Storm Clouds and Lightning

Here is a simple slideshow of images from July 22, 2014 thunderstorm.  What a wild sunset that was!  Hope you enjoy watching as much as i enjoyed taking the images!  These images are process quite minimally, with nothing added.

News flash below the slide show

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In September, Cycle Oregon will be traveling through Glenwood, Washington, and I will be there with a booth of my photography at the Grange Hall in town. You can learn more from this link:  Glenwood Washington Weather and information

September will also be my gallery show at the White Salmon Library in White Salmon, WA

October-November will be a showing at Mugs Coffee in Bingen, Wa.

Browse my links in the sidebar on this page, especially my Galleries, and the About page!

 

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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.

 

 

Thunderstorms of a wild sort

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August 9, 2013 the Cascades were rocked by a huge thunderstorm of the style you might see in the Midwest I think.
One of the first strikes hit the hill above Bingen, Washington not far from us. Sirens were going off everywhere and power went out. Rainbow and orange clouds and lightning and me dancing out there in the rain soaking wet!!! Up on the hill like a madwoman shooting the lightning. We had sheet Lightning, vertical strikes and many cloud to cloud sideways strikes.
The sky turned Brilliant orange, red and purple at sunset, and at least one person reports seeing a twister come out of the red sky towards Sleeping Beauty just SW of Mount Adams.

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More will be coming later!
Also the Ranger at Bird Creek Meadows, Richard Canapo, says lightning hit a tree on Little Mount Adams but a hard rain appears to have put the fire out. So far so good.

Check out links in the sidebar on this page for prints, books and other info

Finally! A SmugMug Storefront for Prints!

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After much learning I finally am opening
my SmugMug store.

Magical Kingdom of Aurora

Magical Kingdom of Aurora

I am still not happy with their pricing system, so I am going to set up a discount code to use on the Thin Wraps, Canvas Wraps, and Metal Prints. Meanwhile you can still go directly through me on those items via email at starlisa.black@gmail.com The discount code will be about 35% off the listed prices.

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Feel free to give me suggestions or feedback if you see something not working well, or you can help me make it better.

I also still have books and calendars, you can find information in the sidebar menu under Calendars and Books..

Current Events in February

Oh how I love Lenticulars! Yes, if you look over in the sidebar there is a menu link to Lenticular Clouds, a whole gallery of them spanning 6 years.    ALSO please look at the bottom of  this post for current information about my Gallery Shows!

February 11, 2013 Lenticular over Mount Hood

February 11, 2013
Lenticular over Mount Hood

at the same time this morning this is the view down the Gorge from White Salmon

View over Hood River Bridge and down the Columbia River Gorge Feb 11, 2013

View over Hood River Bridge and down the Columbia River Gorge Feb 11, 2013

a couple early February mornings (like Sunday the 10th for instance) there was morning hard frost in White Salmon, WA, and last week i took this frost shot in Odell

Frost on a sunny morning in Odell, Oregon early February

Frost on a sunny morning in Odell, Oregon early February

GALLERY SHOWS CURRENT AND UPCOMING

Stop on by Skyline Hospital in White Salmon,  Washington and enjoy my Gallery Show hanging on their wall until the end of February, just around the corner from the Front Desk.

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MARCH GALLERY SHOW

White Salmon Library will be hosting my show for the month of March, in the Sprint Baker Block Building.  I will be there to talk about my images, and answer any questions.  Come tell me about your favorite places you think should be photographed!

March 9, 2013 will be the Artist Opening, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, complete with snacks and live music by my daughter, the singer/songwriter  Leannan Sidhe.

You can also take a look at my books and calendars while you are there… I will have a display of items for sale, as well as CD’s of my original music by Leannan Sidhe.

You can also take a look at the products in these photo albums of books and calendars

2013 Calendars    There are only a handful of the calendar left, marked down from $25 to $20.00

Photo Books…

Moods of Mount Adams

2012 Photojourney

Trout Lake and Beyond

 Pacific Northwest

Also you can contact me at   starlisa.black@gmail.com    or on facebook at Starlisa Black Photography for special orders.  I work with prints of many sizes, framed or unframed, and especially the new Metal Prints, Thin Wraps, Canvas Wraps, and Standouts.  PRICE LIST AVAILABLE HERE

Also, click here  for my other blog  “In Search of Lifes Beauty” where I post more frequently right now.  You can also find it in the Photo Links tab of the menu and click on blogspot

Current Events

January and early February have been months of amazing sunsets and sunrises and remarkable clouds.

