Fall color, 2014 and from the Archives

Pure and simple… a gallery of many fall color images; some I just took and some I am rediscovering in the archives.
My recent show at the Library is over and done, although a glass case display remains through October.  On October 14 I will be installing many new images on metal at Mugs Coffee in Bingen, WA for the Fall season, a few from this gallery along with others will be on display.

To see many of my best images, browse my SmugMug galleries on my primary website here

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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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Summer Joys on the Mountain

Yellow Water Lily and Damsel fly at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams, July 2013

Yellow Water Lily and Damsel fly at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams, July 2013

Yes I am going back to summer now, since it is brighter and warmer than what is outside!   These are all from my July 2013 folder from camping and hiking up in Bird Creek Meadows on the SE slopes of Mount Adams in southern Washington State.

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Trail to Hellroaring Viewpoint from Bird creek Meadows.  This image can be seen in my galleries by clicking on the image.

Trail to Hellroaring Viewpoint from Bird creek Meadows. This image can be seen in my galleries by clicking on the image.

Valerian and Buttercup along the shores of Bird Lake

Valerian and Buttercup along the shores of Bird Lake

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sunset at Mirror Lake

sunset at Mirror Lake

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underwater stump relic looks like a creature in Bird Lake

 

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Heart Lake and Little Mount Adams in Tract D

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Bear Grass along the Bird Creek Road, Tract D

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Mount Adams is now visable from above the bridge and falls on the Bird Creek Road, thanks to the burned scar left by the Cold Springs Fire of 2008.. WIldflowers such at this Penstemon and the Bear Grass are becoming prolific in the previously desolate burn

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Dancing Cirrus uncinus clouds over Mount Adams brighten up a photo nicely!

Bear Grass was thick this year around Bird Lake and along the road in, as well as up in the meadows.

Bear Grass was thick this year around Bird Lake and along the road in, as well as up in the meadows.

 

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Native Columbine around Mirror Lake and Mount Adams

Yellow Avalanch Lily along the Bluff Lake Trail, blooming as the snow melts off the trail in late June to Mid July.  This trail is part of a wonderful loop starting and ending at Bird Lake that wanders up through Bird Creek Meadows, past Bluff Lake and Crooked Creek Falls.

Yellow Avalanch Lily along the Bluff Lake Trail, blooming as the snow melts off the trail in late June to Mid July. This trail is part of a wonderful loop starting and ending at Bird Lake that wanders up through Bird Creek Meadows, past Bluff Lake and Crooked Creek Falls.

 

Heather along the shores of Bird Lake in Tract D

Heather along the shores of Bird Lake in Tract D

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There are many deer that visit at Mirror Lake, I have watched their babies grow up

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Along the Heart Lake trail in Hellroaring Meadows, a view of Mount Adams

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This waterfall along Hellroaring Creek near Heart Lake is pretty low in this photo, but in the spring it roars.

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Spider on a Lupine around Bird Lake near Mount Adams

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Marsh Marigold in Bird Creek Meadows on Mount Adams

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Indian Paintbrush along the Bluff Lake Trail in Tract D on the East side of Mount Adams Wilderness. Tract D is on Yakama Indian Nation reservation and is managed by the Tribes, as a public access area for camping, fishing and hiking

Glorious sunset at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams in August 2013 This sunset image is available for purchase in my Smug Mug gallery which can be reached by clicking on the image.

Glorious sunset at Mirror Lake near Mount Adams in August 2013
This sunset image is available for purchase in my Smug Mug gallery which can be reached by clicking on the image.

 

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Part of my Tin Cup series, this is an old cup of my father’s. Dad, Claude Black, passed away in 1996 at age 88, and had carried this cup camping and fishing for many years. I carry it now and it brings me pleasure to drink mountain stream water from the cup and remember my Father.

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Another shot of a Yellow Violet with my Tin Cup… see previous shot for more information.

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Many of these little waterfall and wildflower shots are from along the Bluff Lake Trail not far from the campground at Bird Lake near Mount Adams. Again, part of the Tract D area

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I think this might be a Hoverfly but am not certain, but I know the flower is Arnica… seen on the Round the Mountain Trail, also known as Bird Creek Meadows trail

 

Hoverfly on a Mountain Bog Gentian along the Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

Hoverfly on a Mountain Bog Gentian along the Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

Hope you enjoy the sunshine on flowers, and have a happy feeling!

As I said above, check out the links in the sidebar.  Many of these images are going in the 4th edition version of the book “Trout Lake and Beyond” which is now up to 46 pages on this remodel! I will be displaying pages from there soon… as well as my 2014 calendar.

