Catherine Creek Earth Day

My journey continue today after the previous post with a walk at Catherine Creek. It was truly so pleasant, and I took the opportunity to play in the grass quite frequently :-). I felt such a peaceful simple joy laying in the grass, in the sunshine.

Enjoy!

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June Sunset in the Gorge

Recently I was treated to an amazing sunset over the Columbia River Gorge in White Salmon, Washington.  I drove to the top of a hill, met some new friends, and fell in love all over again with clouds and wind in my hair on a hill top as day deepened into twilight.  Do you know that feeling?  If not, find yourself out there somewhere, by a river, on a hilltop, in a desert.  Watch past the sunset, watch for the fading light, the appearance of first planets and stars… and just breathe it all in with Gratitude.

For anyone who misses my more regular posts, I have no internet at home and it has been challenging to get somewhere with everything to post, when I do pop on internet, I have so many things to catch up on I get very little done!

Anyone want to help with that? I have a Tip Jar, a donate button on my wordpress website here, on the right sidebar down aways. Working my way back into the world again slowly, it has been a slow process this year, and have not been able to really work much lately. Things are looking up however! I will be an intern this summer at the museum in Bingen on weekends… you should pop in there and check out the displays, make a small donation to the museum, or even become a member for $20 a year for individuals!

February 16 sunset

Well the sky was wild tonight!  In between the call that let me know my sis was going to the ER again this week after Dialysis with super low blood pressure, and the trip to Hood River to pick her up after she stabilized again, the sky exploded.  I took a few minutes to run to the nearby bluff and catch a few shots, and then headed to the hospital to pick her up.  They just had to give her a bit of time for her heart rate to pick back up again, she is back on track once more.

These are straight out of the camera… no processing…  and I had the camera set on standard settings, no extra color boost or contrast.

Click on the first photo, and use the right and left arrows to see them all large size.

While I do not yet have any of tonights sunset ready to print, I do have some other amazing sunsets and other images in my galleries, which you can reach from the menu at the top of the sidebar, or by clicking on this last image which is part of a display on the wall at Solstice Wood FIred Cafe in Hood River, Oregon .

Click on this image:

Mackerel Sky Sunset over the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Bridge

Layers of Gorgeous

Taken earlier in December, this image represents my favorite view of the Gorge for the year.  I reprocessed a bit from the previous version and wanted to share it again.   Taken from the hills above White Salmon, Washington looking West down the Columbia River Gorge.

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My new calendars will be around January 5-8, and most of this batch are spoken for.  I can order another batch if there are folks still wanting on the list.  Email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com to order, and the specific details and prices are on this page:   2015 Mount Adams and Gorge Calendars

Thanks for your visit!

Darlisa

Frozen Fishermen

I took this series of photos from the sand bar at the mouth of the White Salmon River this last Monday when temps hovered around 18 degrees F before factoring in wind factor.  I not sure who was the craziest, this man and child, or me, the crazy photographer!  🙂

Any opinions on the best fishing boat shots?

And now for the crazy photographer!  Here are some selfies I took showing my well layered attire and to show that I know how to stay warm 🙂

Rowena Fire 2014 UPDATED

UPDATE Aug 9:  The fire was listed as 55 % contained this morning, with 3,565 acres total.  I believe that 3 houses burned and my thought and prayers are with the families, but grateful no lives were lost.  3 other structures burned as well.  All evacuations were dropped to Level 1 and people could return to their homes with caution.  Mopping up and burn outs continue and lets hope that wind does not kick back up hard!  So far so good.  I am adding a small collection of images to the first gallery showing what I could see Friday evening.  Some of these fire images have been shown on news like KGW, and I was contacted by CBS in New York about using an image for their coverage of this fire. I am so appreciative of our Firefighter heros that worked so hard in such dangerous condiitions!  Also,  for those who are so broken hearted about the destruction of nature… I have watched several areas now recover following fire and wildflowers will come back better than ever.  Many of the trees have not been killed, just charred on the edges, and will recover.  Dead falls have been cleaned up which will help with pest problems and future fire hazard.  Poison Oak and Ticks might even get slowed down briefly!  Animals and birds for the most part will have moved out of range of fire, and new grass will grow in better than before providing improved grazing for deer and elk.  You will be amazed in a year or three how quickly many things will return.

