Autumn Colors

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In Honor of Loved Ones

In Honor of Loved Ones

Town Color in Autumn

Town Color in Autumn

Trout Lake Creek early Autumn

Trout Lake Creek early Autumn

Aspen Golds at Camas Praire

Aspen Golds at Camas Praire

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Journey into Paradise

May Day dawned with the decision to head to the hills again for the first time in far too long.
I finally achieved escape velocity after various errands.  A short stop in Trout Lake, a side trip to the Ice caves (with no ice left!!) and then on my way up the 23 road.  Thanks to my niece Kate I was able to stay overnight, which is rare these days.  I spent most of the time at Takhlakh Lake relaxing.  No snow left, and already several  campers.  Camping is free until the end of May, so it is a great time to be there.  No Mosquitoes yet either, thank heavens.   here are a few quick saves while I download a lot of photos… Most of these will get more attention later on, these are mostly all unprocessed, which means dust bunnies are rampant since I need to clean my camera badly!   Thanks for coming by!

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Autumn On a Rainy Day

This time of year is such a delight for photographers, and we bustle about in rain or sun to capture the changing seasons.  For me the smell of rain after a long dry summer filled with wildfires is a glorious treasure.  Watching mushrooms pop up out of the formerly dry ground, and mosses turn brilliant greet, is always a treat.

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tiny dancing mushroom growing in moss along the Pacific Crest Trail near the Wind River in southern Washington

tiny dancing mushroom growing in moss along the Pacific Crest Trail near the Wind River in southern Washington

Panther Creek Road crosses the mountains between Wind River and Trout Lake

Panther Creek Road crosses the mountains between Wind River and Trout Lake

Life on the Lewis River, Memories of Youth

Lower Falls on the Lewis River

Lower Falls on the Lewis River

 

Lower Falls on the Lewis River is a place full of happy childhood memories.  Where as most people who go there are most familiar with this viewpoint and the nearby campground, I remember a time this campground was brand new and small, and very few people came this way.  90 road did not go all the way through back then, and upriver aways there was another campground that is now inaccessible by car. The old Sheep Bridge Camp was our family hangout.  Mom was fond of saying that I camped there even BEFORE I was born.  To get to this falls we would have to climb and wade downriver on the other side, and it could only really be done safely in lower water times.   As an adolescent I was already wading across this river in many places, with a walking stick bracing me against the rugged current, and water up to my chest.  I proudly followed my Daddy everywhere, even places Mom did not go herself.  Of course my Mom was 45 when I was born, and now that I am dealing with arthritis myself I understand better why she did not rush into the icy water as quickly as I did!  Dad had it made… he just wore his chest waders.

Happy days, peaceful nights… sometimes we would camp for a couple of weeks at a time up in this paradise.  More often we hiked upriver to the Middle Falls, or across the old Sheep Bridge (before the ends were pulled off for supposed safety considerations), up the trail to the Lewis River trail to the Upper Falls. When the 90 road started getting built on through to connect the Lower Falls with the 23 road to make a big loop, it tore up this gorgeous deep forest trail, so we walked up the road part way and then down the hill through the trees to Lower Falls.  One time several of us found our way through the woods above the Upper Falls and discovered yet another waterfall which we simply dubbed the “Upper Upper Falls”.  We used a rope to climb down to the river to fish.  Dad and I wandered downriver to stand in the middle of the river leaning on the huge rock that has been at the top of Upper Falls for many years, where we could look over this lovely waterfall from the top, for the first time.  Things sure looked different from that point of view.

As the years went on, and my brothers and sisters had child after child, the camps grew bigger and bigger, until there would be wonderful times when the campground was full of the Black and Kyte families, and kids with bikes made trails through the woods and campground.  I miss those days so much… when our home was on the Lewis.

this was our wading pool and swimming hole when the water was higher.  We got water here for the campsite.  The green is heavily influenced by a smooth green shale on the river bottom.

this was our wading pool and swimming hole when the water was higher. We got water here for the campsite. The green is heavily influenced by a smooth green shale on the river bottom.

My brother Boyce fishing near the camp

My brother Boyce fishing near the camp

I love the emerald waters.

I love the emerald waters.

Lower Falls near the top

Lower Falls near the top

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on a hike in return visit, I and my dog Rio sat on this rock in the middle of the river and played my flute.

on a hike in return visit, I and my dog Rio sat on this rock in the middle of the river and played my flute.

Lower Falls on the Lewis River  at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

Lower Falls on the Lewis River at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

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 Fall 5741

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

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.

If you CLICK on the images, most of them will link you to the corresponding image on my Smugmug storefront.  Enjoy!!!

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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For paper prints alone, you can order many different images in many sizes here by clicking on this image.

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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

Notecard packs are  6 cards with envelopes for $20  or   10 cards for $30

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