Contemplations in Rain

Contemplations… rain seems to slide the thoughts into pathways made rusty by such a long dry hot spell.  Perhaps it is the sudden release of breathe after tracking so many fires this year.  Or perhaps the moisture lubricates the mind, allowing it to slip and slide here and there.  Out the window from where I sit and type, the rain has stopped again, the plums are huge and purple on the trees near the deck, and brighter light seems to bring a glow to the wet leaves and grass.
Mount Adams still hides her face behind the soft gray veil,  refusing to show her new covering of fresh snow.  I can only assume the peak has this new white gown, based on the reports from Mount Rainer’s Paradise webcams found here.

for example, at this time I see this grouping around the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

Also there were reports last night from Mount Hood’s Timberline of 8-9 inches of new snow, and a very happy St. Bernard that lives at the Lodge.

You can see webcams via Timberline here.

Meanwhile, the Snotel site at Surprise Lakes up in Gifford Pinchot National Forest claims no precipitation lately, which makes me wonder if it is actually working!  Or maybe I am reading it incorrectly.  This particular report on the Snotel site shows nearly a full years daily records, beginning 10-1-16.  interesting!

Well, that was an interesting side track in my flowing rain thoughts!  This has been the strangest of years.  I am wondering if we will slide quickly through Autumn and into a harsh winter.  Eternally hoping for the long beautiful Fall weather I love so much, but not so sure i will get it this year.  Might have to content myself with fall colors from previous years such at this:

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And now, as I finish up, the RAIN has continued.  I learned some new words this week:
      Petrichor:  pet·ri·chor, ˈpeˌtrīkôr/  (noun)  is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek πέτρα petra, meaning “stone”, and ἰχώρ īchōr, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.

also:  a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
“other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all”

Pluviophile. a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Psithurism

(n.) (obsolete)   The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves.

 

Wishing you all a lovely Autumn, and hopefully no one goes straight from Heat Stroke to Hypothermia!

 

Darlisa (Starlisa)

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A Month for Sunsets

Just this week alone there have been several remarkable sunset.  Since the last post I have chased a couple more in White Salmon, Washington.  Funny, I use the term “chased the sunset” as a gauge to how I am doing…or chasing clouds… If I do not say that for awhile, it is time to examine my priorities and take better care of myself!

June 18, 2016, on foot, walking the streets near home looking for a clear view for Mount Hood and the sweet standing wave clouds.

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Same day, a drive up on a hill gave me this view of the Columbia River Gorge at sunset.June18-GorgeSunset-WS_5543

June 19th I was busy in the house and looked out the window and ran out into the street to catch these shots at the twilight hour.

 

June Sunset in the Gorge

Recently I was treated to an amazing sunset over the Columbia River Gorge in White Salmon, Washington.  I drove to the top of a hill, met some new friends, and fell in love all over again with clouds and wind in my hair on a hill top as day deepened into twilight.  Do you know that feeling?  If not, find yourself out there somewhere, by a river, on a hilltop, in a desert.  Watch past the sunset, watch for the fading light, the appearance of first planets and stars… and just breathe it all in with Gratitude.

For anyone who misses my more regular posts, I have no internet at home and it has been challenging to get somewhere with everything to post, when I do pop on internet, I have so many things to catch up on I get very little done!

Anyone want to help with that? I have a Tip Jar, a donate button on my wordpress website here, on the right sidebar down aways. Working my way back into the world again slowly, it has been a slow process this year, and have not been able to really work much lately. Things are looking up however! I will be an intern this summer at the museum in Bingen on weekends… you should pop in there and check out the displays, make a small donation to the museum, or even become a member for $20 a year for individuals!

Smokey Sunset and Good Friends

Marvelous combination for an almost autumn day !  An opportunity was given me to meet an online friend from Australia and I ran with the chance.  As a bonus new friends and old friends mingled for lunch and shooting sunset (in classic photographer meetup fashion worldwide).  Gary Randall, one of the brothers of my heart rather than blood, helped make this happen with his sweetie Darlene Cox, our dear Australian friend Hillary Younger, and Hudson Henry from Portland area. This  Grand day included  excellent food from El Burro Loco in Welches, Oregon, and a hairy drive up long mountain roads to Flagg Mountain lookout.  These are the moments in a photographers life that help us remember the joy in what we do wandering around the county and sometimes around the world observing and capturing the unusual moments in life and the beauty of nature.  Of course it also helps when someone actually buys some of this beauty, and I am so appreciative of those who have understood the work that I and others put into creating our art, and showed their appreciation through purchases both large and small.

Gary Randall has been seriously following his art and his dream this last few years, and not only sells prints but also leads workshops and is licensed as a guide in the National Forest and in the Columbia River Gorge.  You can learn more about him and his work on this website Gary Randall Fine Art Photography .  His sweet girlfriend Darlene is a jewel and also a fine photographer in her own right.

Hillary is a marvelous photographer from Tasmania, with a heart as deep as the ocean and a deep caring for the hill people of Ladakh.

Hudson Henry is remarkable, energetic and creative and fun.  You can see his website here:   Hudson Henry   Ironically, I had saved a draft of this post with the title as is, and then hours later read Hudson’s post which has almost the same title!

A few images from the event, beginning with my quick trip to Sandy for a headlight so I could stay out after dark!

Taken in the afternoon of Sept 15 from Sandy, Oregon as the 36 Pit Fire flared up again.

