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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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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FebruMay Day

ahhh, the wildflowers are blooming like crazy… they didn’t get the memo about winter being here until late March!
Catherine Creek Universal Access Area along Old Highway 8 near Lyle, WA is a wonderful ever changing place when spring hits… even if spring comes in February.  Recent walks out around the paved handicap access trail in the sunshine that had a sharp bit of cold bite led to the discovery of fields of Grass Widows blooming, along with saxifrage varieties, Gold Stars, Prairie Stars, Columbia (purple) Desert Parsley as well as the yellow Desert Parsley.  Pretty exciting!  I will do another post soon with the wildflower closeups, but for this one i wanted to focus on this amazing beautiful day, February 22, 2015

For More information on the wildflower called Grass Widows click here

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Please take time to check out my best galleries on this link Starlisa Black Photography on SmugMug, or by looking at the menu at the top of the sidebar and click on Photo Galleries

February 16 sunset

Well the sky was wild tonight!  In between the call that let me know my sis was going to the ER again this week after Dialysis with super low blood pressure, and the trip to Hood River to pick her up after she stabilized again, the sky exploded.  I took a few minutes to run to the nearby bluff and catch a few shots, and then headed to the hospital to pick her up.  They just had to give her a bit of time for her heart rate to pick back up again, she is back on track once more.

These are straight out of the camera… no processing…  and I had the camera set on standard settings, no extra color boost or contrast.

Click on the first photo, and use the right and left arrows to see them all large size.

While I do not yet have any of tonights sunset ready to print, I do have some other amazing sunsets and other images in my galleries, which you can reach from the menu at the top of the sidebar, or by clicking on this last image which is part of a display on the wall at Solstice Wood FIred Cafe in Hood River, Oregon .

Click on this image:

Mackerel Sky Sunset over the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Bridge

January Fog Days

These shots are all from January 24, 2014, a sunny day but with lingering fog that returned at sunset.  There will be more from this day!

Mount Hood from near Bingen, WA

Mount Hood from near Bingen, WA

Iridescent clouds

Iridescent clouds

Iridescence on clouds over Columbia

Iridescence on clouds over Columbia

Fog and Hood River Lights over Columbia River

Fog and Hood River Lights over Columbia River

Sunset Delight in the Gorge

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area sunset taken December 12 near White Salmon, WA

May your hearts be filled with love and peace!

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area sunset.

Alpenglow on the clouds after the actual sunset is often the prettiest color, and this evening was no exception!

Winter Cards Sale

I have a winter set of 5 x 7″ notecards available as random assortment or handpicked selection. These are printed directly as color copies of a PDF file, onto a glossy coverstock paper using a high quality printer, and were quite popular recently at the Trout Lake Christmas Bazaar!
PRICE: 10 pack with envelopes for $25 or 6 for $15
I can take payment via paypal, debit/ credit, or check.

Include shipping and handling of $5 (or $7 for larger orders of 20 or more) and tax on Washington orders.

Two options:

1. Order a random set and I will pick out the number of cards you want for you ;
2. Give me a list of card numbers and how many of each in an email to starlisa.black (at) gmail (dot) com or on facebook message at https://www.facebook.com/StarlisaBlack . Include your email, and I can send you an invoice which you can pay with paypal, or credit/debit cards; or send a check to

Darlisa Black
P.O. Box 854,

White Salmon, WA, 98672

These cards have no writing inside, but on the back there is a fair amount of information on what and where, and in some cases a bit of history and other tidbits about our area. I intentionally left them as generic winter cards primarily because I have a wide range of friends and fans on many religious and non religious paths in life and I like to honor individual choice.

Winter Haze Sunset

Glory in the Columbia River Gorge, November 19, 2014.  I love an evening like this!  There I was working away on my Calendar design on the computer when I glanced out the window and galvanized quickly into action, there was color!   Racing to the bluff through the snow, I caught some pretty color 🙂

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Julia’s Rainbow

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.

Double Rainbow, Taken from Hood River Oregon, looking over the Hood River Bridge into White Salmon and Bingen, Washington on November 9, 2014

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