Spring Storms

After spending some lovely time trying and failing to catch some lightning in Southern Washington Cascades May 6, i finally gave up on that and just enjoyed where I was standing. Hope you enjoy it with me!


Monday Cloud Evolution

An evening progression of Standing Wave Clouds near Mount Adams Monday 3/26, starting in Trout Lake, Washington and driving to Glenwood further east and north.

Looking north in Trout Lake:

Looking south and east

And south and west:

South closeup

Again looking north, halfway between Trout Lake and Glenwood:

And looking at the same clouds from Glenwood side, with a barely visible Mt. Adams:

Panorama directly North:

Panorama looking West from near the rodeo grounds:

And again a bit later

Looking South near sunset in Glenwood:

Including an iPhone video just for fun:


Last gasp from east side of Glenwood, looking North and West, including Mount Adams:

And a link to my Lennies album on my SmugMug site:

My Lennies

I have many more images at Starlisa.SmugMug.com as well, and this album in particular has the best quality images for ordering large prints, although you have to contact me directly to do so.

Best Print Images

Enjoy!  #starlisablackphotography

Cloud Evolution

I’m sure you figured out by now that I’m fascinated by clouds, and how they change so quickly sometimes. These clouds in Glenwood yesterday had their own unique metamorphosis during the evening hours. I will be posting another series as well in a separate post.

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!

Glenwood Aurora

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While the majority of my aurora shots have been from Trout Lake side of Mount Adams, I found this series of shots in my archives that had been forgotten, from Glenwood, WA.  June 1, 2013  Mount Adams still features strongly.  The first two shots were of something I have not experienced any other time; and […]

High Prairie Sunset

My friend invited me up to her birthday barbeque on High Prairie today, and I took a photo of her goose while I was there.  Then, on the way back down the hill home, I caught these sunset images from Sunday night, last day of May 2015.  These are processed minimally, I wanted to just share as soon as possible.

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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

Intriguing Clouds over Mount Hood and Mount Adams

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds

Lately I have been randomly dropping into older files from the last couple years looking for treasures that had been forgotten.  Here are a few of Lennies (my name for lenticular clouds) over Mount Hood and some interesting fluffy wannabe lennies over Mount Adams.  Judging from the rest of the day, the clouds over Mount Adams probably were more distinctly lenticular in form a bit earlier in the day.

All images except the vertical shot are also links to the corresponding image on Smugmug.

This first one, same as the featured one, was shot from White Salmon, Washington,  looking south into Oregon.

Mount Hood with Lenticular clouds



These next three are all of Mount Adams taken from Hood River, Oregon looking north into Washington


Mount Adams from Hood River


Mount Adams close up from Hood River


Mount Adams and the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon


More information on Lenticular cloud formations:

Altocumulus lenticularis. These formations are caused by wave motions in the atmosphere and are frequently seen in mountainous or hilly areas. They are often called wave clouds. They may be triggered off by hills only a few hundred metres high and may extend downwind for over 100 km. The cloud elements form at the windward edge of the cloud and are carried to the downwind edge where they evaporate, as can be seen here. The cloud as a whole is usually stationary or slow moving.

You can view a very large set of Lenticular Cloud images here on my Flickr site, just click on this link

Lenticular Cloud Set on Flickr       These Flickr images most often have the story of the event with the photos.

You can also purchase many of these images as prints on my SmugMug site in the Gallery.  Three of this set of images will take you to the Smugmug site when clicked.

I also have a set of these clouds available as prints on SmugMug, just click on the link below.

“My Lennies” on SmugMug.

Just click on the link for My Lennies.  I also sell many Metal Prints and the occasional Canvas or Thinwrap, and for more information about these contact me directly when you have a particular image or set of images in mind.  My email is starlisa.black@gmail.com or you can message me on facebook.

In the menu on the right sidebar there are pricelists for various styles.

Have fun browsing!


