Thank you for your Help!

Many of you have seen my GoFundMe campaign by now, and I will be picking up my car today I think.  The generosity and kindness of friends, family and strangers has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am filled with gratitude.

the photo, taken this month in Glenwood, Washington, will take you to my campaign page on GoFundMe if you want to help out with licencing, winter tires, and insurance now!  I have the costs of the vehicle covered.  The link will open in a new window or tab in your browser.

Thank you again!  Check out my photography on smugmug by going to Menu on this page, and clicking on Photo Galleries.
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Help my Willow see a Vet

Willow when he first returned from the wilds

UPDATE:  Willow has now seen the vet, and is eating like a hungry bear in spring. Thank you to those who helped!!


Original Facebook post about Willow coming back:   “It’s a miracle!!! My missing cat Willow, who came to Alaska with me but disappeared about a month ago, showed up at about 3:15 am! I had woken up and open the window to feel the fresh air, and there was a sad loud meow. When I opened the door, in jumped my very starved and skinny cat. He probably ate a full can of cat food and part of a bowl of dry food. I fell to my knees in a prayer of thankfulness and tears while he ate, and then I held him close for a long long time in my arms. now we are cuddled up on the bed and I’ll say good night with a happy heart. #myheartishappy #thankyougod #mycatisback

After being gone for a month in the wilds of Alaska Bush, he is now skin and bones and starving 😿🤒😭but I’m getting him fed and warm and he’s purring in my arms. ❤️❤️He’s maybe half his original weight from a month ago. He will be staying inside now while we’re still in Alaska 😀❤️💕😍. 

However I am very concerned about his fragile body right now and I think he needs to go to the vet possibly for rehydration and other check up.    I’m staying with friends in Alaska for another month and have no income. My friends helped me a lot but they’ve already done so much.  Many of you have followed this saga of missing Willow and were thrilled as I was that he showed up. If any of you feel like donating to a vet fund it would be an incredible gift. 

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There are two easy ways to donate through PayPal. One is on this blog using the tip jar donation button in the sidebar menu. On mobile it’s a little tricky to find. Click on the menu tab, scroll down through menu and several posts and you will eventually run into tip jar donation.   You can use a debit or credit card and do not have to be a paypal member. 

Or if you are easily Pay Pal conversant you can send money to:  darlisa.may@gmail.com

Anything is greatly appreciated right now. 

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10/13/16  I have spoken to the vets office who suggest since he is eating a little and keeping it down that I just watch him for a couple days and see if he starts getting stronger on his own. I have used donation money to get him special foods and ensure, and he has been eating more today and moving around more. I will still take him into the vet to get a check up but they advised it might be to Traumatic to go right away after just getting home in such a mess.  So I’m making him very comfortable and petting him a lot. 

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Here he is as i write. Thank you for any help you can give. 

Willow after returning home all skin and bones

Previous photos of Willow. He has been my little buddy since he was 8 weeks old

Discovering Alaska (from last month. )

The rest of these pictures are taken over the last several years. Willow is about 12 years old

A WILD RIDE! Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser,

Fruit trees burst into bloom in the orchards

Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser

#530slidephotographyauction

We are on round 2 of a Facebook based Photography Auction Fundraiser to benefit the mudslide recovery process in Oso and Darrington, Washington.  This fast growing grassroots event started by Justin Kraemer on Facebook, has grown to a group of over 850 in a few days with other volunteers stepping up to the plate very quickly to help organize and do behind the scenes data entry.  Round one started as a Facebook event, with 170 photos donated by many people in the area, and accumulated bids of $8,500. 100% of proceeds were donated directly into the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund set up for mudslide relief in the local Arlington Bank. (link below)

Round two is Group based fundraising effort on Facebook for better tracking and control, called Art For Oso,and can be found in a link below called Art For Oso Group page.  We now have many high end Pro Photographers from the Pacific Northwest that have been donating to both rounds, like Aaron Reed in the first round, and Gary Randall and Kevin McNeal in this round.  and myself of course 😉  and about 140 prints to sell of great quality.

