Redbuds, Blue Jays, and Joy

Spring is such a wondrous time of year. The sap begins to flow again in people as well as trees. Spirits lift, even spring storms become magnificent paintings instead of drudgery. I wake in the morning to the sounds of joyful birds and a smile on my face knowing that greens are returning via new leaves and buds; and colors will once again be painted into the landscape.

See more of my photography at starlisa.smugmug.com

Thank you!

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Altered my Bandcamp Subscription

This lovely and amazing musician, singer/songwriter in the Pacific Northwest has a couple of wonderful albums out already of her somewhat Enya style/ gypsy/ elven music. She has many more new songs in the works since finishing her degree in Digital Sound Engineering, and has created a subscription plan as a way to share new songs with fans first before ever creating another album. This is her blog post about this, with a link to her bandcamp page. Please take the time to check her out and give her a boost!
Besides being a wonderful singer, I am proud to call her daughter.

Leannan Sidhe

After some thought, I realized those of you most likely already have my albums. I removed them from the subscription and dropped the price down to Bandcamp’s minimum of $3 to make it more approachable.

I am pleased to be able to thank my first sign up, who has apparently been spamming Breathe on repeat. 🙂 At least that’s what I’m assuming based off how many times they said they’ve played it so far. I’m delighted that it’s being enjoyed!

The link? That’s music.leannansidhe.com

(I will continue with the travel posts shortly.)

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Icy Catherine Creek

Today I’ve been sorting through old photos in my hard drives, and came across this series that I took in January 2011. I had so much fun wandering around in the icy conditions with my friends. I thought I would share the ones I got processed :-). I thought they were pretty cool, pun intended. This is in southern Washington.

Catherine Creek Falls has such a great flow in the winter. Notice the ice on the cliffs 🙂

Soon after sunrise at Catherine Creek. On this image I actually used filter on my lens that belonged to a friend. Now I can’t even recall exactly what it was called but it sure made things look pretty 🙂

If you look in the menu on my blog post, you can click on the photo galleries link to go to my SmugMug photo gallery.

Enjoy!

How YOU Can Support the Actually Autistic Community During Autism Acceptance Month

Another blogpost from a “Delightfully strange, passionate, artistic, nerdy, and fun” Autistic blogger. The Autistic Community asks for your help spreading real autism awareness on the internet and in person, to balance a lot of inaccurate or negative perceptions spread by the large organization “Autism Speaks”. There are no actually autistic individuals in the high levels of management of the organization, and sadly many people think they are speaking for non verbal autistic people when quite often what is going on inside that non verbal persons head may be entirely different. There are many “non-speaking” people with autism who have found other valid ways of communicating their thoughts and feelings; through a key board; through various speaking aid technologies; even through sign language and other methods.

Neurodivergent Rebel

A short video talking about how YOU can help / be an ally to the #actuallyautistic community this April.

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Wild Soul Woman

A Wild Soul Woman… 1/30/18

Always have been! Somewhat slowed down, and wings dampened by the storms lately but still this is my nature and always has been. Many is the time in life when I laid on a mossy bed in the forest and felt the movement of the roots beneath the ground and the wind in the treetops. My spirit has flown with the Eagles and swim with the fish, and although recent years have pushed me into hibernation, I will yet fly again. There is so much more to this world and this life than just every day celebration and traumas, wars or parties. I have little patience for small talk, always looking for meaning in life and celebration of connections.

Onwards and Upwards

One day at a time…. onwards and upwards… and this is a good day full of beauty! If your head is hanging down and you are sitting in a dark room feeling down, step outside in the sun or rain, and take a deeeeeeep breath in, look up and around, study the spring signs popping out all over the place, and remind yourself whatever the problem is, does not have to consume you. You have a choice, you can embrace each little moment of beauty and it can help turn things around for you. I know this to be true from many ups and downs in this life.

A Happy Life

No matter what you do in life, no matter what traumas or Joys happen around you, you can always look around you in this beautiful world and find good things to warm your heart. Feeling very peaceful and content today, and here are some of the reasons why.

Monday Cloud Evolution

An evening progression of Standing Wave Clouds near Mount Adams Monday 3/26, starting in Trout Lake, Washington and driving to Glenwood further east and north.

Looking north in Trout Lake:

Looking south and east

And south and west:

South closeup

Again looking north, halfway between Trout Lake and Glenwood:

And looking at the same clouds from Glenwood side, with a barely visible Mt. Adams:

Panorama directly North:

Panorama looking West from near the rodeo grounds:

And again a bit later

Looking South near sunset in Glenwood:

Including an iPhone video just for fun:

 

Last gasp from east side of Glenwood, looking North and West, including Mount Adams:

And a link to my Lennies album on my SmugMug site:

My Lennies

I have many more images at Starlisa.SmugMug.com as well, and this album in particular has the best quality images for ordering large prints, although you have to contact me directly to do so.

Best Print Images

Enjoy!  #starlisablackphotography

Cloud Evolution

I’m sure you figured out by now that I’m fascinated by clouds, and how they change so quickly sometimes. These clouds in Glenwood yesterday had their own unique metamorphosis during the evening hours. I will be posting another series as well in a separate post.

Is it Spring?

While not entirely spring in Trout Lake, down the hill in Husum to White Salmon area flowers are popping. Here the upper valley we still have little spots of snow. However yesterday I woke up to the sound of birds singing loudly, birds I had not been hearing yet this year. That’s a good sign! How is spring progressing in your area?

Here are a few images from yesterday in the lower White Salmon River Valley.