October 18, 2016
I’ve had a long and wonderful journey with art from painting to fiber to glass with photography along every step of the way. A year or two ago I announced my retirement from teaching and selling art supplies. My announcement this year is the end of weekend art shows. Yes. This is the last one. I’ve sold my work at weekend art shows since I was sixteen years old. This. Is. The. Last. If you’re in the region I hope you’ll come out & snap up the last of my glasswork. I’ll be at the first spot on the map below:
200 SW Edgecliff, at my friend Ann Fleming’s studio. I’ll still play with art but just for myself, just for fun, and when I’m in the mood…probably only on rainy days. I’ll still be out in the field trying to capture wildlife with my camera, and will print on demand instead of speculation. Most of my images will always be available for you to order on paper, canvas or metal in most standard sizes.
This weekend, October 21 – 23; Friday – Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Come say hello, support our local artists!
August 3, 2016
April 6, 2016
‘Wild About Nature’ is a lecture series at the White Salmon Library that runs through the month of April. Produced by Joy Markgraf, you can experience a lecture by noted natural science experts each Friday evening at 6:30pm. I am beyond thrilled to have my photography included in this year’s event.
This coming Friday, April 8 Rachel Suits, an Education Program Assistant for Master Gardeners, Small Farms, and SNAP-Ed at the Hood River and Wasco County Extension Service will speak about the ecological impact of insects.
On Friday, April 15 an eleven-year-old (!) activist, Dae Dahlquist will eloquently speak about climate actions and issues.
On Friday, April 22 Ellen Morris Bishop, a geologist, photographer and writer whose
passion is telling the stories of Oregon’s landscapes and geologic history will speak about waters and rivers, a history of sculpting the Columbia River Gorge.
The last Friday, April 29 we’ll hear ‘For Love of Aspen’ a lecture by Steve Strauss, a Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. Also speaking is Burke Greer, a PhD student working with Strauss at OSU who is studying Rocky Mountain aspen in relation to climate change.
‘Of Books, Birds and Butterflies: All About Nature Writing’ by Robert Michael Pyle, a lepidopterist, writer, teacher and founder of the Xerces Society is the grand finale.
The first Friday (sorry, already past) I thoroughly enjoyed an introduction by Jeremy Takala, a Columbia River Native American, Rock Creek band of the Yakama Nation, currently employed with the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program.
Bill Weiler, a wildlife biologist and habitat restoration consultant who founded the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute had me on the edge of my chair as he discussed Cougars. Although I’ve seen one in my neighborhood, it was long ago and I did not have a camera with me.
Dark Skies & Light Pollution was discussed by Jim White, an amateur astronomer and
Vice-President of the Friends of Goldendale Observatory, and a friend of mine. He was fascinating and afterwards set up a huge telescope so we could see Jupiter and it’s moons. (Jim, correct me if my memory is wrong!)
If you’re a Gorge resident, I hope to see you at the White Salmon Library each Friday night. Yes, I will be there for all the lectures, it’s a wonderful event!!
Thanks to Joy, there is also a lovely display of natural history as you enter the library.
For more information you can call the library at 509.493.1132.
March 30, 2016
After an exciting late winter and early spring, I will try to catch up with all my ‘wild’ wildlife adventures. Can you believe how fast 2016 is flying by?!
But first, let me tell you about yesterday. Another exciting day on the wild side.
I was photographing my spring garden…ahhhhh spring has finally arrived in my part of the world. At a slightly higher elevation, 2400 feet or so Spring takes her sweet time getting here.
I heard our resident Wild Turkeys gobbling at each other in the background, but there was something else…
…a familiar sound that I hadn’t heard in a while. Coyote!! I ran toward the sound, camera in hand and saw it meandering down in the forest!
I managed to catch one good shot of him in spite of the fact that I had the wrong lens set to take photos of flowers, not wildlife! Oh, I have plenty of other shots, but they are too blurry to share.
Afterwards, on my way to town for supplies I had to stop for photos of piglets on a nearby farm.
Like all babies, they are way too cute! Who can resist?
Bingen Marina was my next stop and I’m thrilled to tell you our Osprey are back! Speaking of Osprey, I’m also thrilled that a couple of my photos are included the April issue of the Ruralite, supporting a great article written by Lori Froehlich!
Back at the Marina, a lone female Bufflehead was staying cool under the warm sun.
A Raven landed on a branch near me.
I’ve been waiting for this Grebe to break out in courting plumage.
Next I stopped at a favorite place near Lyle, where this Red-tailed Hawk welcomed me. At least I think he welcomed me!
Found a deer resting in a semi-shady spot as I turned the corner.
Yay, my favorite woodpecker is still in the neighborhood ~ Lewis’s Woodpecker. Isn’t he gorgeous?
I almost missed this! I started to leave but noticed a bumpy looking log. I jumped out of my car ever so quietly so I wouldn’t scare them away. A pile of Pond Turtles!
This little guy stopped and posed for me, but he was semi hidden behind tallish grass.
Another Lewis’s Woodpecker ~ did I say I love these birds? I love these birds!
Almost to The Dalles where I needed to pick up a few items for my bath remodel (that will have to wait for another post), I stopped to watch a Great Blue Heron hunt for a while at a pond I recently found.
Just as I realized I’d taken 4.5 hours to drive to The Dalles, I had to stop one last time for a MARMOT!! Yes, I found a Marmot!! I actually found it last week, but didn’t know it. I photographed it, then immediately dismissed it as a rock until I saw it on my computer screen at home. I remembered where it was and stopped to see if I could find it again.
