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

 

 

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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

 

Memories Spin in a Gust of Wind

This first photo was taken by my bro Larry Andreasen, also known as bobshots on Flickr.  Kind and gentle soul, he captured a feeling of timelessness here that I love about the lake.

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At times when the wind blows, it seems to pull me right out of my body and take me on a journey through life and time, as senses expand and tingle and scents from long ago drift by in full color.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio.  This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Myself out in the fields of flowers with my old dog Rio. This photo was taken by my good friend Janice Lorentz.

Before I got seriously into photography in about 2007, I wrote.. pages and pages of emotional processing after losing loved ones, interspersed with descriptions of the beauty around me.  Tonight  the mood returned for a bit.  If you are only here for the photography, now is the time to close the page and return to browsing.

This photo below is from around 1994-96.  Looking at it now, and then looking in the mirror I am surprised at the difference.  I keep thinking of cutting my hair off once again like I did back then, but now it would be half gray, with many more lines and wrinkles in the face and each wrinkle with a story behind it.  As to the hair, I wonder if the curls would return if it was short again.  Mom’s were…her hair was so pretty and silver curling around her laughing face. and her wrinkles were soft and full of love.   Funny how time slowly erodes us away.  Back when this photo was taken 20 years ago (oh gosh is it really 20?)  I even cared more how I look… now i just dress guerilla style, rough and tough, ready to be out in all conditions at any moment.  Forget to brush my hair some days and my clothes don’t always match.  At least my socks still do!

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96.  He passed away  on January 16, 1996. Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

Myself and husband David Reel in about 1994-96. He passed away on January 16, 1996.
Clicking on this image will take you to a previous post of memories.

 

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 I hear the wind whipping around outside tonight and feel the spirits dancing free, unhindered now by bodies that were failing. My mind seems to jump and spin as the clouds whip on by, and the moist air washes through my body as I breathe in deeply.  Perhaps if I step into that wind it might carry me far and wide to see the lands I dream of,  the friends I have only met online, and the places where the spirits dance and sing and pray to help guide us along our sometimes rocky way.

Peace be with you

always.

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Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza Gosh I miss that doggie!

Another photo of me and my old dog Rio in the wilds, taken by my friend Victor Vonsalza
Gosh I miss that doggie!

Larry Andreasen took the next two photos

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

LOL and I must include this one of me in the foggy Painted Hills one early dawn, taken by my Bro Larry Andreasen

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

On a wintry day, having wonderful fun on the closed road near home in White Salmon, with Larry who took the photo, and my daughter

and the darling daughter who makes my day when I hear her lovely voice

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo... the only one on the page that I took!

My daughter and I out playing in the snow. I did take THIS photo… the only one on the page that I took!

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Welcome to My World, where the air is fresh and the Clouds are Beautiful

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STARLISA BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY

Darlisa Black   PO Box 190, Husum, WA 98623 http://www.starlisablackphotography.com

EMAIL:  starlisa.black@gmail.com

My Mother and Father taught me to love the world around me… and if I can help others to see with new eyes and find joy by showing that beauty through photography. I have accomplished my hearts goal. Husum, WA is my childhood home and I consider home to be anywhere from Mount Adams to the Columbia River. I give thanks to my parents for their love for Nature and God, and for the years we spent immersed in nature as i grew up in this paradise.

I do NOT have a storefront, but you can contact me about special orders .  MORE INFORMATION in sidebar links under Calendars and Books 

CURRENT EVENTS:  

February 2013 is a showing at Skyline Hospital, and 

March 2013 will be a showing in the White Salmon Library with an Artist Reception March 9,  6-8 pm.

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Photo notecards can be purchased locally at Artisan’s Jewelry and Gallery, in White Salmon; and in Heavenly Grounds in Trout Lake; as well as The Hood River Hotel gift shop.  In the summer I can often be found at the Trout Lake Saturday market with my new photo books, calendars, cards and prints.  Here is another link for a PDF brochure about Trout Lake, in Klickitat County, WA.

