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.

 

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!

Quiet Splendor

A day of driving about following an interview in Goldendale… the light came out, skies were fascinating, and here are just a few images from today’s adventure.

January 26, 2016

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Fog shrouded hills and fields as I drove into Goldendale on Highway 97.

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Random creek thru the fields off Bickleton Highway

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Returning down Hoctor Road, I was fascinated with the standing wave clouds emanating from the direction of Mount Adams, and then I spotted this seasonal runoff creek. It seemed to make the perfect counterpoint to the clouds.

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Nearly the end of the day, a view of Dalles Mountain from Hoctor Road, and the fog returns.

Flooding on the White Salmon River

So much rain, so fast; following a snowfall in the mountains and a pineapple express.  Rivers in the Pacific Northwest are as overwhelmingly full and destructive as the fires of summer this year.  Exacerbated by the erosion caused by the fires, the rivers are full of debri from upriver run off and landslides.

December 9, 2015, I took an afternoon drive up to Trout Lake, with stops in Husum to see the flooded Husum Falls.  Sure enough, with the wild waters and occasional big log, a group of kayaks were running these temporary chocolate milk colored class 5 rapids.

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In Trout Lake, parts of town had flooded as well, although downtown did not get hit with floodwaters as bad as the 1996 floods had caused.  The water level was actually higher this time, but ditches had been improved and there were no piles of snow this time blocking off drainage.

There is a cabin in these photos, home of Perry Stephens.  He said his house is fine so far, although water surrounded it up to the deck level due to a big log jam just above his house that is diverting the flow of the river.

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Last but not least, Here is a rainbow I saw along highway 141 as I traveled up the White Salmon River!

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BIDDING AUCTION FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS FOLLOWING WASHINGTON WILDFIRES, ONLY 2 HOURS LEFT!

ALL of these photos are part of a BIDDING AUCTION TO HELP WITH RECOVERY EFFORTS FOLLOWING WASHINGTON WILDFIRES…. The auction ends today, September 20, Sunday… at 7:00 pm PST

Here is a link to the Facebook page the auction is on, you do have to have a Facebook account to join in, and you must join the group to bid:

Auction for Survivors of WA Wildfires

after joining, go to THIS ALBUM PAGE to see all the photos available for bidding!

Auction Items Album Page to help those who lost homes to the fires

and join in the fun!   There is only a very short time left however… less than THREE HOURS!

Here are samples of all photos  #Auction4Wildfires

Layers of Gorgeous

Taken earlier in December, this image represents my favorite view of the Gorge for the year.  I reprocessed a bit from the previous version and wanted to share it again.   Taken from the hills above White Salmon, Washington looking West down the Columbia River Gorge.

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My new calendars will be around January 5-8, and most of this batch are spoken for.  I can order another batch if there are folks still wanting on the list.  Email me at starlisa.black@gmail.com to order, and the specific details and prices are on this page:   2015 Mount Adams and Gorge Calendars

Thanks for your visit!

Darlisa