Frosty morning in Trout Lake

First time in awhile, i actually got up early before sunrise and ran out with my camera! Felt so good, too. ❤️😀❤️Although i sm sure my fingers wete on the edge of frostbite again. 🤪⛄️. Watched the moon setting, and the glorious new day shine on sparkly snow. Light shining into the darkest crevices of the soul cleaning out some winter cobwebs. Life is good!!

Here are a few phone pics for now. I am crossing my fingers that the camera card that suddenly told me i needed to format it will still be able to be downloaded. That moon over Trout Creek was soooo pretty.

Enjoy! Hope your day is full of happy moments of beauty and kindness.

Check out my Photo Galleries link in the blog menu to see some of my best images. I do not have a storefront, but you can contact me directly.

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Eclipse 2017, Shaniko

YES IT WAS WORTH THE TRIP!!! Seriously phenomenal!!! We had 1 min 27 seconds totality in Shaniko, Oregon. Not enough but incredible. The sky was violet, the corona alive. My daughter and her friend danced for joy and I am so happy I could share this with them. In fact if it were not for them I might not have come down here. I even managed to get a few shots :).

These are snapshots of the photos from my big camera, taken with my phone of the back of my camera. Can we have a do over please? 😀😀😀⭐️

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!

Meadow Rock Rainbow

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton

Meadow Rock Rainbow

Meadow Rock Rainbow

Some moments are just meant to be captured.  This rainbow was taken moments after I heard about my cousin Veldon passing away.  If you look close at the upper right end of the primary bow, there are supernumerary bows, or extra layers.  Moments earlier it was pouring down rain.

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.

Mattie Stepanek

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Please enjoy yourself clicking on my galleries tab in the menu to see my best photos! 

LIfe is an everchanging Process

No matter what life throws our way

we can overcome

endure

and even move forward.  

At times the moments can be full of shadows

and hurt, 

but go around that next corner

and the LIght returns

to brighten your 

Day. 

What we do with that light

is up to each of us.

We can hide it in our proverbial closets

and try to keep it all for ourselves…. 

but it slips away. 

We can shine the light out from 

our hearts

for others to find their way, 

and it returns 

brighter.

Our choice.  Move

Forward into that LIght!  Let it fill the hearts of others

so that they may shine for you 

in dark times.

Together, spirits shining, move 

Forward into that Light, 

Together.

Give Thanks.

     ~darlisa black August 16, 2014

Road to Mount Rainer

Road to Mount Rainer

Power of Nature

This last week we have had some amazing sunsets and thunderstorms. and I was lucky enough to get some images that made me dance.  These are all from Oregon and Washington near the Columbia River, White Salmon and Hood River.

July 21 was amazing when the sky blew up in all directions.  On Facebook I have seen so many amazing images from that sunset in many places in the PNW, and of course the smoke from so many fires certainly add color to the sunsets.  The color cannot all be blamed on  the smoke however, as we get these colors occasionally year around.

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These next 3 images are also on my Smugmug site in the best print gallery.  You can see them large in high resolution by clicking on the images.  They will open in a new tab.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over Mount Hood July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

 

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this image was taken at the end of twilight, long after most visible sunset glow had faded. Using a 30 second exposure, we are able to see the remnants of color more strongly.

 

 

As if all that beauty was not enough, July 22 was an amazing Thunderstorm traveling north from Oregon up through Washington along the Cascades.  These next images are from that evening, and the cloud photos all have faces that are remarkable.

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The upper cloud is where the face is as shown in the previous post, and the clouds below looming over the hills east of Hood River, Oregon are the thunderheads that become the storm shown with lightning below.

These next two storm photos at sunset are available for purchase and can be seen large by clicking on the photos.  They will show up in a new tab on your browser.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see.  Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North.   This shot was taken near the end of sunset.  I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see. Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North. This shot was taken near the end of sunset. I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

 

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible.  High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo.  It will open in a new tab on your browser.

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible. High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo. It will open in a new tab on your browser.

