One Day’s Adventures, Glenwood and Beyond

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

These images are linked to my best photo galleries, if you click on them you will see these and many more images available for purchasing and sharing on social media with your friends (by using the share buttons under the images) They tell the story of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 up in the high Prairies around Glenwood, Washington.

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A day that started with a meeting in Glenwood led to all day of wandering through the mountains and along the Klickitat River, then back home through Glenwood along Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  A day of recharging and serenity and beauty. I wanted to share some of that with you!  It started out with misty fog over the flooded fields of Camas Praire near Glenwood.

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog.  Photo by Darlisa Black, www.starlisa.net

country ranching road gets flooded and disappears into the fog

There was only a sign that said no Hunting… so I wandered down the road.  after a bit along came a truck full of ranchers (Kreps Ranch owns much of this area) asking me what I was up to… I showed my pics and explained I had not seen any No Trespassing signs and thought this was part of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge which covers much of the flooded fields.  He was sure there was a sign, but I checked again on the way out and there was not.  I asked him if I could make it up to him with a picture and he thought that might work just fine ūüôā  and gave me his email.   I also asked him if it were possible to get official permission to be in here, and he said maybe after March, as they have business this month and don’t want people in there .

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Ranching road disappears into the flooded fields on the Kreps Ranch near Glenwood, Washington. Mount Adams stands tall over Conboy Lake NWR

For a short time in spring and fall this high altitude praire often floods, looking like a lake for a few weeks.  This road disappears under water during that time. Mount Adams shines through the fog across the Kreps Ranch and the Conboy Lake National  Wildlife Refuge.  Photo by Darlisa Black of Starlisa Black Photography

Mount Adams shines in the lovely morning light as fog lifts off the seasonal lake

Since I already had my pics and needed to get on to the meeting (I was now quite late, but the light had grabbed me!)  I walked on back to my truck and headed down the road.

As the day went on, these are some of the treasures I found.

Grandmother Aspen tree surrounded by babies, slender white trees in winter dancing around an old aspen with many Eye shaped scars on the trunk.  ~ "I've Got My Eye on You! ~ photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

“I’ve Got My Eye on You! ~ Grandmother Aspen with all the babies

Aspen Saplings in Snow photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Saplings in Snow

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight ~ Photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Aspen Trees in Snow with sunlight

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Mountain Goats on cliffs near the Klickitat River

Glenwood Barns, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

Glenwood Barns

Glenwood Barns and flooded fields, photo by Starlisa Black Photography

barns and flooded fields, Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Tree reflected in flooded fields near Glenwood, Washington

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Herd of Elk with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset.  Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Young Bull Elk with really long spikes, with Golden light just before sunset. Right along the BZ-Glenwood Highway not far from town.

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

Sun Pillar at sunset over Conboy Lake

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Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington. Photo by Darlisa Black www.starlisa.net

Sun Pillar over Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, sunset March 11, 2014 near Glenwood, Washington.

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It was a really grand day, thank you for coming to share it with me!
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Horsethief Butte, Lake, and Lennies :-)

What a day for a daydream… la la la! ¬† This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14. ¬†Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three. ¬†Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.

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A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art

A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art images

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I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte.  Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating

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Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors

Horsethief-Butte_Lennies_4862-4  Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport.  Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport. Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

Horsethief-Butte_Lennies_4877-6  Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport.

Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport. This image available for purchase as prints  in my photo galleries, just Click on the image to learn more.  Also, It would make a great Metal print, gallery quality. Contact me for options.

To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.

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This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months. ¬† Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body! ¬† Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..

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