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!

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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.

A Winter’s Day in White Salmon

Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Husum Falls on the White Salmon River in Winter, February 8, 2014. The water under the falls was very green where the water was deep and churned up by the falls.    HusumFalls-winter_3205-2

Husum Falls on the White Salmon River in Winter, February 8, 2014. The water under the falls was very green where the water was deep and churned up by the falls.

February 9. 2014
Third day of shoveling, the snow has changed as temperatures warm above the low teens where they have been recently. Each shovelful is much more significant, and heavy. Above freezing for a while midday, it was much more pleasant also to walk around and enjoy the view. Most of these images are from today, I hope you enjoy.

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Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Columbia River Winter Sunset, taken from the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

Damage Control

I tell you I have been learning so much and sometimes it seems the more I learn the less I know. I am now redirecting my starlisa.net site back here again while we wipe out the whole site I had so lovingly built. i was creating it on a flawed base since that last hack job… and so it grew worse.

I will rebuild, perhaps with help, and it will be better than ever!

Meanwhile, I do still have 2013 calendars available… or will soon. I have sold out of what I had on hand and am ordering more~! Thanks everyone who has helped support me by purchasing my products, you have helped me to get through this difficult year. I love the way we can grow and stretch our minds and wings when there are challenges to overcome in life.

Meanwhile, check out my facebook and flickr pages, or Google+… there are many many photos there to look at, and a few on here as well in my links to books and galleries.