A Month for Sunsets

Just this week alone there have been several remarkable sunset.  Since the last post I have chased a couple more in White Salmon, Washington.  Funny, I use the term “chased the sunset” as a gauge to how I am doing…or chasing clouds… If I do not say that for awhile, it is time to examine my priorities and take better care of myself!

June 18, 2016, on foot, walking the streets near home looking for a clear view for Mount Hood and the sweet standing wave clouds.

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Same day, a drive up on a hill gave me this view of the Columbia River Gorge at sunset.June18-GorgeSunset-WS_5543

June 19th I was busy in the house and looked out the window and ran out into the street to catch these shots at the twilight hour.

 

January Fog Days

These shots are all from January 24, 2014, a sunny day but with lingering fog that returned at sunset.  There will be more from this day!

Mount Hood from near Bingen, WA

Mount Hood from near Bingen, WA

Iridescent clouds

Iridescent clouds

Iridescence on clouds over Columbia

Iridescence on clouds over Columbia

Fog and Hood River Lights over Columbia River

Fog and Hood River Lights over Columbia River

Winter Cards Sale

I have a winter set of 5 x 7″ notecards available as random assortment or handpicked selection. These are printed directly as color copies of a PDF file, onto a glossy coverstock paper using a high quality printer, and were quite popular recently at the Trout Lake Christmas Bazaar!
PRICE: 10 pack with envelopes for $25 or 6 for $15
I can take payment via paypal, debit/ credit, or check.

Include shipping and handling of $5 (or $7 for larger orders of 20 or more) and tax on Washington orders.

Two options:

1. Order a random set and I will pick out the number of cards you want for you ;
2. Give me a list of card numbers and how many of each in an email to starlisa.black (at) gmail (dot) com or on facebook message at https://www.facebook.com/StarlisaBlack . Include your email, and I can send you an invoice which you can pay with paypal, or credit/debit cards; or send a check to

Darlisa Black
P.O. Box 854,

White Salmon, WA, 98672

These cards have no writing inside, but on the back there is a fair amount of information on what and where, and in some cases a bit of history and other tidbits about our area. I intentionally left them as generic winter cards primarily because I have a wide range of friends and fans on many religious and non religious paths in life and I like to honor individual choice.

Requiem of Ice

Friends have created this amazing video, “Requiem of Ice”.  Thank you to Ben Canales, John Waller and the others at Uncage the Soul Productions.

Experience a visual and narrative odyssey of the largest glacier cave system in the lower 48 states.
Produced, written, and directed 2014 by Uncage the Soul Productions uncagethesoul.com from Portland, Oregon.

For additional details and a photo gallery, visit uncagethesoul.com/news/requiem-of-ice/

To see the original video on Vimeo, click here:  Requiem of Ice on Vimeo

Well written article on this process here:  Article in Shred Hood 

This next video is documenting the process of making the first video!

Smokey Sunset and Good Friends

Marvelous combination for an almost autumn day !  An opportunity was given me to meet an online friend from Australia and I ran with the chance.  As a bonus new friends and old friends mingled for lunch and shooting sunset (in classic photographer meetup fashion worldwide).  Gary Randall, one of the brothers of my heart rather than blood, helped make this happen with his sweetie Darlene Cox, our dear Australian friend Hillary Younger, and Hudson Henry from Portland area. This  Grand day included  excellent food from El Burro Loco in Welches, Oregon, and a hairy drive up long mountain roads to Flagg Mountain lookout.  These are the moments in a photographers life that help us remember the joy in what we do wandering around the county and sometimes around the world observing and capturing the unusual moments in life and the beauty of nature.  Of course it also helps when someone actually buys some of this beauty, and I am so appreciative of those who have understood the work that I and others put into creating our art, and showed their appreciation through purchases both large and small.

Gary Randall has been seriously following his art and his dream this last few years, and not only sells prints but also leads workshops and is licensed as a guide in the National Forest and in the Columbia River Gorge.  You can learn more about him and his work on this website Gary Randall Fine Art Photography .  His sweet girlfriend Darlene is a jewel and also a fine photographer in her own right.

Hillary is a marvelous photographer from Tasmania, with a heart as deep as the ocean and a deep caring for the hill people of Ladakh.

Hudson Henry is remarkable, energetic and creative and fun.  You can see his website here:   Hudson Henry   Ironically, I had saved a draft of this post with the title as is, and then hours later read Hudson’s post which has almost the same title!

A few images from the event, beginning with my quick trip to Sandy for a headlight so I could stay out after dark!

Taken in the afternoon of Sept 15 from Sandy, Oregon as the 36 Pit Fire flared up again.

Taken in the afternoon of Sept 15 from Sandy, Oregon as the 36 Pit Fire flared up again.

Brother and Sister PPV enjoying a sunset. (PPV is Gary's name for a Photography Pursuit Vehicle.  Or was that Personal Photography Vehicle?)   In any case, His PPV did not leave mine in the dust, lil sis kept up just fine.

Brother and Sister PPV enjoying a sunset. (PPV is Gary’s name for a Photography Pursuit Vehicle. Or was that Personal Photography Vehicle?) In any case, His PPV did not leave mine in the dust, lil sis kept up just fine.

The Sun was fascinating seen through the smoke laden sunset from atop Flag Mountain lookout

The Sun was fascinating seen through the smoke laden sunset from atop Flag Mountain lookout

Dropping swiftly below the horizon, the sun was a ball of luminescent red in the smoky sky.

Dropping swiftly below the horizon, the sun was a ball of luminescent red in the smoky sky.

As the colors faded, I was still shooting... my friends!  Hudson, Hillary, and Gary

As the colors faded, I was still shooting… my friends! Hudson, Hillary, and Gary

Gary was a blur of action catching all the Comps, while Hudson stood still long enough  to capture as he caught the fading sunset.

Gary was a blur of action catching all the Comps, while Hudson stood still long enough to capture as he caught the fading sunset.

and of course, one last blast of color long after most people think sunset is over.  I loved the layers here.

and of course, one last blast of color long after most people think sunset is over. I loved the layers here.

 

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Lenticulars and Sunset July 3, 2014

Seemingly all over the Pacific Northwest on July 3, the sunset lit up the sky with wonderful wild fire colors.  Prior to that over Mount Hood and Mount Adams, and continuing downwind to the East of White Salmon, WA, long strings of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds stacked up in clusters running primarily North and South across the Columbia River Gorge.  This set of images was all taken in the late evening of that day, from above White Salmon. Below at the bottom of the post are some links regarding lenticular clouds, weather, and atmospheric optics.

As I drove through White Salmon, Washington there were streamers overhead, and long stacks of lenticular plates building up along the ridges East of town.

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Later in the Evening as I was coming down Snowden road, the sky caught on fire after I thought it was going to fizzle (yes, I should have known better! )  I was not in the best location overall, but I am still tickled with some images I captured.

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ALSO, BE AWARE I do also sell images on prints, metal prints (aluminum) Canvas Gallery wraps, Thinwraps, and Standouts.  It works best to contact me directly to ask about a specific image, but my Galleries Link is a good place to start looking 🙂

 

INFORMATIONAL LINKS FOR WEATHER, LENTICULARS AND ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Lenticular Clouds on Wikipedia 

My Lenticular cloud photos on SmugMug (also can be found via the Galleries link in the sidebar on this page)

Even larger collection of Lennies on Flickr (these are all mine as well)

 

Remarkable collection of weather, cloud and optics links

My favorite Atmospheric Optics site,  atoptics.uk

another remarkable informational page about Weather 

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