June 1, 2015
A beautiful sunset last night closed out the month of May. It was full of hard work, but also full of adventure and good friends.
Yesterday my friend & neighbor Katie popped in with a trunk full of tools to help me repair my veggie garden fence. After we finished I started planting this years crop. Today I’ll buy more seeds and finish – I can already taste those yummy fresh veggies – an assortment of lettuce, zukes, cukes, carrots, and more! Below the veggies are grapes and blackberries.
My giant ‘Slash Pile Burn‘ Fuel Reduction project through Department of Natural Resources is finally finished with paperwork submitted! That was a long, hard, cathartic project, and I’m glad it’s done! Yay ME!! The image above is my friend Eileen who came up one morning & helped with her husband Jim.
My fabulous ‘Gorge Glass Girls’ (Leila, Terri, Charlene, Kathy and Carolyn (who isn’t in this shot, but also an instigator), gave me a wonderful gift:
They hired young men from ‘Wings’ to help bring up firewood from my now-cleared and burned forest. These sweet, polite and respectful, hard-working young men – under the direction of Walt – brought up firewood from the farthest point of my property to the woodpile outside my back door. They cut branches into wood-stove lengths and stacked as much as they could in a day. Image above shows the remaing piles of firewood and I have all summer to leisurely haul it up.
My friend Nancy & I have been out on several photo adventures, looking for wildlife. While chasing down a lead for a Wood Duck family we found a Hooded Merganser family!
We went to Ridgefield NWR, one of our favorite spots to photograph birds.
We went to Conboy Lake NWR for a day where we ran into friends who showed us a Red-breasted Sapsucker nest – can’t wait to go back and photograph babies!!
And we went to Crystal Springs to watch Wood Ducklings learn how to be a duck.
I’ve also traversed the Columbia River watching my favorite little owl family grow up…..I plan to write a post on their progress from when I first found them.
As I worked in my back woods all these months, I’ve watched more birds come to my now-open forest, like this Pileated Woodpecker;
and Western Tanager.
Now with most of my hard work finished, I plan to spend more time at Conboy Lake NWR watching for baby elk, baby birds, and maybe even see a baby otter this year!! You’ll find me along the Columbia River checking all the Osprey and Woodpecker nests that I find. And anywhere else that looks like a promising adventure!
April 17, 2014
I entered my ‘Sun Setting Over the Columbia River Gorge’ photo in the Daily Depictions of Nature weekly challenge. I would be ever so grateful if you’ll take a moment and vote for it. Here’s the link: http://dailydepiction.com/nature/?page_id=396
It’s a quick & easy vote. You can only vote once. Thank you!!
March 5, 2014
I am way behind, so instead of panicking I’ll just relive the last sunset of February. I was cooped up all last week with my computer, CreativeLive and Photoshop trying to learn new tricks. At the end of the last session on Friday I had to… no, needed to hike down my mountain for fresh air, green forest and hopefully a sunset. So thrilled I caught the last sunset of February just before March stormed in.
On Sunday, in spite of the March storm I went to the Yard Garden & Patio show with my friend Kathy. We were so desperate for spring that we braved icy snowy conditions on Interstate 84. We cruised at a steady 35 to 40 mph & arrived in Portland in time for a fabulous Lebanese lunch and the show. Our trip home was not as pleasant with a 10-15 mph cruising speed crawling on bumpy washboard ice caused by semi trucks chained up. I confess that was better than the alternative – skating off the road like some of the abandoned cars we saw.
Now I’m back in the throes of getting ready for my annual studio sale. and working with Gorge Artists Open Studios for next month’s self-guided tour of 40 artist’s studios. I always wonder if people will venture way up here to my spot on top of Burdoin Mountain to see (and purchase!) my glass & photography. If you’re so inclined, you can download a pdf of our map from our website onto your iPad (I think it would work on other reading devices too)!
In preparation this year we have THREE venues showing a preview of our work!
Tomorrow night, Thursday March 6th is the opening reception for The Dalles Art Center Preview Show. From 5 until 7pm you will meet many of our artists – I hope you can make the opening.