 

 

On a Roll with the January Sunsets!

Tonight January 4th we had another lovely sunset in the PNW, and again I caught just the tail end going into twilight from White Salmon, Washington.  Here are tonight’s images!  Click on the image to see it bigger on my photo sharing site.  The previous post was another sunset in the Gorge on January 2, 2014.  It is already a good year!

 

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also regarding my calendars this year… I am out of both Mount Adams and The Gorge, but I still have desk Calendar and Fire Calendars.  You can see more about those and my coffee table books here, just click on the photo below:

Fire Calendar January

Fire Calendar January

The Sunset that blew away the Northwest

Series of images:  I only caught the tail end of this surprise that happened after the sunset itself seemed to be over on January 2, 2014.  These first two are my own, and they link to my photo site on SmugMug

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Both were taken from the edge of White Salmon, Washington looking West down the Columbia River Gorge

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this next one is from a Cape Kiwanda/Pacific City  Webcam at the Oregon Coast that night

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Click Here:::  THIS IMAGE IS MY FAVORITE!!!  ON FACEBOOK  by Sherylita Mason Cruise

 

YOu can also see this sunset in a video here on KGW  http://www.kgw.com/video?id=238535671&sec=547977&ref=articlevidmod

 

KOIN 6 News also posted a huge gallery collection of images from January 2, the first killer sunset this year! Just Click on this link to see the gallery on Koin 6

This is a slideshow on Fox 12 News that included a great shot by another photographer in my area, Linda Steider

This next image was taken by Gary Randall of Mount Hood, and clicking on the link takes you to see  Gary’s Flickr post of the most amazing sunset on nearby Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds 

Fox 12 has a lovely slideshow of images sent in to the news that night  You can see the slideshow on this link to Fox 12

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I just sold out of the Gorge area calendars, but I have one calendar each of Mount Adams, and Barns and Buildings, plus a handful of Desk calendars and Fire Calendars.

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Fire Calendar February page.  Click on the image to see details on all the calendars and books

Glory Above the Fog

Sunrise on Dec 22 was an amazing sight to behold, lifting the spirits to the heavens.  So far I have come up with this set of processed images for sale.  clicking on any of these will take you to the image in my SmugMug portfolio.   I can gaurantee there will be more from this day as time goes on!

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I just ordered this Triptych of one of these images to use in upcoming Gallery shows in the White Salmon and Hood River area of the Columbia River Gorge.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16x24" in size, giving a combined wall size of 50x24"  Cost to purchase such a display of this or another image would be $690.00.  The metal prints are Brilliant color that last for generations, ready to hang, scratch resistant and washable with window cleaners.

This Triptych is being printed on Metal, and each panel is 16×24″ in size, giving a combined wall size of 50×24″ Cost to purchase such a display of this or another image would be $690.00.  a smaller version with each panel measuring 12×18″ would cost $430.00.  The metal prints are Brilliant color that last for generations, ready to hang, scratch resistant and washable with window cleaners.

 

 

 

Thank you for coming to visit!  I love comments and likes… and you can use share buttons at the bottom of posts if you wish.

Also, I still have a few calendars, particularly Desk and Fire Calendars available for purchase.  Information on the calendars and on my books can be seen by clicking on this calendar photo below

Desk Calendar September
Desk Calendar September

Light Through Aspens

Light through Aspens Conboy National Wildlife Refuge

Light through Aspens
Conboy National Wildlife Refuge

Soon there will be many more images from this weeks adventures, but I wanted to give you one for today since I have not updated recently.  Such glorious perfect fall weather we have been blessed with lately!

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ALSO the images hanging currently at North Shore cafe will need to come down on Halloween day, and I am offering 40% off the large classic images on display there!!!

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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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Thank you!  be sure to go tell your favorite photographers thank you, there are so many of us!  We are all over Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, 500px, Smugmug, Pinterest and many more.  Remember to use share buttons that link back to the original photographer,  and encourage people to click on the photos and give credit to the photographers.  Holidays are coming, remember us for your shopping needs!