June Sunset in the Gorge

Recently I was treated to an amazing sunset over the Columbia River Gorge in White Salmon, Washington.  I drove to the top of a hill, met some new friends, and fell in love all over again with clouds and wind in my hair on a hill top as day deepened into twilight.  Do you know that feeling?  If not, find yourself out there somewhere, by a river, on a hilltop, in a desert.  Watch past the sunset, watch for the fading light, the appearance of first planets and stars… and just breathe it all in with Gratitude.

For anyone who misses my more regular posts, I have no internet at home and it has been challenging to get somewhere with everything to post, when I do pop on internet, I have so many things to catch up on I get very little done!

Anyone want to help with that? I have a Tip Jar, a donate button on my wordpress website here, on the right sidebar down aways. Working my way back into the world again slowly, it has been a slow process this year, and have not been able to really work much lately. Things are looking up however! I will be an intern this summer at the museum in Bingen on weekends… you should pop in there and check out the displays, make a small donation to the museum, or even become a member for $20 a year for individuals!

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Glenwood Aurora

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While the majority of my aurora shots have been from Trout Lake side of Mount Adams, I found this series of shots in my archives that had been forgotten, from Glenwood, WA.  June 1, 2013  Mount Adams still features strongly.  The first two shots were of something I have not experienced any other time; and […]

High Prairie Sunset

My friend invited me up to her birthday barbeque on High Prairie today, and I took a photo of her goose while I was there.  Then, on the way back down the hill home, I caught these sunset images from Sunday night, last day of May 2015.  These are processed minimally, I wanted to just share as soon as possible.

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Mount Adams Near and Far

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!

Mount Adams on a frozen night from Trout Lake, Washington.

Mount Adams on a frozen night from Trout Lake, Washington.

Mount Adams at twilight from blueberry fields in Hood River Valley, Oregon

Mount Adams at twilight from blueberry fields in Hood River Valley, Oregon

As the Brilliant Reds Faded from the Sky…

…A warm happy light painted the landscape and sky, more gentle yet just as profound as the fiery colors a short time earlier. I was on a drive-about, the first one on my own in over a week, and this time of year I wish I could be out there on the road in random directions almost daily!
My journey today took me up Highway 14 to the Maryhill loops road, but I got there too late to drive the old Loops road during the two hours it was open this year. I wandered down by Stonehenge Memorial, then up the hill to Goldendale where I stopped by the Observatory and visited awhile. Taking random back roads I discovered an old meeting house of some sort, took portraits of some lovely cows in golden light, captured a small Lennie and a sundog over Mount Hood, and caught this amazing sunset and alpenglow as I started down the windy Glenwood road to where it crosses the Klickitat River. Heading on up the other side, I stopped briefly at the Glenwood store long after dark. Stopping again at the Rodeo grounds, and out came the camera one more time to shoot a dance event at the community building there and the stars and Lenny over Mount Adams behind the building. Tired and happy, I continued the drive on into Trout Lake to say goodnight to Roger and Connie before picking up some fresh raw cows milk from the Land of Milk and Honey Dairy Farm and heading on down Highway 141 to home in White Salmon. This was a good day, much needed time chasing light and enjoying the evening air.

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Brilliance of Sunset

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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Power of Nature

This last week we have had some amazing sunsets and thunderstorms. and I was lucky enough to get some images that made me dance.  These are all from Oregon and Washington near the Columbia River, White Salmon and Hood River.

July 21 was amazing when the sky blew up in all directions.  On Facebook I have seen so many amazing images from that sunset in many places in the PNW, and of course the smoke from so many fires certainly add color to the sunsets.  The color cannot all be blamed on  the smoke however, as we get these colors occasionally year around.

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These next 3 images are also on my Smugmug site in the best print gallery.  You can see them large in high resolution by clicking on the images.  They will open in a new tab.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over Mount Hood July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

 

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this image was taken at the end of twilight, long after most visible sunset glow had faded. Using a 30 second exposure, we are able to see the remnants of color more strongly.

 

 

As if all that beauty was not enough, July 22 was an amazing Thunderstorm traveling north from Oregon up through Washington along the Cascades.  These next images are from that evening, and the cloud photos all have faces that are remarkable.

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The upper cloud is where the face is as shown in the previous post, and the clouds below looming over the hills east of Hood River, Oregon are the thunderheads that become the storm shown with lightning below.

These next two storm photos at sunset are available for purchase and can be seen large by clicking on the photos.  They will show up in a new tab on your browser.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see.  Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North.   This shot was taken near the end of sunset.  I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see. Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North. This shot was taken near the end of sunset. I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

 

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible.  High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo.  It will open in a new tab on your browser.

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible. High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo. It will open in a new tab on your browser.

 

 

From Calm Serenity to Wild Weather, that is the Gorge!

Looking for the perfect March image for my calendar led me to this image.  I am amazed I never processed this!  Actually there are several, but only this one processed for now so I could get it in the calendar.  This is a very rare moment in the Columbia River Gorge, with this big old river so calm and reflective.  Peaceful easy feeling.

Usually the weather in the Gorge is more boisterous.  These Lenticular clouds on November 15 led me down to the river where the light was coming and going.  Lenticulars, or wave clouds, are often an indicator of a change in the weather, and we see them fairly often in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Most of these images link to their printable versions on Smugmug now, just click on the images.  They can be purchased any size.  If you are interested in in metal prints, canvas, or thinwrap styles, talk to me directly via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com

Wild and Wooly Grand Lennies over Dickey Farms in Bingen November 15, 2013

Wild and Wooly Grand Lennies over Dickey Farms in Bingen November 15, 2013

These are more photos taken the same day down at Dickey Farms in Bingen, Washington.  Dickey’s is a family farm spanning generations, and their hard work created rich bottomland gardens and green space that help keep the area beautiful and provides healthy local produce for so many. They have a lovely storefront along highway 14, with many wonderful gift items and unusual foods as well as their own fresh produce. A bakery in the store puts out pastries both sweet and savory daily.  They also carry my photo cards!

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Barn at the edge of Bingen, and orchards on Dickey Farm

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Looking at Bingen across the Farm

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Windy Farm Roads on Dickey Farms

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Dike Road

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Roads along a dike that protects Dickey Farm from the Columbia River

Road into Mystery

Road into Mystery

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Rare Moment in the Columbia Gorge

Joys of Autumn in Trout Lake

Mount Adams reflected in Trout Lake Creek, October 9, 2013

Mount Adams reflected in Trout Lake Creek, October 9, 2013

Mid October brought some marvelous color.  These are print quality images, and if you click on the individual photos it will take you to a print purchasing site.  I can also get metal prints, canvas or thinwrap images ready to hang on the wall, from 5 x 7″ up to 30 x 45″ sizes of most any image, and those can be ordered directly through myself via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com .   A price list for different mediums can be found here, and I do run specials often so keep your eyes open!  You can also think about possible Cluster images, and more info on that is in this link for Clusters, Splits and triptych

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Moonlight on Mount Adams and Takhlakh Lake

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Mount Adams in fall reflected in Trout Lake

These next 5 images are different versions of Sleeping Beauty on a lovely October 9 morning following the Aurora display during the night, seen from along Trout Lake Creek, Trout Lake, Washington.   Click on your fave to see it on my Print Purchasing site

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Farther downstream a lovely step by step falls cascades down in a lovely location above the bridge on the Mount Adams Highway.

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Trout Lake Creek in early Fall dress

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I have prints hanging at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon through October, and North Shore Clinic and the Hospital as well