In Honor of Loved Ones

buddha statue in a foggy Columbia River Gorge, surrounded by snow.

Many of us have lost so many loved ones already this year, and it brings with it an occasional melancholy that can also be the doorway to good memories.   Today, processing photos from my archives, I ran across this set of images I took at a dear friends home in the White Salmon area.  Sharon  has passed away but I could feel her delight in nature and photography as I looked at these images of the Buddha statue in her yard.  Therefore, I will share these for the first time publicly in memory of Sharon McCormack, and in sincere empathy with all who have lost those we hold close.  Strong personal beliefs and experiences have shown me that life continues beyond death as we know it, and our loved ones are not truly lost to us.  My brother Dennis (died 1-24-18 age 79), sister Nora (died 12-13-16 age 82) and many others are but a thought and a memory away, and it is my belief I will see them again.
May you each find peace and comfort in remembering the lives of your own loved ones, and feel their love for you eternally.

Buddha in Snow, in memory of Loved Ones.

Buddha in Snow, in memory of Loved Ones.



Clicking on these photos should open a new tab where you can see the higher quality image in my SmugMug photo galleries.


(The divine within me sees and honors the divine within you)


Looking back a Year from now

I have been searching my archives looking for the images I wish to use in the calendars I am building, and in the process have reworked a few older shot with my newer skills!  Here are a few from November 2013

Please DO check out the links in the sidebar on this page, see my books and prints.  Keep all us photographers and artists in mind as you start thinking of presents to buy for loved ones.  I am currently working on my calendar for 2014, and will let you know when that is finished.

Prints can be purchased directly from the link on the side… Metal or canvas prints and books can be purchased directly through myself by sending me an email at

Thank you for coming to visit!

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Intriguing Clouds over Mount Hood and Mount Adams

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds

Lately I have been randomly dropping into older files from the last couple years looking for treasures that had been forgotten.  Here are a few of Lennies (my name for lenticular clouds) over Mount Hood and some interesting fluffy wannabe lennies over Mount Adams.  Judging from the rest of the day, the clouds over Mount Adams probably were more distinctly lenticular in form a bit earlier in the day.

All images except the vertical shot are also links to the corresponding image on Smugmug.

This first one, same as the featured one, was shot from White Salmon, Washington,  looking south into Oregon.

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds



These next three are all of Mount Adams taken from Hood River, Oregon looking north into Washington


Mount Adams from Hood River


Mount Adams close up from Hood River


Mount Adams and the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon


More information on Lenticular cloud formations:

Altocumulus lenticularis. These formations are caused by wave motions in the atmosphere and are frequently seen in mountainous or hilly areas. They are often called wave clouds. They may be triggered off by hills only a few hundred metres high and may extend downwind for over 100 km. The cloud elements form at the windward edge of the cloud and are carried to the downwind edge where they evaporate, as can be seen here. The cloud as a whole is usually stationary or slow moving.

You can view a very large set of Lenticular Cloud images here on my Flickr site, just click on this link

Lenticular Cloud Set on Flickr       These Flickr images most often have the story of the event with the photos.

You can also purchase many of these images as prints on my SmugMug site in the Gallery.  Three of this set of images will take you to the Smugmug site when clicked.

I also have a set of these clouds available as prints on SmugMug, just click on the link below.

“My Lennies” on SmugMug.

Just click on the link for My Lennies.  I also sell many Metal Prints and the occasional Canvas or Thinwrap, and for more information about these contact me directly when you have a particular image or set of images in mind.  My email is or you can message me on facebook.

In the menu on the right sidebar there are pricelists for various styles.

Have fun browsing!


2013 Calender coming next week!

This is the front cover of my new calender!

I have been lax about posting on this blog lately, because I have been working on my website.  You can find a new page on that site with photos showing my new 2013 photography calendar and more information about how to get them.  Please feel free to share the link with your friends and help me do advertising that way!

2013 Starlisa Black Photography Calendar information can be found here 


Thank you for looking and sharing!


Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

The fire took off again the last few days, and is now up to well over 11,500 acres with a new run to the Northwest along Stagman Ridge in a narrow finger of fire reaching around the west side of the Mountain. More information can be seen here on the  InciwebLink

UPDATE 9-23-2012: Now up to 13,727 acres, holding strong on the South and East boundaries and expanding to the Northwest along Stagman ridge, across Looking Glass Lake and another pretty lake with an island… and crawling down the slopes of the western foothills in the direction of Forest road 23. Containment still at 50%. Many of the crews are ending their 14 day rotations and heading out this weekend, with new crews coming in to take over Monday.

I have been busy making fire calendars and cards and selling them at the Fire camp, and having wonderful interesting conversations with some of these amazing men and women of all ages who work incredibly hard long hours out on the lines, and driving watertrucks and supply drops, and managing resources. I have a great deal of respect for them!

The calendar is a 2013 spriral bound calendar with many images from this collection or the previous post, and the calendar costs $25.00. I can ship them for an extra $6.00 and can take payments via check or paypal or moneyorder. My email is
Prints are also available, as well as metal prints and there is a pricelist in a link in the sidebar.

Here are more photos of the fire and the views through smoke