Thank you for your time

Darlisa Black

 

A Crisp Fall Day on Bird Creek Road

A few quick shots to share a day along the road and at Mirror Lake as the temps drop rapidly at Tract D and Bird Creek Meadows.

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LOCALLY I will be setting up a small show the first week in October at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon one more time.  You can find my notecards for sale across the street at Artisans Jewelery and Gallery, at Dickeys in Bingen, and at Heavenly Grounds in Trout Lake.

contact me at starlisa.black@gmail.com for inquires about prints on Metal, Thinwrap, or Canvas, or order unframed paper prints directly from  Smugmug as linked in the sidebar under Purchase Prints

Views along the Climber’s Trail on Mount Adams

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One of my favorite places on Earth is up on the South Eastern Alpine slopes of Mount Adams in Bird Creek Meadows.  Part of Tract D, this area was part of the original Mount Adams WIlderness that was returned to the Yakama Nation in 1972 as per original Treaty of 1855.  More information on that story can be found here on the website for the

Yakama Nation Mt. Adams Recreation Area

Also you can find DIRECTIONS to Bird Creek Meadows below in the comments.

Recently I made the hike up the Climber’s Trail from the parking lot for Bird Creek Meadows, about a mile past Mirror Lake.  This is a steep rocky trail, about a Mile up to Hellroaring Viewpoint where it becomes a crossroad where you can continue upwards on the Sunrise Trail to a high altitude camp on the East side of Mount Adams, on Yakama lands (which does require a back country camping permit from the pay station at the parking lot) .   Here are a few scenes from Climber’s Trail:

midday light through the forest can be inspiring and uplifting.

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Coming through the woods I startled a Blue Grouse

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Along the way in late summer are many brilliant blue  Mountain Bog Gentian wildflowers, mingled among mountain Huckleberries, Corn Lilies, and other plants that turn red, orange and yellow.  Hoverflies and Bees and Butterflies flit about in the meadows.

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Mountain Bog Gentian by Starlisa Black Photography

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Rock formations along the way can be fascinating

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Climbing further up out of the forest, the trail winds along the ridge to the southwest of Hellroaring Meadows and Bench Lake and opens up to increased views of the surrounding  land, and many fascinating tree skeletons that get ever more fanciful as a person hikes up the sunrise trail to treeline.

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Mount Adams begins to show her face as the trees become sparse in this higher altitude.

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while looking to the Northeast you can see the red rock Little Mount Adams

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in the distance you can see Bench Lake down below Little Mount Adams.

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Looking far below you can see Bench Lake shining like a jewel among trees that looks sadly damaged from the infestation of Pine Bark Beetle or Spruce Bud Worm.  Bench Lake has a 41 site campground and is favored among fishermen and boaters, with a 3 mile loop trail down into Hellroaring Creek from the Lake.

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This is a view on another day from Bench Lake towards Mount Adams

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While from the Trail Mount Adams peeks through the trees

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And a DIstant view of Hellroaring Falls pouring down off the Mazama Glacier and a little hidden Tarn (lake)

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Soon the trail winds out into the open on a ledge overlooking Mount Adams, the Sunrise Trail, Hellroaring Falls and Meadows, Glaciers, and sometimes herds of Mountain Goats.

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While I was hiking I could hear loud echoing SNAP and rumble of an avalanche or slide , or perhaps a crevasse opening up.  I can see several new cracks and such from this hot weather.

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This Rock formation is called the Castle

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At this Viewpoint you can also choose to take the trail  0.8 miles down through the meadows to connect with the top of a  loop trail through Bird Creek Meadows.  This Loop is just over a mile in total length,  connecting on the bottom end with the #9 Round the Mountain Trail.  Take a left turn to travel back to the Parking Lot.

Here are some scenes along that upper Meadows trail and the Viewpoint Trail

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Not long below this stream, you run into the #9 trail, and it is about 3/4 -1 mile back to the Parking Lot and downhill all the way.  If you want a longer hike, there are several more possibilities, that include Crooked Creek Falls on the 100 trail, or more waterfalls and a lake on Bluff Lake Trail, both of which end at Bird Lake and can be done as another loop.

I hope you enjoyed my presentation, and please take time to check out my links in the sidebar for my books and such… I am working on 2014 Calendars and will be doing some presales on those, so email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com if you are interested in knowing more.  When they are finished, I will post an album showing the pages of the calendars.

I also recently came out with the 3rd edition of my Trout Lake and Beyond Book, 12 x 12 with 4 new pages of this years Aurora photos and others. They would make wonderful Christmas Presents!

