October 21, 2015
This image of a dragonfly I caught at Bingen Marina just arrived along with the following images, in time for the Art White Salmon Fall Tour. A self-guided walking tour of artist studios and a Pop-up gallery downtown White Salmon this weekend, October 23, 24, 25.
Our tour hours are 11am until 5pm each day and I’ll be in the Pop-up Gallery on the corner of Jewett and Estes. I caught this otter on ice last winter at Lost Lake and have a couple views of him.
I’ll have many of my Columbia River Gorge sunset images on cards and in print….
…and a few Columbia Gorge sunrise images. You know it’s easier to catch the sun going down than the sun coming up, right?
I’ll have all occasion greeting cards and small 5 x 7 prints that include my wildlife shots ….
… and many of my favorite bird images on cards and printed on metal.
And of course I’ll have some glass.
Come see me and the other White Salmon artists!! October 23, 24, 25 from 11am until 5pm all three days. I’m #4 on the map, corner of Estes and Jewett in the Pop-up Gallery!! See you there!!
October 19, 2015
Thrilled to be included in a bird banding session with friends Cathy and Stuart, we arrived at St. Cloud Recreation Area at dawn.
We trudged out to the Columbia River, then followed the Arthur Slough back in a little way as the sun came up on an early October morning.
It was difficult for me to keep up with them because the scenery was so gorgeous, I must have stopped for a photo-op every ten steps.
Fall had arrived on this part of the planet and I was soaking it all in.
When we arrived at the banding station, Cathy and Stuart set up nets to capture birds, then as we waited for birds they unpacked their tools.
The sized-to-fit metal bands fit various sized birds and have numbers stamped on them. The information is recorded as each bird gets banded.
While waiting for birds we go check out the shoreline of the Columbia River to see what’s been around by checking tracks in the mud.
I was so excited to see bear tracks in the mud and secretly hoped one might come out to say hello to us. Yes, trust me I’d keep a safe distance!
Back to banding…. Birds fly into a net then drop unharmed into netted pockets. An Orange-crowned Warbler was one of our first to capture.
A Song Sparrow is carefully and gently freed from the net and brought back to the banding station.
Held ever so gently at the neck a Brown Creeper is quite compliant while being banded, measured, weighed and examined for health and age.
Wings are spread to see patterning on a Brown Creeper. I love these little birds.
Wings get measured on an Orange-crowned Warbler.
Stuart examines the Kinglet’s wings to determine age and wear.
Checking tail feathers.
To help judge age, the head feathers are moistened with water then gently parted to reveal the scalp.
Cathy and Stuart use Sibley’s Guide for confirmation of aging and further identifying.
Sweet little Song Sparrow, finished with his exam and awaiting release.
I didn’t quite click in time as he flew away down by the slough.
Chickadees tend to take a bite now and again during the banding and exam.
He settles down and allows the process.
Black-capped Chickadee receives a wing exam.
The band is gently clinched closed after being placed on the Orange-crowned Warbler’s leg.
A ‘bracelet’ is placed on a Spotted Towhee.
Blowing on the Chickadee’s belly, reveals body fat under his feathers.
Same with the Spotted Towhee. His eye will turn more red as he matures.
Another release….another miss with my trigger finger!
I’m fascinated with the Golden-crowned Kinglet ~ isn’t he gorgeous?!
We checked the nets every 20 to 30 minutes and between checked area flora.
I will try to come back and edit with correct names.
No promises though, it’s been a busy season and I have many more adventures to tell you about.
Back at the parking lot we noticed a tree full of Cedar Waxwings!
We also saw a flock of Bushtits! My first sighting of these sweet little birds!!
My last & luckiest shot of the day was a female Varied Thrush dressed for fall.
October 16, 2015
Once again I’ve fallen behind in my blog. Summer and now Fall racing by at mach speed, I want to take a moment to breathe and fill you in on some of my recent ‘adventures’.
Many friends have come to the Columbia River Gorge this year to see this Gorge-ous place that I love and call home, so I’ve played tour guide often ~ a role I truly enjoy.
I took my friend Kathleen (amazing metalsmith, jewelry artist) & her husband (fellow photographer) Dan to Takhlakh Lake, looking for fall color with a quick stop at Trout Lake.
I finished out my birthday month by photographing long-time friends Cathy & Alex’s vineyard during harvest… mmm Demianni Winery ~ fabulous wine.
I went back to their vineyard to shoot the Super Harvest Moon and Lunar eclipse.
The next day I found birds and OTTERS at Taylor Lake with friends Nancy and Mike. A great finale to my birthday month!
October opened with a hike to Tamanawas Falls with friends Holly, Rick & Dianne where we enjoyed glorious fall color.
Lucky me, invited to watch bird banding near St. Cloud Recreation area.
The Gorge Bird Nerds took walks at Bingen Pond and Marina, Bonneville Fish Hatchery and Eagle Creek in October.
A Waterfall Festival is what I called a day driving a big loop up to Trout Lake, across 90 to Carson and down to Hwy 14. Dawn to dusk we were able to see 5 or 6 waterfalls ~ some were at the end of a hike & others were close to the road.
Two days later I hiked a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail at Cascade Locks to Dry Creek Falls with friends.
I took a friend in search of Pikas near Beacon Rock ~ another day with multiple stops and beautiful Columbia River Gorge landscapes! I love these reclusive little critters that look like a cross between a bunny, and a squirrel with teddy bear ears.
…and in between I’ve been catching sunsets, birds in my garden and rescued kittens for Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue. In upcoming posts I’ll tell you details of each adventure…..
OH! Not to mention my upcoming art show ~ Art White Salmon’s Fall Tour!! Next weekend!! October 23, 24, 25. I’m limiting my shows this year, so this is one of only two opportunities for me to show off new work.
Come see my new work and that of other talented local artist friends!