BIDDING STARTS TONIGHT APRIL 4 AT 7 PM PST,  AND RUNS THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 7 UNTIL 9 PM PST

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This post in the group will give you more information, and is good for sharing on your facebook page to reach out to othersFacebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Group page Link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/artforoso/

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This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators.

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CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM!  This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM! This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

Thank you,  volunteer staff member Darlisa Black  darlisa.may@gmail.com

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~       Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black,     Starlisa Black Photography

Meandering Visions of Joyous Solidarity, and Appreciation for Helpful Hints.

large rainbow seen over the Columbia River from White Salmon, with one end touching the stone outcropping near Hood River called Guardian of the Gorge.

NOW if you just want to skip to the stuff about where is the Art For Oso fundraiser auction and gorgeous photos you can bid on, slide on down the page to the link section.  🙂  I won’t be offended if you skip my ramblings

This has been an incredible grassroots explosion of caring, thanks to the dream of Justin Kramer and his wife.   Along the way they collected volunteers so saw the dream and wanted to help.  We are all learning as we go!  As of April 4,2014,  Photos for the Auction for Oso have been reviewed to be sure they are of printing quality suitable for an Art auction. Getting that balance between quality art and community spirit is a big challenge! I am plum worn out from soothing ruffled feathers and making decisions. (Wednesday night) and then Rejuvenated Thursday watching it all come back together with a Joyful dance as artists met each other and discovered beauty everywhere aimed at helping make life a little bit easier for the folks in Oso and Darrington area. Along the way came many lessons.

Having been an artist of one form or another all my life, I learned long ago to have a thick skin about constructive criticism… but I slip now and then 😉 However there are many people who take it VERY personally… and if you are one of those, submitting in an event like this is not always easy or even wise unless you learn to NOT take it personally. The pointers from the review committees can be extremely valuable learning tools if you listen instead of react. Photographers who have been doing this a long time don’t always have patience for an obviously or even slightly crooked horizon for example, when that can be so easily fixed even with Picasa or Lightroom. Learning to deal with rejection and criticism is something artists and writers have always had to deal with as well… but a writer who is passionate about their dream learns to bite their tongue, stack up those rejection slips and keep on writing, improving as they go. Passionate Photographers grab their cameras and head back out there in the rain and try a different angle and catch a rainbow, or learn something about a program that will help them process photos more effectively to bring out the beauty the camera seldom captures all alone. I don’t get it when someone tells me “but I can’t do what you do”, because I wasn’t able to either, but I kept trying and trying. My Dad used to say “I Can’t is a slugger too lazy to try”. He also said, “Show me someone who never made a mistake and I will show you someone who never did a darn thing!”. DON’T let not knowing stop you! You can weave together a miracle out of moonlight and spider webs, with enough passion and hard work! I studied popular photos on Flickr and other places to train my eye to see what works visually and grabs people’s attention, and I STILL consider myself to be a rank amateur in comparison to some of the amazing photographers out there I admire so much.

Ok, that was my download rant after this remarkable couple days. Never give up. never just get hurt at someones opinion… see if there is something in there that can benefit you and then throw the rest out. Your value does not depend on someone elses opinion, but you might be able to learn something because of that opinion. It is up to each of us how we take such things, what we do with them.

For myself, today made it all worthwhile, watching the coalescence of stars form into galaxies of great beauty that will become treasured Prints upon an appreciative new owner’s wall… even while hope becomes a strand in a rope built of caring and sharing that will become mightier than we even know. A rope that will pull the dreams back out of the mud in Oso and put education back into lives and feed the hard-working souls working to rebuild.
Yes, I am grateful to be here right now. Thank you for sharing it all with me.

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This auction is the second  Facebook fundraiser by Justin in two weeks , all of it for the rebuilding and recovery efforts taking place in Oso and Darrington area of Washington State following a terrifying mudslide that has left way too many homes and lives destroyed.  The first fundraiser, ending less that a week ago, collected $8,500 in bids!   ALL money, 100% of what is gathered, is going into the Cascade Valley Hospital Fund set up in a bank in Arlington, where it all will be going right back into the communities ravaged by the 530 mudslide that buried Oso, Washington.  These links will open  in a new tab

 This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators. 