Bird Creek Meadows is Blossoming

Bear Grass has such intriguing blossoms, and they are thick this year! These images were all taken July 3, 2013.  Many of the lower blossoms are faded now July 12, but higher up the road there are still many flowers to enjoy.  There are also cute Critters.

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We also get some lovely sunsets… this one is at Mirror Lake near the entry station.

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This is taken up by the  entry  gate to Bench Lake and  Bird Creek Meadows on the SW side of  Mount Adams… and that gate opened for the season July 8, 2013. Monday Morning early! The area is managed by the Yakama Tribe, and is part of what they call Tract D. A $5 entry fee is good for vehicle and passengers, for 5 days. Several trails climb up into the Alpine Meadows and while there may still be snow in patches it is leaving fast. Ask the rangers for a trail map.
If you choose to camp in the park, it is $10 a night still (in addition to the entry fee) and that includes 12 pieces of firewood. There is also a fishing fee, seems like maybe $5 for 3 days but not positive there. Rangers live onsite in trailers, and have been known to rescue people who get lost and such.
The road in is rough, and has been known to eat small car oil pans, however I have seen many low clearance cars do just fine if they pay attention and drive slowly. Mosquitoes can be fierce so be prepared with repellent. Also remember to drink plenty of water and use a hat or sunscreen.
There are 3 lakes with campsites around them, Mirror Lake, Bird Lake, Bench Lake. Also a lovely lake up the trails called Bluff Lake. However there is no camping anywhere except designated lake campsites and Sunrise Camp up on Mount Adams. That requires its own registration.
The lakes are stocked occasionally with huge high altitude trout.

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Bird Creek Falls by the entrance gate
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If you ever see cows on the trails notify the Rangers please! They will notify the ranchers who will bring horses up and cow dogs to chase them out.

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HAPPY HIKING!

Also my show at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon is now on display in the main corridor, and it is peaceful and very cool in this entry area of the Hospital on a hot busy day

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as well as more images down the hall into the old part of the hospital in the Visiting Doctors waiting room. Still more of my photographs hang in the North Shore Clinic  across the parking lot from the hospital.
Saturday Markets have started in Trout Lake, and I will be selling books, cards and some prints there. Please see my CONTACT and ABOUT page in the links to the right for more information.  To purchase prints and view more galleries click on that sunset rays image that says PURCHASE PRINTS 😉

You can also contact me directly for orders at starlisa.black@gmail.com

thank you for the visit!

Bird Creek Meadows Opening

Bear Grass has such intriguing blossoms, and they are thick this year! These images were all taken July 3, 2013

This is taken up by the locked gate to Bird Creek Meadows by Mount Adams… and that gate will open for the season Monday Morning early! The area is managed by the Yakama Tribe, and is part of what they call Tract D. A $5 entry fee is good for vehicle and passengers, for 5 days. Several trails climb up into the Alpine Meadows and while there may still be snow in patches it is leaving fast. Ask the rangers for a trail map.
If you choose to camp in the park, it is $10 a night still (in addition to the entry fee) and that includes 12 pieces of firewood. There is also a fishing fee, seems like maybe $5 for 3 days but not positive there. Rangers live onsite in trailers, and have been known to rescue people who get lost and such.
The road in is rough, and has been known to eat small car oil pans, however I have seen many low clearance cars do just fine if they pay attention and drive slowly. Mosquitoes can be fierce so be prepared with repellent. Also remember to drink plenty of water and use a hat or sunscreen.
There are 3 lakes with campsites around them, Mirror Lake, Bird Lake, Bench Lake. Also a lovely lake up the trails called Bluff Lake. However there is no camping anywhere except designated lake campsites and Sunrise Camp up on Mount Adams. That requires its own registration.
The lakes are stocked occasionally with huge high altitude trout.

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Bird Creek Falls by the entrance gate
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A Heart for you
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If you ever see cows on the trails notify the Rangers please! They will notify the ranchers who will bring horses up and cow dogs to chase them out.

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HAPPY HIKING!

Also my show at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon is now on display in the main corridor,

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as well as more images down the hall into the old part of the hospital in the Visiting Doctors waiting room. Still more of my photographs hang in the North Shore Clinic  across the parking lot from the hospital.
Saturday Markets have started in Trout Lake, and I will be selling books, cards and some prints there. Please see my CONTACT and ABOUT page in the links to the right for more information.  To purchase prints and view more galleries click on that sunset rays image that says PURCHASE PRINTS 😉

You can also contact me directly for orders at starlisa.black@gmail.com

thank you for the visit!