Autumn and Mount Adams

 

Driving up Highway 141 recently, just before the snow made angels out of burned trees from the Dry Creek Fire, I rolled down my window to soak in the mountain valley air.  The smell of this Summers wildfire mingles with the rich fungal odor of fall.  Surely the Morel mushrooms must be happy, I thought with a wry grin. (More writing and photos below)


Rivers of fog draped across the mountain sides like an undulating snake,  or a scarf tossed carelessly over a shoulder.  Perhaps now that the Drycreek drainage is showing off the new shape that was hidden under the tall evergreens, she’s heading out to a winter party to show off.

Sighing deeply at the loss of the luxuriant evergreen giants, The smile returns as I contemplate the new growth already manifesting on the hillside. Elk, Bear, and Deer will love this change that will bring in more low growing forage of leaf and berries. I recall the bear from a couple summers ago that was feasting on wild blackberries or currents out in the older clear-cut that has been growing back.  Change is part of a forest, both natural and manmade, and often brings about a healthier ecosystem.  Not always, of course, at least not in the short term. However looking at the long-term picture of which we are just a very small part, the world has been changing throughout its history and we live such a short amount of time we tend to think it’s always been this way.  Have we affected these changes?  Certainly we have, and not always for the best, but change will still happen without us at its own pace.  We just seem to rush it along.

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The photos in the post, along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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Meanwhile near Glenwood lovely fall leaves of Vine Maple, Dogwood, Elderberry, and Cottonwood reflected beautifully in a small stream. Glenwood-Fall_10-15-17-1054

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Back in mid October, Outlet Falls was starting to increase the water flow.  I am sure by now there is a great deal more water. Glenwood-fall-OutletFalls_10-15-17_0950

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I finally spotted my first elk herd of the season on Conboy National Wildlife Refuge recently… was not able to get good quality pics but sharing anyway.  The real treat was watching them come out of the field, up and over a fence and across the road, flowing like a river of brown.  They are so big, yet so graceful.

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Here we have a series of Mount Adams from Glenwood, taken about 2 weeks apart.
This first one is October 1, 2017.MtAdams_Glenwood_10-01-17-9752

Next is sunrise October 14.  Notice the snow around and below treeline?  That whole area is a burn scar, hit first by the Cold Springs fire in 2008 and more recently hit hard by the Cougar Creek Fire in 2015.  A bit further west, the burn scar continues its way along the south and west sides of the mountain from the Cascade Creek Fire of 2012.  There have been other fires before those 3 as well, and the Huckleberry bushes love coming back in burns.  Wildflower meadows thrive as well, and the Elk and Deer have more grazing areas.  Glenwood-Fall-MtAdams-sunrise-0897

Sunrise on Halloween DayGlenwood_MtAdams_Alpenglow_10-31-2017-2464

Later on Halloween Day, with a short lived lenticular cloud capGlenwood_MtAdams_Lenticular_10-31-2017_2625

and rainbow from November 1, 2017. Glenwood_MtAdams_Rainbow_11-1-2017_2663

I would love to hear from you..  which were your favorite photos, perhaps, or what fall means to you!

Also, you can check out the menu links on the blog, and click on Photo Galleries to see many more of my photos.   The photos above along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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October Pleasures

This is such a colorful month!  Here are some moments from the month so far that  I enjoyed tremendously and want to share.  There will be more in future pages!  Thank you for coming to see, and please send your friends.

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Early October misty morning Bike rider at Trout Lake, Washington

Early October misty morning Bike rider at Trout Lake, Washington

A few times this month we have had Aurora activity in our area, but this one on October 8-9 is the only one I caught so far.  Taken about 1:18 am at Trout Lake, Washington overlooking Mount Adams.

A few times this month we have had Aurora activity in our area, but this one on October 8-9 is the only one I caught so far. Taken about 1:18 am at Trout Lake, Washington overlooking Mount Adams.

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Mount Adams the next morning after the Aurora

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Autumn on wild Fruit Trees in Pucker Huddle near White Salmon on October 15

Autumn on wild Fruit Trees in Pucker Huddle near White Salmon on October 15

Big old Ponderosa Pine Tree surrounded by colorful Vine Maples along the Forest Rd 23 above Trout Lake

Big old Ponderosa Pine Tree surrounded by colorful Vine Maples along the Forest Rd 23 above Trout Lake

Autumn Glory at Takhlakh Lake October 17, 2013

Autumn Glory at Takhlakh Lake October 16, 2013

Dutch oven cooking over a campfire as snow creeps closer is always invigorating

Dutch oven cooking over a campfire as snow creeps closer is always invigorating

Like giant Missiles emerging from their launch base surrounded by flames, Ponderosa Pines reach for the skies out of a thicket of colorful Vine Maples along forest road 23 out of Trout Lake

Like giant Missiles emerging from their launch base surrounded by flames, Ponderosa Pines reach for the skies out of a thicket of colorful Vine Maples along forest road 23 out of Trout Lake

Sleeping Beauty with Cirrus uncinus clouds

Sleeping Beauty with Cirrus uncinus clouds

My home away from Home, with a cozy little breakfast spot.  This is me after a night chasing the Aurora shown above.

My home away from Home, with a cozy little breakfast spot. This is me after a night chasing the Aurora shown above.

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Handmade 5″ x 7″ Photo notecards can be purchased locally at Artisan’s Jewelry and Gallery, in White Salmon; and in Heavenly Grounds in Trout Lake; as well as Dickey Farms in Bingen,Washington.

For information on any of my photo books, look in the sidebar of this page, and you will find links to albums showing what is in each book.   The calendars will be coming along soon also for 2014 and I will be doing presales, so let me know if you are interested.  I can take checks, cash, PayPal and debit/credit cards, so begin with an email and I will guide you along.

You can also request an assortment of cards by requesting a theme set such as Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams, Trout Lake and Beyond, Mount Hood, Flowers, Animals and Birds, Lenticular Clouds, Atmospheric Optics, Rainbows,  contact me  via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com

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