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September 5, 2016

Steider Studios.Clouds and Blue Sky.9.4.16

I don’t enjoy crowds, so instead of hiking in the Columbia River Gorge or going to a waterfall on Sunday (a three-day holiday weekend), I took a drive.  Surprisingly I ended up at one of my favorite places, Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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It was a lovely quiet day and felt like I had the entire place to myself!  The shot at top was looking east and this shot was looking west.  Sun on one side and rain on the other!

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After watching a bachelor of bucks close to home practice their rutting techniques the previous night, I was hoping to find elk doing the same.  Alas, no elk and very few birds revealed themselves to me.

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Instead I found a ton of dragonflies!  I watched this one eat a bug!!

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And a Sulphur finally let me capture it!  I can’t tell you how long I’ve chased these beautiful butterflies hoping for a picture!

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I did see several sparrows ~ I believe this is a Song Sparrow.

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Swallows are still filling the sky and I managed to capture this Violet-green Swallow in flight!

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I entertained myself for a moment studying this stand of Quaking Aspen.

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From the top to bottom they are a magnificent tree.

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Just look at that beautiful bark!

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Speaking of magnificence, wildflowers abound on the refuge.  I’m not sure, but I think there were two bees sharing pollen in this aster.

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Goldenrod lit up some of the roads…..

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…interspersed with Bird’s-foot Trefoil.

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I thought I heard a Western Meadowlark!   He pretended to not notice me as I pretended to not sneak closer to him.

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He thought he was invisible and he almost was.  My camera had a hard time focusing through the branches so I had to give it a little help.  Yes, I can still focus manually!

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House Wren made a lot of racket as I chased some nearby butterflies.

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Sandhill Cranes are still roaming the refuge, but I only saw 6 all day long and they were in flight.

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I think this is a Golden-crowned Sparrow, but it could be a juvenile White-crowned.  Help with ID is always appreciated ~ especially for sparrows, the ultimate of Little Brown Birds!

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As the afternoon wore on, dark clouds moved closer and a few spots of rain hit my dusty car.

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The dragonflies didn’t mind.

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Oh look, another Sulphur resting long enough to let me watch him.

Steider Studios.Sandhill Crane Pair in Flight.9.4.16

As I thought about calling it a day I heard Sandhill Cranes calling from afar…

Steider Studios.Heron on Kreps Ln.9.4.16

…and watched a Heron crossing Kreps Lane ~ first time I’ve seen them in this area!

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With the arrival of colorful foliage, I wish you a Happy September my friends.  I’ve had a magical summer and hope to stay at my computer long enough to tell you about it!!  One day soon…..I promise….I hope….maybe…..after my next adventure!

By the way, I’m now on Instagram, I hope you’ll follow me there!  Just look for Steider Studios!

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A friend had me walk her property to capture wildlife, pretty flowers or anything interesting I could find. When we first arrived, even though it was a glorious morning it was still and quiet. We walked in dew covered grass until our shoes and pant hems were soaked.

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Our first sighting was a Western Gray Squirrel. I saw a flash of it’s tail under the morning sun as it ran across a log. My trigger finger clicked away until he ran out of sight.

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Overhead a juvenile Bald Eagle soared majestically as we searched for little birds.

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A pair of Turkey Vultures seemed to float high overhead ~ too high for my camera to take decent pictures, and they eventually landed in a snag far in the distance.

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Finally we heard familiar bird songs and found a Mountain Chickadee singing from a branch.

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We watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch gather nesting material.

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A Yellow-rumped Warbler made it’s presence known. A couple of ravens flew noisily overhead and we discovered their nest later.

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Then a White-breasted Nuthatch appeared! I love seeing this bird as I rarely see it at home.

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We also saw a plethora of wildflowers. I’m told this little pansy is unusual so will share it here. I don’t recall the name, but will edit in when I recall or learn!  I’ve been out and about taking lots of wildflower shots lately, and will have to write a post just on those!

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This was the first butterfly of the day we saw. I’m guessing it’s a Hairstreak or a Duskywing, but I hope to know after Robert Michael Pyle’s lecture (founder of the Xerces Society) at the White Salmon library on April 29th.  By the way, you can see some of my nature photography there for the rest of April.  I tried to choose images that correspond to the weekly lectures, so you’ll definitely find a butterfly or two!

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We saw something move in a tree…..seeing a lizard instead of a bird was a big surprise! Looks like I need to buy a book on reptile I.D.  Tree Lizard?  Fence Lizard?

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As the morning progressed we saw hawks, more vultures and THIS!! A Golden Eagle juvenile, on my list of birds to find and photograph!! My morning delight, for sure!!  Not the best image due to how far away it was, but nevertheless a Golden!!

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Closer up, we found this Dragonfly when we sat down for a little break. Could it be a Robust Pink Skimmer? It was fresh and shimmering as though it had just emerged.

