Autumn and Mount Adams

 

Driving up Highway 141 recently, just before the snow made angels out of burned trees from the Dry Creek Fire, I rolled down my window to soak in the mountain valley air.  The smell of this Summers wildfire mingles with the rich fungal odor of fall.  Surely the Morel mushrooms must be happy, I thought with a wry grin. (More writing and photos below)


Rivers of fog draped across the mountain sides like an undulating snake,  or a scarf tossed carelessly over a shoulder.  Perhaps now that the Drycreek drainage is showing off the new shape that was hidden under the tall evergreens, she’s heading out to a winter party to show off.

Sighing deeply at the loss of the luxuriant evergreen giants, The smile returns as I contemplate the new growth already manifesting on the hillside. Elk, Bear, and Deer will love this change that will bring in more low growing forage of leaf and berries. I recall the bear from a couple summers ago that was feasting on wild blackberries or currents out in the older clear-cut that has been growing back.  Change is part of a forest, both natural and manmade, and often brings about a healthier ecosystem.  Not always, of course, at least not in the short term. However looking at the long-term picture of which we are just a very small part, the world has been changing throughout its history and we live such a short amount of time we tend to think it’s always been this way.  Have we affected these changes?  Certainly we have, and not always for the best, but change will still happen without us at its own pace.  We just seem to rush it along.

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The photos in the post, along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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Meanwhile near Glenwood lovely fall leaves of Vine Maple, Dogwood, Elderberry, and Cottonwood reflected beautifully in a small stream. Glenwood-Fall_10-15-17-1054

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Back in mid October, Outlet Falls was starting to increase the water flow.  I am sure by now there is a great deal more water. Glenwood-fall-OutletFalls_10-15-17_0950

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I finally spotted my first elk herd of the season on Conboy National Wildlife Refuge recently… was not able to get good quality pics but sharing anyway.  The real treat was watching them come out of the field, up and over a fence and across the road, flowing like a river of brown.  They are so big, yet so graceful.

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Here we have a series of Mount Adams from Glenwood, taken about 2 weeks apart.
This first one is October 1, 2017.MtAdams_Glenwood_10-01-17-9752

Next is sunrise October 14.  Notice the snow around and below treeline?  That whole area is a burn scar, hit first by the Cold Springs fire in 2008 and more recently hit hard by the Cougar Creek Fire in 2015.  A bit further west, the burn scar continues its way along the south and west sides of the mountain from the Cascade Creek Fire of 2012.  There have been other fires before those 3 as well, and the Huckleberry bushes love coming back in burns.  Wildflower meadows thrive as well, and the Elk and Deer have more grazing areas.  Glenwood-Fall-MtAdams-sunrise-0897

Sunrise on Halloween DayGlenwood_MtAdams_Alpenglow_10-31-2017-2464

Later on Halloween Day, with a short lived lenticular cloud capGlenwood_MtAdams_Lenticular_10-31-2017_2625

and rainbow from November 1, 2017. Glenwood_MtAdams_Rainbow_11-1-2017_2663

I would love to hear from you..  which were your favorite photos, perhaps, or what fall means to you!

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Rainbow Weather

Last night barrels and buckets full of rain fell in Glenwood, WA and in much of the northwest.  In spite of flooded foundations and water over the roadway, it all looks beautiful when the sun pops out and a rainbow shines. 

This last rainbow is one from Friday, October 20 along Highway 141 near White Salmon, Washington. 

I Got Internet!!!

Since February 2016 I have not had internet at home, and therefore have not been as active online with photo sharing and social media, today I celebrate RECONNECTION!  Funny that it means so much, at times I feel like disconnecting was a great thing.  Perhaps I told myself that because “It is what it is” and no point fussing or feeling bad.  However here and now today I feel a thrill to be connected again and want to share some random photos just for fun… hope you enjoy!  I think a Rainbow theme is appropriate for today.

 

Rosauer’s Rainbow

Today sis Nora and I took ourselves out to dinner at Shary’s restaurant in Hood River after her appointment across the street getting shots to help her poor arthritic knees.  She loved the food, and just doing something different and rare for her.  When we came out of the restaurant in a rainstorm, this view greeted us and we forgot all about rain in the face.

The most important things in life really are free, and seeing my sis having fun was a big one.

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Chasing Rainbows

Just a few of my favorite rainbow chasing images from over the years…  the first few are from chasing down the Oregon side of the Columbia with my bro Larry…. we had fun 😉

You can see some of these on my SmugMug gallery website Starlisa Black Photography

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Chasing Raindrops to Glenwood

oooh boy.. I had fun today, sunday afternoon February 8, 2015; chasing light that turned into raindrops and smelled refreshing. Took off north, caught the storm clouds from our place in White Salmon (Mammatus clouds)

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and stopped in Husum to get some shots of the Husum Falls on the White Salmon River, which were raging with high water; at the 6 ft mark on the measuring stick near the bridge.

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Leaving the river, I saw what looked like a Sasquatch track in the road!

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Continuing north on Highway 141, I turned right in BZ Corners on the BZ-Glenwood highway wandering up the curvy canyon road to the Gilmer flats where the Kreps Ranch lives, and there i saw some wild turkeys.

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From there up the next curvy road, through a marshy area at the lower end of the Glenwood Valley and Camas Prairie,

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Somewhere along the journey I caught a photo of a Ponderosa Pine tree trunk… their bark is very distinct and easy to recognize.  The bark gets so thick that the older trees often survive forest fires because the fire seldom burns all the way through into the cambium layer where the sap runs to keep the tree alive.

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After leveling off again on a new level terrain, I turned left on Laurel Rd and sat for awhile listening to the rain and watching the raindrops hit the flooded marsh.  While here i also discovered how to take movies with my camera!

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Turning right on Kreps Lane, I found some cows, and by then it was getting too dark for more images, so I headed on over to visit some friends and family for awhile before heading home.

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Be sure if you travel to Glenwood to explore the area (including Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge) to take time to visit the one little store in town for a snack or some hot pizza. They have some handy supplies in the store, and the owner of the Glenwood General Store is a kind man who has helped out local schools and community functions a great deal.  They even have an awesome Sasquatch carved statue in front of the store!  By the way, they also carry my photo cards 😉

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Currently the town is starting a tourism group in hopes of encouraging visitors to come explore their amazing beautiful high altitude valley near Mount Adams; part of an attempt at reviving the community that has really struggled to survive.
In fact, I encourage you when visiting ANY area that is small and rural, spend some money locally to help the communities.  You can make a difference helping families to stay in their homes, and businesses staying open!

Rainbows and Eagles

And a Moon Halo rainbow for good measure! This first shot was from early in February, and I hear they were seen not only here in White Salmon, WA but also in Alaska and Canada and who knows where else?

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This next series is all from February 7, 2015, on a run away drive about I took to clear my head of computers and processing. It was a lovely day, and included some sweet visiting time with friends. I also got some sample GLASS PRINTS today, one portrait and one waterfall… they are very lovely! This is something new to add to my print styles. After all that, I headed East from Bingen chasing the light, my favorite style, no plans, just go. In spite of my thoughts of driving up county into the hills, I only made it to Major Creek and then Balfour Park where i took a nice walk. No eagles there at that time, but I did see some at the Creek, along with the rainbow. Unfortunately, my time got cut short by a call from my Sis who I take care of, and she really needed some help, so that became the priority of the later afternoon and evening.

SO, here are a few more photos, I hope you are all having a good weekend, and find things around you to be grateful for!

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After the rainbow faded, the gorge was looking pretty stormy as I headed home.
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