We’ll also have a Preview Show in the lobby of Columbia Art Gallery with an opening First Friday, March 7th from 6 until 8 pm. Most of us will be there to talk about our work & we’d love to see you there.
I also have work in the gallery portion of Columbia Art Gallery for the Trash to Art Show during the month of March. I’ll be hanging out between the lobby area and the gallery for the reception of both shows on First Friday.
If that weren’t enough, the White Salmon Windows project is featuring participating studio tour artists downtown for the month of March. So, 40 artists have work spread throughout the gorge hoping to tempt you to come to our studios in April!
I’ll post more information about my studio sale closer to the event & hopefully will have something interesting to post between now & then!! As always, I’m ever so grateful that you took a moment to visit with me!!
January 4, 2014
What a magical start to 2014! I was giddy with excitement as I watched the colors in the sky changing on the second evening of January. Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge watching the mist hovering over the river as the mountains darkened and the skies turned into a painting.
No matter where I turned my camera an amazing array of color mixed with golden clouds. Cars were stopping on the road, all the neighbors were out staring at the sky in amazement.
Mt Hood with a brilliant red cloud curling over her snowy white cap was the last bit of color to fill my soul.
The day had a magical start when I found a Kingfisher & caught him in flight!
The last day of 2013 I caught this juvenile Red-tailed hawk in flight. Today I entered him in a Project FeederWatch contest. Do me a favor and vote for my photo: Simply click this link and vote for my hawk in flight. Thanks!! You only have until tomorrow night (Sunday, Jan 5th) to vote!!!
2014 is off to a wonderful start! I can’t wait to see what’s next!!
October 31, 2013
We’ve had a fantastic fall, full of warm days and cool evenings that bring out fall colors in our foliage. I went up to Trout Lake to photograph Mt. Adams reflected in the lake; but actually think the above shot, Trout Lake Creek is my best for that day.
Into Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Mt. Adams, I think I missed the best show of fall by a week but still caught some color.
My take on this classic shot. I think I’ll go back for sunrise and sunset tries over the next few seasons and see what I can come up with.
Heading back down the mountain, I stopped at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge but saw no wildlife. The leaves were mostly past prime there also.
I did see mushrooms. All kinds and colors!
Until now I’ve never seen a mushroom as red as this one!
Not taken on the same day, but a good ending for this post, I caught this magnificent golden autumn sunset over the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve probably said it too many times but I am so lucky to live here!!
Do you feel a change in the air?
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September 10, 2013
I’ve played with photography the last few years and have turned many photos into note cards to sell. You can click the corresponding links to read more about each card. This osprey was building a nest along the Columbia River near Multnomah Falls.
I love the challenge of capturing birds in flight. This raven was flying near a path I often hike.
January 12, 2013
I’ve been working hard for an upcoming show at Columbia Art Gallery: The Blues. The opening is Feb 1st from 6pm until 8pm. Many local gorge artists are participating and the opening reception will include a rare acoustic performance by local blues greats, Tess & Patrik Barr!
Today I decided to take a day off to go looking for eagles again. The Dalles Dam is a magnet for eagles this time of year. While I looked around, several herons flew by & I was thrilled when this one landed so close to me !
As you can see, my lens does not reach the eagles across the Columbia River from The Dalles Dam Visitor Center! I couldn’t figure out how to enter the facility to get a closer shot – all the gates were closed and I’ve never seen them open. This was just one section, there were plenty of eagles if only I could figure out how to get closer!
Lucky for me I’d stopped at the Klickitat River enroute to The Dalles. This time I hiked along the east side of the river.
Maybe it’s the time of year, but I wonder if I’ve ever seen a pine siskin so bright.
Flickers were abundant! I haven’t seen this many in one spot, ever.
I didn’t think my camera caught this eagle with all the branches in my way. I only saw two eagles at the Klickitat River today, both in the same tree. It was interesting viewing them from the opposite side. I know there must be a way to get closer and will investigate next time.
I made it back to White Salmon just in time for sunset. Tomorrow I’d better get back to the studio. My water line to the flat lap is frozen, so I have to figure out how I’m going to coldwork my pieces for the show next month! See you at the reception?
Here’s the link to our Facebook Event page, please join us & invite your friends!