Not only did I find it, but I found TWO! They were fun to watch as they frolicked over, under and through the caves between rocks. Finally I had to leave them and finish my errands. I hope to catch you up with all the critters I’ve found this past season ~ the weather has been divine, making it difficult to stay indoors!
January 10, 2016
Yes. A month without internet. Could you do without online communication, shopping, banking, game playing, and more for a month? I decided I couldn’t, so am sitting in a warm cheery wi-fi cafe in Hood River checking up on all the above.
It started with a snow storm. Then an ice storm. Then more snow & more ice. Eventually after only a few days the snowy, ice-encrusted trees completely blocked my line of sight to the internet tower on Underwood Mountain. When will the ice melt? March?
I’m not waiting. I ordered a new service, but alas the installer has left for vacation and won’t be back for another two weeks. So, until then, I’ve cleaned out closets. I’ve gone through reams of old paperwork from my business; and design ideas stacked in my studio.
I’ve shoveled my deck countless times and romped in the snow with my dog.
I’ve watched my icicles grow and fade and grow again.
I’ve checked on my trees to see how much longer the ice might remain. Looks like forever to me!
I’ve played with bubbles in the snow and ice….
…on more than one occasion!
One day the sun even came out, but the temperature didn’t rise above 30º.
I can sometimes see the sunset glow outside our constant inversion.
One snowy day a Northern Goshawk landed on the snag below my deck!
He didn’t stay long, but I was glad to witness his presence in my neighborhood!
I’ve come into town every couple of days to keep up with my email but also to watch for eagles since it is the season. This pair was right off Hwy 14 between Lyle and Bingen.
A couple of occasions I was able to watch eagles chase each other and fight over food.
I saw other raptors like this little Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon!
Each adventure down my mountain first involves a hike up to the road where our cars are kept.
And a hike back down at the end of the day.
In between, it’s a 30 minute drive down to the river, and when I arrive, it’s Raptor Heaven.
I think this guy pretty much sums it up. I want my internet!!
In case I don’t have another opportunity to sit in a cafe for this long, I’ll catch up with you again at the end of the month when I’m ‘connected’ again. I hope!!
November 3, 2015
The Aurora Borealis put on a fabulous show last night about midnight. I was lucky enough to catch it but can’t decide which shot I like best. I like them all for different reasons, but this is Photo #1 in the line-up, once the Aurora began her dance.
She was already making herself known when I arrived and I caught a shooting star as I set up my composition and camera settings.
And then she danced! Just after midnight, behind my town of White Salmon the party started. Photo #2.
It was chilly and dark and difficult to manage at first, but with each check of my camera’s LCD my excitement grew. Photo #3.
While my eye saw a dark clear sky filled with stars, Aurora continued showing herself on the back of my camera. Photo #4.
My eyes could only see what looked like a whitish cloud or fog on the horizon line where you see a greenish glow; and I could see columns of ‘mist’ rising from that. Photo #5.
If it were a stronger Aurora, I might have actually seen the color my camera displayed. Photo #6.
The wind was blowing clouds overhead so I knew my time was limited. Photo #7.
As Aurora danced in the Columbia River Gorge, so did I ~ to keep warm! And I drank coffee to stay awake. Photo #8.
My day started at 6 a.m., so this midnight hour was hard to keep. Photo #9.
The cold, the coffee and my excitement kept me shooting, dancing and laughing with delight! Photo #10.
I need your help! …… Photo #11.
I need you to help me decide which of these images to print! Photo #12.
You can vote for your favorite simply by commenting which numbered photo you like best. Photo #13.
As you can see, they’re all numbered: #1 – 16 ~ plus the Shooting Star shot. Photo #14.
What a magical night it was!! Only lasted for about an hour. Photo #15.
Just after 1 a.m. the clouds rolled in and covered the Aurora. Otherwise, I’d still be there. Photo #16.
Please let me know your favorite ~ in a comment here, via private message on Facebook, or via email ~ linda at steider studios dot com (all one word).
September 19, 2015
I left you hanging at the end of my last chapter in my Forest Project. I finished the ‘Slash Pile Burn‘ part of it earlier this year, and have slowly brought firewood up to the house all summer. I tried to haul 10 wagonloads per day up to the house, but pretty much stopped everything when working in the woods became a fire hazard.
Today I revved up my chain saw & commenced slicing all the longer branches. According to my DNR rep I can use it until 1pm. In the heat of the day with risk of fire too great, I have plenty of other tasks. The photo above is my make-shift holder for little branches where I sawed 4 to 5 at a time. Cute little pile, isn’t it? The previous photo shows a cool tool that holds a branch while sawing, but it only holds one at a time. It’s a bit cumbersome to put the saw down while I reload.
When 1:00 rolls around, I turn off the saw and fill my wagon.
…and split some larger rounds. Yep, I learned how to split wood this summer!
I may not get all these branches finished this year, but will do my best.
There are a couple of logs still lying around that I’ll tackle after I’m more adept at sawing. I’ll have to saw them in place since I can’t even roll, much less lift these up to any tool or make-shift holders!
The best news of the day is my neighbor, inspired by my project cleared HIS property. This makes it possible for me to get a truck down to the bottom of my property! Yay, instead of hauling my little wagon uphill, I’m now hauling it a short distance downhill to the truck. Truck gets loaded & I simply drive out ~ YAY!! Of course, then I have to unload the truck and stack it, but that’s a story for another day.