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

 

ALSO if you are wanting to skip the whole Auction bidding thing, don’t want a picture anyway… you can donate DIRECTLY to that fund via the link just above.  It is all about donating to our Washington neighbors in need! 

#OsoStrong #530slide #530slidephotographyauction

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Bidding at the online Auction on Facebook will begin Friday April 4th @ 7:00 pm PST and will continue for a week.  An incredible collection of images, many from some of the Pacific Northwest stars among photographers, will be available for your bidding pleasure!  Click on either of the following images to see them in the album available, OR:

click on this link to go directly to the group page where you can JOIN the group and be able to bid on the images. 

Facebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington

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If you are already IN the Art for Oso group and just want an easy LINK TO THE GROUP PHOTO ALBUM TO GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF BIDDING, just CLICK on this sentence in blue to go directly to photo album full of  Treasures of great beauty!!!  

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Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

 

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black

Starlisa Black Photography

 

Help one of our elders fulfill his dream!

Final hours to help this amazing elder of our country who has a dream of returning before he dies to the beached of Normandy where so long ago he and many others helped win a major war. This man is an Oregon legend, fishing like no one else and bringing his big grin to the hearts of many.
With all the friends and contacts I have if each of us even put in $1 or $5 or even $25 to help, we could make a real difference in his life with the help of Uncage the Soul Productions and Ben Canales
who has brought us the timelapse videos “Finding Oregon” and “Finding Portland”
this new project of these folks is a heartwarming one that can change the lives of others.

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=50fd65d12c8ad3e5bc0c1e2ce&id=684bd68858&e=3c96b3bd13

With a grateful heart I salute you

Good morning To all my friends

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I have been pretty quiet lately haven’t I? It has been a sad and sweet week and I thought I would just share a little of it with you.

As you might realize I struggle along in life financially and in other ways and yet I still find beauty to share with others. My little 96 Nissan pick up is getting worn out and it is only because of the generosity of others that I have a good camera. People who believe in me have gifted me the cameras I use and the laptop on which I process my photos and order big pictures for selling and sharing. I believe in the goodness of people. That is what my mother taught me and it has true in my life.

This week has been full of evidence of that goodness. I got word that my last living Auntie is very near death in Utah. Family is very important to me and I really wanted to be there with her and her family. When my own parents each died family from Utah came here for their funerals and to support us. That is what family does. My older brothers and sisters are all unable to travel down there due to infirmity or distance. I am really really want to be a representation for our family and could not imagine how I could pull together the money to get down there.

To top it all off in the middle of this my little old laptop, which was a gift, crashed and burned. My ability to keep working on more pictures and orders was gone.

I told my story on Facebook and to people I saw in town and also Advertised a 40% off sale on all my images hanging at the White Salmon Community Library this month. All the money I had went into creating this show and before it a smaller show at our hospital.

By the way the hospital was the most wonderful place to have my pictures. My stated goal of bringing light and the healing of nature into people’s hearts to help them when times are hard was very successful. I got to witness people on their way in for appointments or visiting people who were sick or working there as doctors and nurses and custodians, as they stopped in their tracks, took a deep breath and relaxed while looking at the Images of nature.

Back to the story, I have been in Awe at the outpouring of encouragement and generosity of people both far and near. There have been people drive up from Portland to buy a book or picture, people in town have come to buy pictures for their office or home, and others far away have simply donated money. I now have enough to make the trip to Utah to see family. That alone means the world to me. I had planned on making a trip to see my daughter in Seattle and go to her concert, and she told me that one of us needed to go to Utah and I should take that money I was going to use to see her and go show our support for family. The last time I was on a plane must’ve been 20 or 30 years ago But I know my truck won’t be good for the trip so I’m getting brave.

Another miracle… People have been stepping up to offer their used computers to me, or their services in building a new computer when I get the money for parts.

Meanwhile my 40% off sale at the White Salmon Library will continue through the end of the week. If any of you are in the area and take a trip up the Gorge you should stop by!

I would like very much like to give a huge thank you To the community of White Salmon and beyond to people around the world for their support and help in times of need

If you would like to order something or help donate towards a computer there is a help bucket donation button in the sidebar of this page

Thank you all

Darlisa Black

Sent from my iPhone

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