LINKS for my Photos online:

IN THE SIDEBAR ON THIS PAGE  are  links to all my photo sharing sites such as  Facebook,      Flickr,    and Google+ as well as my other blog  “In Search of Life’s Beauty”. 

Keeping up with this modern age of social media and such has finally pushed me into the modern age and I can now take debit and credit cards with my iPhone, as well as Paypal, cash and checks… got it covered! I do not yet have an internet storefront however.

Most of my images are available as prints of many sizes, as well as Metal Prints, Thin Wraps, Canvas Gallery Wraps of most sizes. 

The Photographer, Darlisa Black

There have been several gallery showings of my photography in 2011-2013

PREVIOUSLY SHOWN

at Grounds Espresso and North Shore Cafe,  and The Inn of the White Salmon,  and North Shore Clinic  in White Salmon, Washington;    Three finalist images in the Chasing the Light Show in the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, Oregon in August 2012.

December 2012 and January  2013 was a photo exhibit at Solstice Wood Fired Cafe in Bingen, WA.  

Published Works:

Several of my images have now been published in books, magazines and calendars .  Here are a few examples

“Weather Guide Calendar” by Accord Publishing has featured some of my rainbows and lenticular Clouds for 4 years running (2011, 2012 both have full page month images and 2013 had a small Lenticular  image. 2014 will have a full size Lightning photo)

“Weather of the Pacific Northwest” by Cliff Mass, atmospheric scientist at University of Washington, is an excellent weather book for the Northwest, and includes a lenticular image over Mount Adams.  On his weather blog, Cliff posted about my work, calling me a “SKY POET”.  I liked that!  I am particularly fond of Lenticular clouds and have a large collection of images featuring these unusual formations, and am known on Flickr as the Queen of Lenticulars!  That bit makes me chuckle… as I know I am no queen!  But I thank my Flickr and Facebook friends for the encouragement.

Cross Country Magazine has printed two of my Lenticular images in an article on Mountain Wave Clouds

The Stranger Magazine, Seattle Magazine, and others have published images of mine, and many  have been shown on news stations such as KOIN 6 and KPTV 12 over the last three years.

“The Infinity Loop”, a travel guide published by Clackamus County had a Gorge and Mount Hood image on the cover in

2011

On another note… I have two website addresses, starlisa.net currently points to this blog as the website with that name was hacked and I have yet to fix things!

Thank you for coming to VISIT!!!

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Joy in Living

I found myself thinking about the idea of Joy and what it means to me, and it has little to do with acquisitions in the world, how much money I have, or what kind of work I do. It is those moments in time when all feels right in the universe, and I can feel the Divine Love reflected in the beauty of that moment. It might be in the smile of a child, a spunky spirit in a 90 year old, the brilliant temporary flash of a Rainbow, the spring leaves unfurling, or a tendril of hair tossed by a capricious breeze that wants to play. Life is full of such moments if you are aware… in fact today I stood and visited for half an hour with a woman who is 90, and we laughed and cried together remembering long ago days…I felt recharged!

My Daughter provides many of those moments of Joy for me, as it should be! Leannan Sidhe is a musician, an artist, seamstress, dancer and writer among other things, and of course I love her with all my heart! She is currently trying to finish up her second album of her own original music,

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Leannan Sidhe can also be listened to on my playlist on YouTube

She also has a BandCamp page with her first album available for purchase here

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This next image called Land of the Light was a magic moment that I am convinced was a gift from my Mother, Nina Black.  She loved these lenticular clouds we get over the Cascades, and I carry on her tradition.  I felt a push that day to drive up a road I don’t often go, and as a result got this image that was a contest finalist in the Chasing the Light contest and displayed in Hood River, Oregon at the Columbia Art Gallery in August 2012 along with the other 39 finalists.  So THANKS MOM!

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As many of you know, I LOVE clouds, and wild skies… especially lenticular clouds. This next one was happening one day as I got off work in White Salmon… the cloud is up near to Mount Adams and this is only half of it peeking over the Ridge. All my tiredness washed away and I chased it all the way to Trout Lake.

