Autumn and Mount Adams

 

Driving up Highway 141 recently, just before the snow made angels out of burned trees from the Dry Creek Fire, I rolled down my window to soak in the mountain valley air.  The smell of this Summers wildfire mingles with the rich fungal odor of fall.  Surely the Morel mushrooms must be happy, I thought with a wry grin. (More writing and photos below)


Rivers of fog draped across the mountain sides like an undulating snake,  or a scarf tossed carelessly over a shoulder.  Perhaps now that the Drycreek drainage is showing off the new shape that was hidden under the tall evergreens, she’s heading out to a winter party to show off.

Sighing deeply at the loss of the luxuriant evergreen giants, The smile returns as I contemplate the new growth already manifesting on the hillside. Elk, Bear, and Deer will love this change that will bring in more low growing forage of leaf and berries. I recall the bear from a couple summers ago that was feasting on wild blackberries or currents out in the older clear-cut that has been growing back.  Change is part of a forest, both natural and manmade, and often brings about a healthier ecosystem.  Not always, of course, at least not in the short term. However looking at the long-term picture of which we are just a very small part, the world has been changing throughout its history and we live such a short amount of time we tend to think it’s always been this way.  Have we affected these changes?  Certainly we have, and not always for the best, but change will still happen without us at its own pace.  We just seem to rush it along.

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The photos in the post, along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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Meanwhile near Glenwood lovely fall leaves of Vine Maple, Dogwood, Elderberry, and Cottonwood reflected beautifully in a small stream. Glenwood-Fall_10-15-17-1054

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Back in mid October, Outlet Falls was starting to increase the water flow.  I am sure by now there is a great deal more water. Glenwood-fall-OutletFalls_10-15-17_0950

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I finally spotted my first elk herd of the season on Conboy National Wildlife Refuge recently… was not able to get good quality pics but sharing anyway.  The real treat was watching them come out of the field, up and over a fence and across the road, flowing like a river of brown.  They are so big, yet so graceful.

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Here we have a series of Mount Adams from Glenwood, taken about 2 weeks apart.
This first one is October 1, 2017.MtAdams_Glenwood_10-01-17-9752

Next is sunrise October 14.  Notice the snow around and below treeline?  That whole area is a burn scar, hit first by the Cold Springs fire in 2008 and more recently hit hard by the Cougar Creek Fire in 2015.  A bit further west, the burn scar continues its way along the south and west sides of the mountain from the Cascade Creek Fire of 2012.  There have been other fires before those 3 as well, and the Huckleberry bushes love coming back in burns.  Wildflower meadows thrive as well, and the Elk and Deer have more grazing areas.  Glenwood-Fall-MtAdams-sunrise-0897

Sunrise on Halloween DayGlenwood_MtAdams_Alpenglow_10-31-2017-2464

Later on Halloween Day, with a short lived lenticular cloud capGlenwood_MtAdams_Lenticular_10-31-2017_2625

and rainbow from November 1, 2017. Glenwood_MtAdams_Rainbow_11-1-2017_2663

I would love to hear from you..  which were your favorite photos, perhaps, or what fall means to you!

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LIfe is an everchanging Process

No matter what life throws our way

we can overcome

endure

and even move forward.  

At times the moments can be full of shadows

and hurt, 

but go around that next corner

and the LIght returns

to brighten your 

Day. 

What we do with that light

is up to each of us.

We can hide it in our proverbial closets

and try to keep it all for ourselves…. 

but it slips away. 

We can shine the light out from 

our hearts

for others to find their way, 

and it returns 

brighter.

Our choice.  Move

Forward into that LIght!  Let it fill the hearts of others

so that they may shine for you 

in dark times.

Together, spirits shining, move 

Forward into that Light, 

Together.

Give Thanks.

     ~darlisa black August 16, 2014

Road to Mount Rainer

Road to Mount Rainer

The Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House

The Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, Washington.

I am working on some projects involving old homes and barns, which fascinate me, and thought I would share this new image with you.  This is The Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House near refuge headquarters at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, Washington.  Later on I will share many more images inside and out.

You can learn more about this cabin and where it is located on this webpage  

 

The Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Glenwood, Washington.

The Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House

Bird Festival at Conboy!

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.
Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, with the only known colony of nesting pairs of Sandhill Cranes in Washington State, is hosting a Bird Festival on Saturday April 26, 2014, in conjunction with the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum.  The Discovery Center will be on site with their Raptors for a demo, and there will be many activities for children and adults both.  If you pre register before Saturday there will be a catered lunch available with your all day entry fee.  Elk Herds are all over the Glenwood Valley area in and around Conboy, and approaching birthing season.

 

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Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge Click on this photo to go to the Conboy Govt. website for more information

One Day’s Adventures, Glenwood and Beyond

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

These images are linked to my best photo galleries, if you click on them you will see these and many more images available for purchasing and sharing on social media with your friends (by using the share buttons under the images) They tell the story of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 up in the high Prairies around Glenwood, Washington.

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A day that started with a meeting in Glenwood led to all day of wandering through the mountains and along the Klickitat River, then back home through Glenwood along Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  A day of recharging and serenity and beauty. I wanted to share some of that with you!  It started out with misty fog over the flooded fields of Camas Praire near Glenwood.

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

There was only a sign that said no Hunting… so I wandered down the road.  after a bit along came a truck full of ranchers (Kreps Ranch owns much of this area) asking me what I was up to… I showed my pics and explained I had not seen any No Trespassing signs and thought this was part of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge which covers much of the flooded fields.  He was sure there was a sign, but I checked again on the way out and there was not.  I asked him if I could make it up to him with a picture and he thought that might work just fine 🙂  and gave me his email.   I also asked him if it were possible to get official permission to be in here, and he said maybe after March, as they have business this month and don’t want people in there .

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Ranching road disappears into the flooded fields on the Kreps Ranch near Glenwood, Washington. Mount Adams stands tall over Conboy Lake NWR

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Mount Adams shines in the lovely morning light as fog lifts off the seasonal lake

Since I already had my pics and needed to get on to the meeting (I was now quite late, but the light had grabbed me!)  I walked on back to my truck and headed down the road.

As the day went on, these are some of the treasures I found.

Grandmother Aspen tree surrounded by babies, slender white trees in winter dancing around an old aspen with many Eye shaped scars on the trunk.  ~ "I've Got My Eye on You! ~ photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

“I’ve Got My Eye on You! ~ Grandmother Aspen with all the babies

Aspen Saplings in Snow photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Saplings in Snow

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight ~ Photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Glenwood Barns, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Glenwood Barns

Glenwood Barns and flooded fields, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

barns and flooded fields, Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

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Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington.

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It was a really grand day, thank you for coming to share it with me!
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Dreaming on a gray day

Today the fog and rain are thick in the Columbia River Gorge, so I thought I would revisit a much loved summer place, only open about 3 months a year. Accessible from Trout Lake, Washington, this portion of the Mount Adams Wilderness was returned to the Yakama Nation in 1972 as part of the Handshake treaty. Referred to as Tract D, this portion of the reservation is still open to the public for camping, hiking and fishing. Tract D includes Bird Creek Meadows, Bench Lake, Mirror Lake, Bird Lake. These 3 lakes each have campgroundsalong the shores, and a 4th lake, Bluff Lake, is accessible by trail from Bird Lake. Tribal rangers stay onsite during the short season and often speak to groups of boy scouts or other groups about tribal history and the location.

The featured image above is Bluff Lake, while the images below are Bench Lake and Bird Creek Meadows with Mount Adams

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