February 2, 2013 from White Salmon, WA

February 2, 2013 from White Salmon, WA

Winter has at least for the moment released its hold in the Columbia River Gorge, and over at Catherine Creek near Lyle the Grass Widows were already starting to bloom before the end of January.

Mighty Oak Trees and Seasonal Ponds

Mighty Oak Trees and Seasonal Ponds

Grass Widows in January!

Grass Widows in January!

GALLERY SHOWS CURRENT AND UPCOMING

Stop on by Skyline Hospital in White Salmon,  Washington and enjoy my Gallery Show hanging on their wall until the end of February, just around the corner from the Front Desk.

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MARCH GALLERY SHOW

White Salmon Library will be hosting my show for the month of March, in the Sprint Baker Block Building.  I will be there to talk about my images, and answer any questions.  Come tell me about your favorite places you think should be photographed!

March 9, 2013 will be the Artist Opening, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, complete with snacks and live music by my daughter, the singer/songwriter  Leannan Sidhe.

You can also take a look at my books and calendars while you are there… I will have a display of items for sale, as well as CD’s of my original music by Leannan Sidhe.

You can also take a look at the products in these photo albums of books and calendars

2013 Calendars    There are only a handful of the calendar left, marked down from $25 to $20.00

Photo Books…

Moods of Mount Adams

2012 Photojourney

Trout Lake and Beyond

 Pacific Northwest

Also you can contact me at   starlisa.black@gmail.com    or on facebook at Starlisa Black Photography for special orders.  I work with prints of many sizes, framed or unframed, and especially the new Metal Prints, Thin Wraps, Canvas Wraps, and Standouts.  PRICE LIST AVAILABLE HERE

Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

September 8, 2012 while the Highway 141 fire near White Salmon was beginning to wind down, a Lightning storm swept through the area and started at least 40 wildfires in Washington and another large amount in Oregon.  Some of the fires were put out quickly, but others like the one on the south side of Mount Adams 9 miles out of Trout Lake continues to grow. Smoke fills the valley making it hard on locals with allergies and asthma. 

Most of this fire is in the Wilderness area, and much of what is burning is dead diseased trees that have accumulated in recent years creating a dangerous situation.  In reality the fire, while deadly to slower moving wildlife, will in the long run provide a much needed cleansing in the forests.  When we thought we were saving the trees by stopping all forest fires and cutting in our wildernesses, we actually created a tinderbox waiting to burn!   In the natural scheme of things, fires caused by lightning provided an important function in the Wilderness, clearing out diseases and pests, opening up space for new growth, and in the case of Lodgepole Pine providing the catalyst needed to open the cones and prepare the seeds for growing.  Sadly, at this point things have gone too far and now a fire causes a great deal more harm on the way to creating good!

In any case, We have an awesome crew of Fire personnel at work in Trout Lake and the forest hard at work in containing the fire and keeping Trout Lake Valley safe.  I slept in my tent near the airfield for a couple days at my brother Roger’s place, and the sound of the helicopters coming and going was actually comforting, knowing they were working to protect us. 

 

This first image was on the first evening of the fire, in Trout Lake at the School.

 

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The inciweb site below is updated daily, and an afternoon update today had some good news about the cars trapped by the fire.  Unfortunately a few days ago 2 of the cars left at Morrison Creek camp were torched… another one had melted paint and such and a 4th was untouched. 

todays update in part:

“1700 Hr Update: 10 cars were brought down from the South Climb trailhead to a safety zone where they will not be burned. Increased fire activity prevented moving them all the way down. Chances are good that they can be brought down to base camp tomorrow. The fire was active today, but no major runs.

 

FIRE STATUS & RESOURCES

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Acres Burned: 6,467

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 578

Serious Injuries: None

Crews: 17

Engines: 7

Dozers: 6

Water Tenders: 14

Helicopters: 5″

Inciweb Link 

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