Under the Storm Cell on Mount Hood

Under the Storm Cell on Mount Hood
© Darlisa Black

I always did love this shot looking up at a passing storm cell from up at Timberline… such wild and wooly weather these mountains create around themselves. Normally I am seeing the Hood from far away in White Salmon, Washington, watching the clouds dance around the peak or bury her completely. This is one of the many faces of Mount Hood from my last post

This Friday evening September 20, 2013, from 5-8 pm at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon there will be a Trunk show with several artisans displaying our wares (yes, including me). If you are on facebook you can learn more here www.facebook.com/events/507564742652029/ They will also be open for business with their usual goodies and juices, coffee and snacks

or, here is a map for directions You can see a Bing map here for directions

My images are all my own, and any use for your own purposes is prohibited without talking to me first

Views along the Climber’s Trail on Mount Adams

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One of my favorite places on Earth is up on the South Eastern Alpine slopes of Mount Adams in Bird Creek Meadows.  Part of Tract D, this area was part of the original Mount Adams WIlderness that was returned to the Yakama Nation in 1972 as per original Treaty of 1855.  More information on that story can be found here on the website for the

Yakama Nation Mt. Adams Recreation Area

Also you can find DIRECTIONS to Bird Creek Meadows below in the comments.

Recently I made the hike up the Climber’s Trail from the parking lot for Bird Creek Meadows, about a mile past Mirror Lake.  This is a steep rocky trail, about a Mile up to Hellroaring Viewpoint where it becomes a crossroad where you can continue upwards on the Sunrise Trail to a high altitude camp on the East side of Mount Adams, on Yakama lands (which does require a back country camping permit from the pay station at the parking lot) .   Here are a few scenes from Climber’s Trail:

midday light through the forest can be inspiring and uplifting.


Coming through the woods I startled a Blue Grouse




Along the way in late summer are many brilliant blue  Mountain Bog Gentian wildflowers, mingled among mountain Huckleberries, Corn Lilies, and other plants that turn red, orange and yellow.  Hoverflies and Bees and Butterflies flit about in the meadows.

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Mountain Bog Gentian by Starlisa Black Photography

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Rock formations along the way can be fascinating


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Climbing further up out of the forest, the trail winds along the ridge to the southwest of Hellroaring Meadows and Bench Lake and opens up to increased views of the surrounding  land, and many fascinating tree skeletons that get ever more fanciful as a person hikes up the sunrise trail to treeline.


Mount Adams begins to show her face as the trees become sparse in this higher altitude.


while looking to the Northeast you can see the red rock Little Mount Adams


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in the distance you can see Bench Lake down below Little Mount Adams.

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Looking far below you can see Bench Lake shining like a jewel among trees that looks sadly damaged from the infestation of Pine Bark Beetle or Spruce Bud Worm.  Bench Lake has a 41 site campground and is favored among fishermen and boaters, with a 3 mile loop trail down into Hellroaring Creek from the Lake.

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This is a view on another day from Bench Lake towards Mount Adams


While from the Trail Mount Adams peeks through the trees


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And a DIstant view of Hellroaring Falls pouring down off the Mazama Glacier and a little hidden Tarn (lake)


Soon the trail winds out into the open on a ledge overlooking Mount Adams, the Sunrise Trail, Hellroaring Falls and Meadows, Glaciers, and sometimes herds of Mountain Goats.

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While I was hiking I could hear loud echoing SNAP and rumble of an avalanche or slide , or perhaps a crevasse opening up.  I can see several new cracks and such from this hot weather.

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This Rock formation is called the Castle

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At this Viewpoint you can also choose to take the trail  0.8 miles down through the meadows to connect with the top of a  loop trail through Bird Creek Meadows.  This Loop is just over a mile in total length,  connecting on the bottom end with the #9 Round the Mountain Trail.  Take a left turn to travel back to the Parking Lot.

Here are some scenes along that upper Meadows trail and the Viewpoint Trail

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Not long below this stream, you run into the #9 trail, and it is about 3/4 -1 mile back to the Parking Lot and downhill all the way.  If you want a longer hike, there are several more possibilities, that include Crooked Creek Falls on the 100 trail, or more waterfalls and a lake on Bluff Lake Trail, both of which end at Bird Lake and can be done as another loop.

I hope you enjoyed my presentation, and please take time to check out my links in the sidebar for my books and such… I am working on 2014 Calendars and will be doing some presales on those, so email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com if you are interested in knowing more.  When they are finished, I will post an album showing the pages of the calendars.

I also recently came out with the 3rd edition of my Trout Lake and Beyond Book, 12 x 12 with 4 new pages of this years Aurora photos and others. They would make wonderful Christmas Presents!