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Walking back to our car we found this sweet little bird. Hutton’s Vireo? We heard one singing earlier.  Originally we thought it a Kinglet, but his beak looks a bit longer than my book shows.  Looking further through my book, it might be a Phoebe, a Vireo, a Flycatcher, or a Kinglet!  I have so much still to learn!!

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Another Butterfly guess, Elfin? We chased an Orangetip but I couldn’t get a clear shot of that one.

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Exiting, we spied this Western Bluebird watching us from the tree it clung to. We saw and heard more, but these are some of my highlights from the 1500 photos I took!

 

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Now I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined the Crafts Report subscription affiliate program!  If you subscribe using the following link, I’ll get credit for referring you.  This is the link to subscribe to Crafts Report Magazine.  The best deal is a 3 year subscription print and digital – that’s what I chose because I’d rather sit outside in my garden, magazine in hand than on my computer indoors.

Steider Studios:  Fritillary Butterfly

In other news, I’ve been ever so slowly adding new note cards to my Zibbet shop.  I always plan computer work after I’ve spent my energy in the garden or studio…then find I have no energy to write creative descriptions!  So if the weather is bad and I’m caught up at work that’s when I actually get something done online.

By the way, thanks to all who’ve supported my friend Kathy after her motorcycle accident – she was in ICU for just over a month and is now in a rehab treatment facility.  She’s a mighty warrior, that girl!

Friday February First

February 1, 2013

Steider Studios:  'Lavender Blue Mood'

Happy Friday!  Happy February!  Tonight is my opening for The Blues at Columbia Arts in Hood River.  30 artists have submitted wonderful work and I know I’ll see some of you there!  Columbia Arts hosts fabulous winter parties for their openings this time of year.

One week from today the Yard, Garden & Patio Show opens!  I’ll be in booth 659 near the display gardens.  Stop by, say hello and tell me you follow my blog.

Steider Studios:  Kiln-formed Glass Wall Pocket Vase

This morning I’ll be pulling new wall pocket vases out of my kilns.  I have lots of new glass for your home and garden PLUS….

Steider Studios:  Monarch ButterflyI’ll have new note cards made from my photographs AND some canvas wraps and metal prints that are absolutely stunning!  I am loving my new photographic efforts and results.

Get $2.00 off admission with this coupon:  YGP 2013 admission coupon

Steider Studios:  Peach Hibiscus

Next on my calendar is a mini-solo show at ‘The Nook’ at Columbia Arts.  It will open March 1st, in addition to work I’m submitting for the ‘Gorge Artists Open Studios Preview’ at Columbia Art Gallery with 29 other artists.

Steider Studios:  Textured with Green Dichro, Long

This just in, my jewelry is included in an article, ‘Top Jewelry Trends’ in Glossi Magazine!

April will be a killer month with an event each weekend, beginning with the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas – although my classes are not filling this year, so I may not get to go.  My open studio sale is the second weekend, followed by ‘Artists of the Gorge’, a weekend art show at Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River!  The last weekend in April is the largest show of my year, ‘Glass Gallery’ in Portland at the Convention Center.  The Gathering of the Guilds is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast and is always a must see.  If at all possible, plan to spend a couple of days perusing all the fabulous art at this show.  There is so much to see, so many artists and media that you’ll want to take home one of everything!

You will find my nature photographs above published as all occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop. Just click this link.

Love my Lytro!

August 15, 2012

Exciting news, I was personally invited to take part in the first Lytro contest because of this photo of flags I took on Memorial Day.  Lytro published it on their Facebook page a few months back!  Click the link, wait for the photo to load, then click on different flags to alter the focus.

The butterfly photo above is the first of my Lytro entries and to help me win, you can vote for it at Lytro’s Photo Contest on Facebook.  You do want me to win, right?  You are entered to win a Lytro for yourself with each vote you cast.  You can only vote for each photo one time and only one photo per day.

What do I win?  Each week for seven weeks, five finalists will win a Lytro Accessories package (including new to the world accessories that are coming out later this year). One of those 35 finalists will win the Grand Prize – a Master Light Field Photography Lesson with Eric Cheng, Director of Photography at Lytro; plus FIVE cameras to give to my friends!

If you’re on Facebook, please help me win by voting here:  Lytro’s Photo Contest on Facebook  (at this time the contest is being held on Facebook, no other way to vote).  And, if you’ll share with your friends I’d really really appreciate it.  Your friends will also appreciate it if they win a Lytro!

We can enter photos daily and these are some of the others I’m considering.  If I were on WordPress.org instead of .com, you’d be able to click and refocus the photos here.  Alas, to do that you need to visit my Lytro Photo Page.

My Lytro was a Christmas gift, but I didn’t get it until April because they were manufactured and shipped slowly!  If you haven’t yet heard about it, go to Lytro.com for all the info, but essentially it captures the entire light field instead of a single plane.  The fun part is that you can refocus your photo after you upload it to your computer – and you can share it as an interactive photo online.

I hope you’ll vote vote for my Butterfly photo at the top of this post and as a result, I hope YOU are the winner of a new Lytro camera!

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