Icy Catherine Creek

Today I’ve been sorting through old photos in my hard drives, and came across this series that I took in January 2011. I had so much fun wandering around in the icy conditions with my friends. I thought I would share the ones I got processed :-). I thought they were pretty cool, pun intended. This is in southern Washington.

Catherine Creek Falls has such a great flow in the winter. Notice the ice on the cliffs ūüôā

Soon after sunrise at Catherine Creek. On this image I actually used filter on my lens that belonged to a friend. Now I can’t even recall exactly what it was called but it sure made things look pretty ūüôā

If you look in the menu on my blog post, you can click on the photo galleries link to go to my SmugMug photo gallery.



Is it Spring?

While not entirely spring in Trout Lake, down the hill in Husum to White Salmon area flowers are popping. Here the upper valley we still have little spots of snow. However yesterday I woke up to the sound of birds singing loudly, birds I had not been hearing yet this year. That’s a good sign! How is spring progressing in your area?

Here are a few images from yesterday in the lower White Salmon River Valley.

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!

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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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

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!

Rainbow City

Saturday I saw a bit of a rainbow as I drove through Hood River.  Driving down to the waterfront I got there just as it blew up into a full rainbow, with a double for awhile as well!  These are taken from the waterfront in Hood River, Oregon, looking north into and over White Salmon, Washington.

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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

Bald Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge

Bald Eagles in a strong wind, in a snag along the Columbia River near Lyle, Washington.  Photo by Darlisa Black, of Starlisa Black Photography.  February, 2014

Bald Eagles in a strong wind, in a snag along the Columbia River near Lyle, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black, of Starlisa Black Photography. February, 2014.  Click on this image to see in my fine art galleries or to Order Prints.  


Some information from Wikipedia

“The¬†Bald Eagle¬†(Haliaeetus leucocephalus;¬†hali¬†= sea,¬†aeetus¬†=¬†eagle,¬†leuco= white,¬†cephalis¬†= head) is a¬†bird of prey¬†found in North America. A¬†sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a¬†species pair¬†with the¬†White-tailed Eagle¬†(Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the¬†contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largestnest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1short tons) in weight.[2] Sexual maturity is attained at the age of four to five years.

Bald Eagles are not actually¬†bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in¬†plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. The¬†beak¬†is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown.

The Bald Eagle is both the¬†national bird¬†and¬†national animal¬†of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle appears on its¬†Seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of¬†extirpation¬†in the continental United States. Populations recovered and the species was removed from the¬†U.S. federal government’s¬†list of¬†endangered species¬†on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of¬†threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the¬†Lower 48¬†States on June 28, 2007.”

There are now more overwintering Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington and it is a delight to count as many as 40-50 Eagles in a day on occasion.




The Sunset that blew away the Northwest

Series of images:  I only caught the tail end of this surprise that happened after the sunset itself seemed to be over on January 2, 2014.  These first two are my own, and they link to my photo site on SmugMug



Both were taken from the edge of White Salmon, Washington looking West down the Columbia River Gorge


this next one is from a Cape Kiwanda/Pacific City  Webcam at the Oregon Coast that night



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YOu can also see this sunset in a video here on KGW  http://www.kgw.com/video?id=238535671&sec=547977&ref=articlevidmod


KOIN 6 News also posted a huge gallery collection of images from January 2, the first killer sunset this year! Just Click on this link to see the gallery on Koin 6

This is a slideshow on Fox 12 News that included a great shot by another photographer in my area, Linda Steider

This next image was taken by Gary Randall of Mount Hood, and clicking on the link takes you to see ¬†Gary’s Flickr post of the most amazing sunset on nearby Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds¬†

Fox 12 has a lovely slideshow of images sent in to the news that night  You can see the slideshow on this link to Fox 12


I just sold out of the Gorge area calendars, but I have one calendar each of Mount Adams, and Barns and Buildings, plus a handful of Desk calendars and Fire Calendars.

Fire Calendar  February

Fire Calendar February page.  Click on the image to see details on all the calendars and books