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This next image has a wild feeling of Joy for me… hope you enjoy it too Joy in the midst of adversity, against all odds

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So, just a few images to bring you a smile I hope! Browse the links in the side bar for information about my books and calendar, and I have prints available on order. I am now able to take credit and debit cards via paypal by sending money from your paypal to starlisa.black@gmail.com or by contacting me at the above email. i am able to take payment over the phone also.

and now the sun is returning outside so I am tying this up until later! Enjoy!

Prayer at the Lake

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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

Fall and Photo shows

Life is Good, Especially when you have moments like this one! I did not know what I was after or where I was going as I drove away from home… so I followed the light and it led me across the Hood River Bridge where I had a lovely afternoon among orchards and pastures.

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Please ask before using any of my photos, but you may certainly share by sending the link to my pages to your friends! I share them on here but I also partly make my living from this ability to do photography. Also I enjoy knowing where they get used, it makes me happy.

You can find out more about me and the products I have available on my profile on Flickr, and on this website in the various Page links in the side bar to the left.

and for a musical treat
My Daughter known as Leannan Sidhe who is a singer songwriter in the style somewhat of Enya.

Please keep my daughter’s music and my photography products in mind this year for Christmas Present ideas!
She has lovely albums, clever hats and clothing, and a short story in an anthology, and i have PHOTOGRAPHY! bet you did not guess! Almost done with my 2013 calendar, as the 2012 one was a big hit last year. I have several photo books now, you can see pages on my website showing photos from the books.

GALLERY SHOWS:

I currrently have a show up still at  The Inn of The White Salmon  which is a wonderful place to stay in White Salmon, Washington with easy access to both Mount Hood and Mount Adams as well as the Columbia River Gorge.  My show will be coming down soon and…on the  Last Friday gallery walk  in November I will be putting up a show at Solstice Wood Fired Cafe in Bingen, WA  and there WILL be a gallery opening event that evening, so come say hello!

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES:

I am getting signed up for 2 events at this time…

November 24, 2012 at            The Gorge Room at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn , from 10am to 4pm

December 1, 2012                Trout Lake Christmas Baazar   (I think it opens at 9am)

ANYTIME:  contact me via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com  or phone or facebook message or talk to me if you see me around town… I have 3 different books currently on hand,   “Trout Lake and Beyond”  “Moods of Mount Adams” and “Pacific Northwest” all of which are shown in detail on pages listed in the sidebar to the left.  I will soon have a 2013 calendar also which sold out quickly last year and I have already presold at least 12 already!   The CALENDAR will be $20 this year, and I am taking pre orders now.

I can take Paypal, checks, debit or credit, and cash

I also have lots of photo cards of this area and of the Cascade Creek Fire, as well as 8 x 10 images and many larger prints of really popular images.

This year the Metal Prints have taken off in popularity.. they are amazing and will last forever.  I recently did a portrait 20 x 30 on metal and it was lovely!

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.

My daughter in concert~!

Leannan Sidhe is performing tonight February 19 at the Rendezvous theater in Seattle as one of several acts. I am so proud of her!
By the way… if you have not checked this out yet,
My daughter who sings under the name Leannan Sidhe has her CD of her own original music available on her website , and purchase includes the ability to download the album after paying as well as getting the actual CD,

http://music.leannansidhe.com/album/fragile-dreams

She also can be downloaded as MP3 singles or the whole album at that link, and also at itunes, cdbaby, and amazon mp3 tunes. Best though if you by directly from her website, it benefits her more.

her concert Sunday is at the Rendezvous Theater, 2322 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121. Several different performances will be on stage between 6:30 to 9:30 pm and I am not sure what time her performance will be. She has to pre sell 15 tickets to have a choice on time (lacking 1 at this point) and 25 tickets pre sold will guarantee her a return invite. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door, and you can get them here

https://tickets.aftonshows.com/LeannanSidhe

you can also watch some of her performances on youtube here

I can’t wait to see her on a big stage on Sunday! !