Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area sunset taken December 12 near White Salmon, WA
May your hearts be filled with love and peace!
These images are taken about 30-35 miles apart, first one from a few miles away in Trout Lake, Washington, and the other from Hood River, Oregon. Perspective…. it appears more pointy from a greater distance!
Another young much loved woman has passed away this last week, and my heart is so sad. Trying to continue forward with photography and life, and stay positive. Julia Little Brave was my stepdaughter by a former marriage, and although I am estranged from her father I have kept track of his daughter as she married and had children. I followed from a distance, not wanting to interfere, and kept her in my heart. This is not about me… this is about an amazing young woman and her family.
Julia had cancer. She fought hard, and was in remission for some few years while she returned to college and developed a career in hospital lab work. This in itself was impressive in her large Native American family, where education was often a struggle. All this while being a great mother, and constantly cheering up others, and praying for others in her Native American Church. Her positive attitude was amazing. This last couple years the cancer came back, and though she fought with all she had, this weekend she slipped into that dark night and into the spirit world leaving behind her supportive loving husband Matt and their three beautiful children, along with a heartbroken sister/ best friend and brothers and Father, Mother, and a huge extended clan.
Julia’s sister in law has created a GoFundMe donation site to raise money to help the family with burial costs and huge hospital bills left behind. Any amount you might be able to donate would be gratefully appreciated, even $1. You can find that site here along with her photo and more information. Just click on that previous sentence in blue and the page will open up in a new tab.
This is the Rainbow I saw soon after I learned of Julia’s passing.. so I have named this Julia’s Rainbow.
A day in the life of a small but lovely town along the Columbia River, from a foggy morning start to a Yowser sunset. November 8, 2014, and dedicated to my niece Erin Kyte Huerta and her husband Melicio for their 11th anniversary. Erin grew up on these streets, in this town. Currently in Utah, she misses this place so I am bringing it home to her 🙂 She has had some serious health problems, and struggles to keep working, and I want to bring her some joy.
I love you Erin and Melicio, Happy Anniversary! Grandma would be hugging you right now too if she could.
This time of year is such a delight for photographers, and we bustle about in rain or sun to capture the changing seasons. For me the smell of rain after a long dry summer filled with wildfires is a glorious treasure. Watching mushrooms pop up out of the formerly dry ground, and mosses turn brilliant greet, is always a treat.