Simple Joy of a Child

IN this case I feel like a photo is worth a thousand words!

Meet Harper…

Lost in my own world...

Lost in my own world…

oooh what is in here behind the sky?

oooh what is in here behind the sky?

 

Throwing rocks into the sky makes the mountain wiggle

Throwing rocks into the sky makes the mountain wiggle

 

Thanks for your visit!  It would mean a lot to me if you would say hello…

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Life on the Lewis River, Memories of Youth

Lower Falls on the Lewis River

Lower Falls on the Lewis River

 

Lower Falls on the Lewis River is a place full of happy childhood memories.  Where as most people who go there are most familiar with this viewpoint and the nearby campground, I remember a time this campground was brand new and small, and very few people came this way.  90 road did not go all the way through back then, and upriver aways there was another campground that is now inaccessible by car. The old Sheep Bridge Camp was our family hangout.  Mom was fond of saying that I camped there even BEFORE I was born.  To get to this falls we would have to climb and wade downriver on the other side, and it could only really be done safely in lower water times.   As an adolescent I was already wading across this river in many places, with a walking stick bracing me against the rugged current, and water up to my chest.  I proudly followed my Daddy everywhere, even places Mom did not go herself.  Of course my Mom was 45 when I was born, and now that I am dealing with arthritis myself I understand better why she did not rush into the icy water as quickly as I did!  Dad had it made… he just wore his chest waders.

Happy days, peaceful nights… sometimes we would camp for a couple of weeks at a time up in this paradise.  More often we hiked upriver to the Middle Falls, or across the old Sheep Bridge (before the ends were pulled off for supposed safety considerations), up the trail to the Lewis River trail to the Upper Falls. When the 90 road started getting built on through to connect the Lower Falls with the 23 road to make a big loop, it tore up this gorgeous deep forest trail, so we walked up the road part way and then down the hill through the trees to Lower Falls.  One time several of us found our way through the woods above the Upper Falls and discovered yet another waterfall which we simply dubbed the “Upper Upper Falls”.  We used a rope to climb down to the river to fish.  Dad and I wandered downriver to stand in the middle of the river leaning on the huge rock that has been at the top of Upper Falls for many years, where we could look over this lovely waterfall from the top, for the first time.  Things sure looked different from that point of view.

As the years went on, and my brothers and sisters had child after child, the camps grew bigger and bigger, until there would be wonderful times when the campground was full of the Black and Kyte families, and kids with bikes made trails through the woods and campground.  I miss those days so much… when our home was on the Lewis.

this was our wading pool and swimming hole when the water was higher.  We got water here for the campsite.  The green is heavily influenced by a smooth green shale on the river bottom.

this was our wading pool and swimming hole when the water was higher. We got water here for the campsite. The green is heavily influenced by a smooth green shale on the river bottom.

My brother Boyce fishing near the camp

My brother Boyce fishing near the camp

I love the emerald waters.

I love the emerald waters.

Lower Falls near the top

Lower Falls near the top

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on a hike in return visit, I and my dog Rio sat on this rock in the middle of the river and played my flute.

on a hike in return visit, I and my dog Rio sat on this rock in the middle of the river and played my flute.

Lower Falls on the Lewis River  at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

Lower Falls on the Lewis River at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

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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BREATH OF LIFE

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years.  I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years. I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

BREATH OF LIFE

Breath of life, wash through my body

as I walk besides this sacred stream…

Father and Mother nearby,

I feel them in the smell of the forest,

in the dark of the deep cave…

they are in the water cascading down the mountainside,

in the fish that leap and glide…

their presence warms my heart

I lay upon the freshly wet forest duff..

Their love wraps itself around me like the softest blanket

as I give my tears to the earth…

and send my prayers on wings to the Creator.

Ancient Cedars carry my heart upwards

as the sap rises in the spring, and oh the smell!

Fresh pine gum fills my mouth with the tangy aroma of life,

as I sense my mother’s presence, she

who taught me to chew the delightful gum.

Sounds of the forest catch my attention,

and I remember my dad teaching me to track thru snow…

be alert, always scanning to the front and back

between quick glances at the ground.

A magical place, a sacred space,

not far from home,

yet in another world.

I follow the creek up over waterfalls

and around boulders and logs.

Rich yellow green mosses carpet rocks and soil

in an enticing paradise,

illuminated by spirit, refreshing the soul.

Sacred place,  mystical space….

the burdens of the heart melt deep

into accepting earth,

draining away with my tears into the ground.

Slowly, new life creeps up from the Mother,

infuses the cells of my body with vibrant life energy,

and replaces the pain with joy…

A prayer bursts forth with passion,

Crying to my Father above for release;

a prayer of hope,

a prayer of faith.

As I sit up, reborn from the water of the forest,

I give thanks with all my heart.

The Lord’s Prayer comes to my lips, not as a rote piece,

but full of meaning and life, color and depth…

… each phrase complete

each word from the heart.

I dip my hands into the blessed water

and wash my pain away.

A new life has begun.

~Darlisa~   3/21/05

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River ~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River
~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

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.

Please share my work with your friends using the buttons at the bottom!  and check out the links in the sidebar and my calendars and books.  I am still working on my calendar for 2014.

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

underwater stump relic looks like a creature in Bird Lake

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

 

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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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, 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!