Original Post:   Rowena Fire started in the switchbacks along Historic Highway 30 just to the East of Rowena Crest in the Columbia Gorge, and just west of the town of Rowena, Oregon.  First spotted August 5th at 9:15 pm, and Showing up in force August 6, the fire rapidly grew in the next 24 hours to 2,600 acres, and then to 3,372 acres by the morning of August 8.  Currently (Aug 8) there are 659 personnel fighting this fire, with 6 Helicopters dumping water on the fire and many Fire engines are used around the perimeter. 740 residences are threatened by the fire in Rowena and the Chenowith area.  Back burning operations have begun between Rowena and The Dalles.

This short timelapse video is a video speeded up to 16x speed and a few still photographs added in… no sound only the images.   Just click on the link from this sentence.

Here is a gallery of the Photographs taken August 6 in the evening Click on an image to see it larger, and use arrows to see the rest of the images.

Some of my better images will also be in the Wildfire gallery on my SmugMug website.  Go there by clicking on this link for wildfire gallery where they can also be purchased.

Thank you for your visit.  I have always been fascinated with documenting area Wildfires as you can see in the Wildfire Gallery Link which will open in a new tab.

Even more complete collection of local wildfire images can be seen on my Flickr Page here showing several photo albums from different Fires.  Click on this link to go to my Flickr Wildfire Collection and it will open in a new tab in your browser.

Sun over Fog, Columbia Gorge in December

Hi folks!  I have been working hard on a big project for information in the Columbia River Gorge and Klickitat County, Washington, and will give you a peek at the process soon.  Meanwhile here is a multi frame stitched Panorama view of the Fog blanket in the Columbia River Gorge December of 2013… it was remarkable.

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this was the same morning as the large metal Triptych currently hanging on display in Hood River, Oregon at Boda’s Kitchen

Currently hanging as a Triptych (3 metal panels each one 16 x 24") with this image spread across all three panels.  More information on Triptychs and clusters can be found by clicking on the link below this image.  Clicking on the  image itself will take you to the image in my galleries.

Currently hanging as a Triptych (3 metal panels each one 16 x 24″) with this image spread across all three panels. More information on Triptychs and clusters can be found by clicking on the link below this image. Clicking on the image itself will take you to the image in my galleries.

Here is the link to the information on Triptychs, Clusters and Splits.  This is also in the Menu to the right.

You can also see the example hanging at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, link above.

 

Another Fire Sky Sunset in the Gorge!

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014.  CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints.  See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014. CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints. See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

 

I had a stupendous evening up on this hill in Washington not far from White Salmon, watching the sky flare up then fade back down.  Color lasted for over an hour in the clouds as though a magic wand had waved over them so they could hold the color.

A bit later, looking South at Mount Hood, colors were becoming more pastel

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.   CLICK ON PHOTO to see this one in the Photo Galleries

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.
CLICK ON PHOTO to see this one in the Photo Galleries

 

This last shot is a 3 frame panorama taken as the sunset was just getting going, earlier than the previous images.

This Panorama can be seen at better resolution or ordered as a print by CLICKING on the PHOTO

This Panorama can be seen at better resolution or ordered as a print by CLICKING on the PHOTO

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Thank you for coming to visit, and feel free to use the share buttons, my images are copyrighted and any use besides the share button must go through me first.

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Thursday Jan. 16 from 5-8 pm is a Community Business Fair in the event room at Skyline Hospital.  Admission is free, there will be food samples and raffles… come have fun if you are in the area!  Click on the poster below to go the Mt. Adams Chamber site for more information

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New Desk calendar!

Very sturdy quality by Shutterfly like my other calendars, these lovely items are sure to brighten any desk! Only $18.00 each or 3 or more only $15.00 each. Only 20 calendars on hand, first come first serve. I can tell you I am delighted with the way these came out! Just arrived today. Email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com to order. I can send you an invoice which can be paid by credit, debit, paypal, or money order.

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