On a freezing cold and brilliantly blue morning in Trout Lake, Washington.
I sure seem to be thinking about snow and cold a lot this week 🙂 while all around me it’s hot and dry and there are fires. Too many fires.
Today I’ve been sorting through old photos in my hard drives, and came across this series that I took in January 2011. I had so much fun wandering around in the icy conditions with my friends. I thought I would share the ones I got processed :-). I thought they were pretty cool, pun intended. This is in southern Washington.
Catherine Creek Falls has such a great flow in the winter. Notice the ice on the cliffs 🙂
Soon after sunrise at Catherine Creek. On this image I actually used filter on my lens that belonged to a friend. Now I can’t even recall exactly what it was called but it sure made things look pretty 🙂
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Early Dawn on March 3, 2018, I was up early (for a change! ) and got to see the full moon setting right in the V of Trout Lake Creek at one of my favorite photo taking spots. Fingers ached with deep nearly frostbite pain, but my heart was a singing strong!
I lost my marbles!! And then my sister friend Janice came to visit and helped me find them, and we found hers too🤪😂😂
Are yours here too? 🤗
Before that, when we were driving up this away, I had to show Janice The truth of my bumper sticker. “I Brake for Interesting Cloud Formations”. I didn’t teach her anything new though, she’s been around me before LOL.
I was so excited to have my friend come, got to introduce her to some family and friends along the way.
This evening, my friend next door shared some delicious stew with me.
This was a very good day! And now, sitting in my comfy chair with my dear sweet Willow on my lap. I love the way he likes to hold my hand.
I hope you all have a pleasant week ahead!
First time in awhile, i actually got up early before sunrise and ran out with my camera! Felt so good, too. ❤️😀❤️Although i sm sure my fingers wete on the edge of frostbite again. 🤪⛄️. Watched the moon setting, and the glorious new day shine on sparkly snow. Light shining into the darkest crevices of the soul cleaning out some winter cobwebs. Life is good!!
Here are a few phone pics for now. I am crossing my fingers that the camera card that suddenly told me i needed to format it will still be able to be downloaded. That moon over Trout Creek was soooo pretty.
Enjoy! Hope your day is full of happy moments of beauty and kindness.
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In spite of the fact that last week it approached 60° for a bit, and plants are starting to show signs of budding and even blooming in some areas further down hill, this morning I was reminded that it is definitely still winter in Trout Lake. ⛄️❄️🌈⛄️.
We might get more over the next few days.
Poor Dear Willow, I know you think this is all my fault, with your poor tired body and achy bones. Believe me I can relate to the tired old body and aching bones bit! I used to like shoveling snow. 😂🤪❄️
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.
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.
Wishing you all a lovely Autumn, and hopefully no one goes straight from Heat Stroke to Hypothermia!
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.
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
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.