Taken in the afternoon of Sept 15 from Sandy, Oregon as the 36 Pit Fire flared up again.

Brother and Sister PPV enjoying a sunset. (PPV is Gary's name for a Photography Pursuit Vehicle.  Or was that Personal Photography Vehicle?)   In any case, His PPV did not leave mine in the dust, lil sis kept up just fine.

Brother and Sister PPV enjoying a sunset. (PPV is Gary’s name for a Photography Pursuit Vehicle. Or was that Personal Photography Vehicle?) In any case, His PPV did not leave mine in the dust, lil sis kept up just fine.

The Sun was fascinating seen through the smoke laden sunset from atop Flag Mountain lookout

The Sun was fascinating seen through the smoke laden sunset from atop Flag Mountain lookout

Dropping swiftly below the horizon, the sun was a ball of luminescent red in the smoky sky.

Dropping swiftly below the horizon, the sun was a ball of luminescent red in the smoky sky.

As the colors faded, I was still shooting... my friends!  Hudson, Hillary, and Gary

As the colors faded, I was still shooting… my friends! Hudson, Hillary, and Gary

Gary was a blur of action catching all the Comps, while Hudson stood still long enough  to capture as he caught the fading sunset.

Gary was a blur of action catching all the Comps, while Hudson stood still long enough to capture as he caught the fading sunset.

and of course, one last blast of color long after most people think sunset is over.  I loved the layers here.

and of course, one last blast of color long after most people think sunset is over. I loved the layers here.

 

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Power of Nature

This last week we have had some amazing sunsets and thunderstorms. and I was lucky enough to get some images that made me dance.  These are all from Oregon and Washington near the Columbia River, White Salmon and Hood River.

July 21 was amazing when the sky blew up in all directions.  On Facebook I have seen so many amazing images from that sunset in many places in the PNW, and of course the smoke from so many fires certainly add color to the sunsets.  The color cannot all be blamed on  the smoke however, as we get these colors occasionally year around.

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These next 3 images are also on my Smugmug site in the best print gallery.  You can see them large in high resolution by clicking on the images.  They will open in a new tab.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over Mount Hood July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

 

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this image was taken at the end of twilight, long after most visible sunset glow had faded. Using a 30 second exposure, we are able to see the remnants of color more strongly.

 

 

As if all that beauty was not enough, July 22 was an amazing Thunderstorm traveling north from Oregon up through Washington along the Cascades.  These next images are from that evening, and the cloud photos all have faces that are remarkable.

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The upper cloud is where the face is as shown in the previous post, and the clouds below looming over the hills east of Hood River, Oregon are the thunderheads that become the storm shown with lightning below.

These next two storm photos at sunset are available for purchase and can be seen large by clicking on the photos.  They will show up in a new tab on your browser.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see.  Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North.   This shot was taken near the end of sunset.  I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see. Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North. This shot was taken near the end of sunset. I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

 

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible.  High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo.  It will open in a new tab on your browser.

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible. High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo. It will open in a new tab on your browser.

 

 

Lenticulars and Sunset July 3, 2014

Seemingly all over the Pacific Northwest on July 3, the sunset lit up the sky with wonderful wild fire colors.  Prior to that over Mount Hood and Mount Adams, and continuing downwind to the East of White Salmon, WA, long strings of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds stacked up in clusters running primarily North and South across the Columbia River Gorge.  This set of images was all taken in the late evening of that day, from above White Salmon. Below at the bottom of the post are some links regarding lenticular clouds, weather, and atmospheric optics.

As I drove through White Salmon, Washington there were streamers overhead, and long stacks of lenticular plates building up along the ridges East of town.

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Later in the Evening as I was coming down Snowden road, the sky caught on fire after I thought it was going to fizzle (yes, I should have known better! )  I was not in the best location overall, but I am still tickled with some images I captured.

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ALSO, BE AWARE I do also sell images on prints, metal prints (aluminum) Canvas Gallery wraps, Thinwraps, and Standouts.  It works best to contact me directly to ask about a specific image, but my Galleries Link is a good place to start looking 🙂

 

INFORMATIONAL LINKS FOR WEATHER, LENTICULARS AND ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Lenticular Clouds on Wikipedia 

My Lenticular cloud photos on SmugMug (also can be found via the Galleries link in the sidebar on this page)

Even larger collection of Lennies on Flickr (these are all mine as well)

 

Remarkable collection of weather, cloud and optics links

My favorite Atmospheric Optics site,  atoptics.uk

another remarkable informational page about Weather 

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Locally you can see my photography in a show at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon on the 400 block of Oak Street downtown.

Contact me directly for more information about prints, calendars and books.

Horsethief Butte, Lake, and Lennies :-)

What a day for a daydream… la la la!   This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14.  Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three.  Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.

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A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art

A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art images

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I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte.  Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating

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Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors

Horsethief-Butte_Lennies_4862-4  Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport.  Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport. Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

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Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport. This image available for purchase as prints  in my photo galleries, just Click on the image to learn more.  Also, It would make a great Metal print, gallery quality. Contact me for options.

To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.

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This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months.   Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body!   Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..

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Please check out the links in the side bar to learn more about my photography.  I do have a large gallery show hanging once more at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington through March.  Come on by if you are in the area!  You can find my photo greeting cards for sale at Artisan’s in White Salmon, and at Dickey’s farm in Bingen.