Contemplations in Rain

Contemplations… rain seems to slide the thoughts into pathways made rusty by such a long dry hot spell.  Perhaps it is the sudden release of breathe after tracking so many fires this year.  Or perhaps the moisture lubricates the mind, allowing it to slip and slide here and there.  Out the window from where I sit and type, the rain has stopped again, the plums are huge and purple on the trees near the deck, and brighter light seems to bring a glow to the wet leaves and grass.
Mount Adams still hides her face behind the soft gray veil,  refusing to show her new covering of fresh snow.  I can only assume the peak has this new white gown, based on the reports from Mount Rainer’s Paradise webcams found here.

for example, at this time I see this grouping around the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

Also there were reports last night from Mount Hood’s Timberline of 8-9 inches of new snow, and a very happy St. Bernard that lives at the Lodge.

You can see webcams via Timberline here.

Meanwhile, the Snotel site at Surprise Lakes up in Gifford Pinchot National Forest claims no precipitation lately, which makes me wonder if it is actually working!  Or maybe I am reading it incorrectly.  This particular report on the Snotel site shows nearly a full years daily records, beginning 10-1-16.  interesting!

Well, that was an interesting side track in my flowing rain thoughts!  This has been the strangest of years.  I am wondering if we will slide quickly through Autumn and into a harsh winter.  Eternally hoping for the long beautiful Fall weather I love so much, but not so sure i will get it this year.  Might have to content myself with fall colors from previous years such at this:

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And now, as I finish up, the RAIN has continued.  I learned some new words this week:
      Petrichor:  pet·ri·chor, ˈpeˌtrīkôr/  (noun)  is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek πέτρα petra, meaning “stone”, and ἰχώρ īchōr, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.

also:  a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
“other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all”

Pluviophile. a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Psithurism

(n.) (obsolete)   The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves.

 

Wishing you all a lovely Autumn, and hopefully no one goes straight from Heat Stroke to Hypothermia!

 

Darlisa (Starlisa)

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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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Another Fire Sky Sunset in the Gorge!

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014.  CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints.  See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

Glorious view to the West to Southwest in the Columbia River Gorge on January 14, 2014. CLICK ON PHOTO to see higher resolution or purchase prints, or contact me directly at starlisa.black@gmail.com for all the options in prints. See list in sidebar menu for pricing lists.

 

I had a stupendous evening up on this hill in Washington not far from White Salmon, watching the sky flare up then fade back down.  Color lasted for over an hour in the clouds as though a magic wand had waved over them so they could hold the color.

A bit later, looking South at Mount Hood, colors were becoming more pastel

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.   CLICK ON PHOTO to see this one in the Photo Galleries

Mount Hood with lenticular cloud nearby to the East, and color everywhere.
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This last shot is a 3 frame panorama taken as the sunset was just getting going, earlier than the previous images.

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This Panorama can be seen at better resolution or ordered as a print by CLICKING on the PHOTO

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Thursday Jan. 16 from 5-8 pm is a Community Business Fair in the event room at Skyline Hospital.  Admission is free, there will be food samples and raffles… come have fun if you are in the area!  Click on the poster below to go the Mt. Adams Chamber site for more information

2014 Business & Community Fair (1)