Ch Ch Ch Changes…

December 15, 2016


Since my last art show I’ve been out in the field enjoying wild critters and places with no looming deadlines or responsibilities.


Bald Eagles are back….


…Tundra Swans are back….


I gave a talk on Wildlife Photography to the Sherman County Camera Club, and played at the John Day Dam prior to their meeting.

…and I’m back at work in a new & different way!


Invited to join and show my photography at co-op gallery, Made in the Gorge… I said YES!  108 Oak Street, downtown Hood River ~ you’ll find me there on Saturdays.  Come in & say hi!!


I know I keep promising to tell you of recent adventures….it’s just so hard to sit at my computer & tell you about the last one when I want to be out experiencing the next one!


My first sighting of a Red-necked Grebe in the Gorge!


Our first snowfall of the season on the White Salmon River at Husum.


A rare sighting of Bohemian Waxwings in Trout Lake! …


…and my photo used in Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library!! I so wish it had been a blue sky day instead of winter gray!  Thrilled just the same!!


I tend to share more often on my Facebook page and would love you to give me a ‘like’ over there!!

For now, I’m on my way to shovel off our decks…again!  Eight fresh inches on top of two earlier feet of snow this week!  Fa La La La La and Happy Holidays to you & yours!!

Art White Salmon Fall Tour

October 21, 2015

Steider Studios.Dragonfly.8.26.15This 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.

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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.

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I’ll have many of my Columbia River Gorge sunset images on cards and in print….

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…and a few Columbia Gorge sunrise images.  You know it’s easier to catch the sun going down than the sun coming up, right?

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I’ll have all occasion greeting cards and small 5 x 7 prints that include my wildlife shots ….

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… and many of my favorite bird images on cards and printed on metal.

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And of course I’ll have some glass.

AWS New listing and map

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!! 

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Fall migration is a good time to go out and scout for birds in the Columbia River Gorge.  Our local group of ‘Bird Nerds’ had a wonderful time walking one section of The Dalles waterfront on Sunday.

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After a wonderful breakfast at La Petite Provence in The Dalles our first encounter was a Great Blue Heron that saw us before we saw him.  He flew out of the cove and onto a diving platform in the Columbia River.

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While standing in that cove we also saw a Brewer’s Blackbird and his mate…

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…and at least one Killdeer as well as several ducks … possibly Mallards … possibly females …. definitely brown.

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It was thrilling to watch a trio of terns fishing from the next cove.

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They also made use of the diving platform that the heron had abandoned.

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We saw many smaller birds flying overhead ~ I managed to capture this one, a Scrub Jay.

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As we walked into the next section I caught a Raven taking a break in the sun.

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We spotted a Western Grebe swimming in the distance.

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A couple of Ospreys hunted from overhead.

Steider Studios.Bird Walk.TD Waterfront.9.13.15-14We saw many sweet little American Goldfinches in trees and in flight.  Lucky for me one landed on a close branch.

Steider Studios.Bird Walk.TD Waterfront.9.13.15-12I caught a Cormorant in flight as we continued our easterly walk along the shoreline.

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A rack of American Coots drifted in the Columbia River….

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….and more ducks flying overhead that we couldn’t identify…

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…and some in flight that brought discussion ~ is it a crow or a raven and the characteristics to look for.

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The surrounding bushes were filled with delightful song, but alas we couldn’t see the choir.

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We saw plenty of gulls, most were white but some were brown.  Without an expert along we just enjoyed the sightings and hoped we’d figure out who was who later.

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My highlight of the day was a Great Egret who gracefully flew directly in front of us.

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This bird is simply stunning.  It felt so magical to watch that I almost forgot to lift my camera!

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Heading back to the parking lot a flock of Cedar Waxwings landed in a tree ahead of us.

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A friend said to watch for a Red-necked Grebe, but I didn’t see one.  I believe this is a Pied-billed Grebe.  Check out the tiny fish jumping out of the water all around him!!!

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Returning to our starting point the ducks were gone but a lone Domestic Goose brunched his way across the pond.  Those of us who met on Sunday consider ourselves novices, but we did ok locating and identifying most of what we saw.  Most being the operative word, we also saw plenty of LBBs (little brown birds), Peeps, Gulls and Waterfowl.

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Afterwards I took a Sunday Drive and found Bighorn Sheep east of the John Day River.

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Returning home the region filled with smoke from yet another wildfire.  This shot is from the Westbound Cellilo exit on 84.  It was the first point I could see brown mixed with the white smoke, giving me an idea of where the fire was, east of Horsethief Lake.

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This shot of the Horsethief Fire in the Columbia River Gorge was taken from directly across the Columbia River and digitally enhanced to see through the smoke.  Sounds like it is close to controlled as of this post according to the Goldendale Sentinel.

If any of my birding friends have corrections for me, they are always welcome!!




Did you see me?

May 18, 2009

Columbia Gorge Art Festival '09

Columbia Gorge Art Festival '09

…at the 11th Annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival?  My display was a rainbow of color!  I had a huge collection of Celestials.  Wallpockets.  Glass inlaid wooden boxes.  Vessels for your flowers.  New cast glass boxes (more photos to come!).    This week will be spent stocking my on-line store with beautiful sparkly glass, as this was my last show of the season so I won’t be working quite so ‘full steam’ in the studio.

The festival is a yearly fundraiser for the Corbett Education Foundation (http://www.corbetteducationfoundation.org).  If you missed it this year, be sure to watch for it next year!  Overseen by Pam, an energetic woman and co-owner of Natural Spaces, she has a wonderful crew of volunteers, including Donna, Dee, Sue and so many others who make the artists not only feel welcome, but well taken care of.  They help us load in, help us sell & watch for us if we’re not there.  They feed us, bring us sweet treats if we need an afternoon pick up, BUY FROM US (!), then when it’s over help us load out.  I’m usually the last to leave, so the other artists might not know that after the close of the show, they also put the school back together with the aid of digital photos, exactly how they found it!  They vacuum, they put the children’s artwork back up on the walls, they carry out bags and bags of trash.  Kudos to them one and all!

My neighbor this year, Laurie Miller had a wonderful colorful display of her work that you can see at: http://lauriemillerdesigns.blogspot.com.  I have one of her fabulous boxes that I keep special jewelry findings in.

My friend Cindy Cossu at: http://mysite.verizon.net/res83mar/ always has wonderful new work there.  She’s and I have exchanged artwork over the years so I have a nice collection of her work.

I chose to do some very early Christmas shopping (doing my part to stimulate the economy!) and purchased well over the average I was told!  Some of the treasures I found were decorative paper boxes with working drawers by Mike Smith.  Um….I guess since my family might read this I’d better not go into too much detail, but for the children in my life, I found wonderful Fairy Chairs by David Palomino (http://davidpalomino.com/)  and Fairy baskets by his wife, Nancy (http://nancypalomino.com/).  Some of the other artists I purchased from:  Judee Moonbeam, Marguerite Perry, Linda Rydman, Jeanie Stein, Krista Weber, Kris Zorko.  One of my favorite artists there is Melissa Gannon, and even though I wasn’t able to purchase from her this time, I want you to see the incredible work she does: http://melissagannon.com.  As soon as I learn how to insert hyperlinks, I’ll edit so you can click on their names to see their work!  For now you’ll have to see them the old fashioned way by ‘Googling’.

Thanks again to Pam & crew for another wonderful show.  See you next year!

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