Soft, Springy Earth

“What a joy it is

to feel the soft, springy

earth under my feet once more,

to follow grassy roads

that lead

to ferny brooks

where I can bathe my fingers

in a cataract of rippling

notes.”

~ Helen Keller

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Random Bits of Pink

Fiery pink, orange and purple sunset over Sleeping Beauty and the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve

I just felt like some COLOR was appropriate, rich vibrant color to counteract the Ice and bitter wind outside. A friend treated me tonight to an amazing day at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, and tonight coming home was the coldest it has been in awhile. So, for all of you anxious for warmer and brighter weather, I present PINK!

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

Orange sunset clouds over green marshland along the Columbia River

 

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.

Sailboats cross paths in the Port of Hood River, during a brilliant pink to purple sunset over the Columbia River.  CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MY BEST IMAGE GALLERIES OR TO BUY PRINTS

 

"Sunrise Glory above the Fog" is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog. This Triptych has been printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24".    For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.    CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

“Sunrise Glory above the Fog” is a mid December 2013 brilliant pink and orange image taken looking East over the Columbia River covered with a thick layer of fog.
This image has been printed as a three panel split on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″. For the Months of February and March this will be on display at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington with many other of my images.
CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE LARGER IN MY BEST GALLERY

 

BREATH OF LIFE

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years.  I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

Lewis River, famous for it green color, was a home every summer in my growing up years. I can feel the presence of my loved ones in this magical place.

BREATH OF LIFE

Breath of life, wash through my body

as I walk besides this sacred stream…

Father and Mother nearby,

I feel them in the smell of the forest,

in the dark of the deep cave…

they are in the water cascading down the mountainside,

in the fish that leap and glide…

their presence warms my heart

I lay upon the freshly wet forest duff..

Their love wraps itself around me like the softest blanket

as I give my tears to the earth…

and send my prayers on wings to the Creator.

Ancient Cedars carry my heart upwards

as the sap rises in the spring, and oh the smell!

Fresh pine gum fills my mouth with the tangy aroma of life,

as I sense my mother’s presence, she

who taught me to chew the delightful gum.

Sounds of the forest catch my attention,

and I remember my dad teaching me to track thru snow…

be alert, always scanning to the front and back

between quick glances at the ground.

A magical place, a sacred space,

not far from home,

yet in another world.

I follow the creek up over waterfalls

and around boulders and logs.

Rich yellow green mosses carpet rocks and soil

in an enticing paradise,

illuminated by spirit, refreshing the soul.

Sacred place,  mystical space….

the burdens of the heart melt deep

into accepting earth,

draining away with my tears into the ground.

Slowly, new life creeps up from the Mother,

infuses the cells of my body with vibrant life energy,

and replaces the pain with joy…

A prayer bursts forth with passion,

Crying to my Father above for release;

a prayer of hope,

a prayer of faith.

As I sit up, reborn from the water of the forest,

I give thanks with all my heart.

The Lord’s Prayer comes to my lips, not as a rote piece,

but full of meaning and life, color and depth…

… each phrase complete

each word from the heart.

I dip my hands into the blessed water

and wash my pain away.

A new life has begun.

~Darlisa~   3/21/05

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River ~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

Mother enjoying her favorite campground where we spent every summer deep in the mountains on the Lewis River
~ Nina Black, born May 18, 1913; died November 7, 2003

Emerald Roads Call My Name

Have you had moments in life when the sun suddenly pops out from behind the clouds and grabs you attention, telling you “GO THIS WAY NOW!!!”? I had one of those Monday morning.

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I headed out early in hopes of a good sunrise, and although sunrise fizzled I still got to spend a couple hours in a magical green kingdom far above the busy world below. Rolling on moss beds taking photos of Grass Widows and moss, and River far below, in a world apart. Yes it was a bit cold, but I was well prepared.. Sure the wind was a lot to take while shooting flowers, but there were calmer moments. A perfect morning simply discovering the details in a place not far from home that i had never seen before.

Grass Widows along the bluff above the Columbia River

Grass Widows along the bluff above the Columbia River

THere were bits of history laying about too, parts of life from long ago.

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and across the river I can almost see my home among the many homes in White Salmon, Washington.

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and there was even a hint of a rainbow in the distance on Underwood Mountain!

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ALSO a reminder before I go… I have my gallery show at the White Salmon Community Library until the last Saturday in March.. not much time left to go check it out if you are in the area!  Turnout has been amazing, and feedback has totally surprised and recharging to my spirit, thank you to all who have given me such lavish feedback!

You can also check out my side bar links, under Calendars and Books tab, to find galleries detailing my available photo books.

Thank you!

Darlisa Black

Starlisa Black Photography