On my way back from the woods Wednesday evening, i witnessed this wonderful sunset over Mount Adams, from Glenwood, WA.
No matter what you do in life, no matter what traumas or Joys happen around you, you can always look around you in this beautiful world and find good things to warm your heart. Feeling very peaceful and content today, and here are some of the reasons why.
An evening progression of Standing Wave Clouds near Mount Adams Monday 3/26, starting in Trout Lake, Washington and driving to Glenwood further east and north.
Looking north in Trout Lake:
Looking south and east
And south and west:
Again looking north, halfway between Trout Lake and Glenwood:
And looking at the same clouds from Glenwood side, with a barely visible Mt. Adams:
Panorama directly North:
Panorama looking West from near the rodeo grounds:
And again a bit later
Looking South near sunset in Glenwood:
Including an iPhone video just for fun:
Last gasp from east side of Glenwood, looking North and West, including Mount Adams:
And a link to my Lennies album on my SmugMug site:
I have many more images at Starlisa.SmugMug.com as well, and this album in particular has the best quality images for ordering large prints, although you have to contact me directly to do so.
I’m sure you figured out by now that I’m fascinated by clouds, and how they change so quickly sometimes. These clouds in Glenwood yesterday had their own unique metamorphosis during the evening hours. I will be posting another series as well in a separate post.
Mount Adams glowed with a lovely pre-sunrise pink and blue deliciousness that pulled me out of bed after only 3 hours of sleep, to stumble outside with camera in hand. By the time the sunrise kissed the mountain top, the pink had gotten brilliant. I was staying in Glenwood, Washington, where I have a wonderful view of Mount Adams from my friends house.
These are only iPhone pics, but I really wanted to share now! The color is not quite as brilliant as my eyes were seeing. This is an unusual event; typically the lenticular clouds more often are seen far ro the right of the mountain from this location. Last night between 8:15 and 8:38 pm we had roaring sudden gusts of 40 mph winds, which dropped to 30 mph gusts for the next hour. Base winds ranged roughly from 8-15 mph, fluctuating BETWEEN GUSTS from the SW to SE, and back to SSW. Temps at that time were 44 deg. F. This morning it was below freezing and I ran out without my gloves 😂💕 Oops
May your day be blessed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here we have a series of Mount Adams from Glenwood, taken about 2 weeks apart.
This first one is October 1, 2017.
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.
Sunrise on Halloween Day
Later on Halloween Day, with a short lived lenticular cloud cap
and rainbow from November 1, 2017.
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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Thanks for your feedback!
Last night barrels and buckets full of rain fell in Glenwood, WA and in much of the northwest. In spite of flooded foundations and water over the roadway, it all looks beautiful when the sun pops out and a rainbow shines.
This last rainbow is one from Friday, October 20 along Highway 141 near White Salmon, Washington.
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.
I feel so blessed to be able to stay with friends in Glenwood for this transition time between homes. The air is so fresh, conversations so lively and profound, in between long spells of mutual silence working on separate projects on our computers.
This is a land of broad expansiveness, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, people helping one another, and Mount Adams over it all.
I was blessed to take some of many photos yesterday of my great niece Hannah’s wedding to Brandon, and have been processing those today. Here are a few faves so far. Laughter was a strong component:
One last photo from 9/23/17 from sunset in Goldendale, WA.
Wishing you all a wonderful week, and much beauty around you.
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While the majority of my aurora shots have been from Trout Lake side of Mount Adams, I found this series of shots in my archives that had been forgotten, from Glenwood, WA. June 1, 2013 Mount Adams still features strongly. The first two shots were of something I have not experienced any other time; and […]