, will be available for your bidding pleasure!  Click on either of the following images to see them in the album available, OR:

click on this link to go directly to the group page where you can JOIN the group and be able to bid on the images. 

Facebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington

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If you are already IN the Art for Oso group and just want an easy LINK TO THE GROUP PHOTO ALBUM TO GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF BIDDING, just CLICK on this sentence in blue to go directly to photo album full of  Treasures of great beauty!!!  

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Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

 

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black

Starlisa Black Photography