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I Saw a Black Bear!

July 29, 2015

Steider Studios.Flicker

I’ve had several fun adventures lately, but today I have to share how fun my own ‘back yard’ is.  I knew I was going to have a great hike when a Northern Flicker landed right in front of me as I headed out!

Steider Studios.Pileated Woodpecker

Meandering along the path I noted it was fairly quiet ~ yesterday the forest was filled with the sound of woodpeckers…..

Steider Studios.American Tree Sparrow

….and little Tree Sparrows chatting to each other,

Steider Studios.Tree Sparrow feeding.7.29.15

parents still bringing food to babes.

Steider Studios.Clarks Nutcracker

I was also thrilled when a Clark’s Nutcracker flew into a pine tree on the bluff ~ I watched him as long as he let me.

Steider Studios.Lazuli Bunting.7.29.15

Today when I arrived at my destination I watched a flock of Lazuli Buntings!

Steider Studios.Lazuli Bunting female.7.29.15

It was amazing to see them here.  Staying in the shadows, I crept closer hoping to get a better shot.

Steider Studios.I Saw A Bear

My dog, usually passive by my side while I photograph suddenly alerted.  She didn’t bark but was insistent, so I tried to see what she was so intent on.  Suddenly a black bear slowly ran behind the trees about 25 feet away.  I froze, my heart pounding with a bit of fear, but I was thrilled and awe-struck.  The sun made his fur glisten and I thought about lifting my camera, but I didn’t want to miss a second of watching him.  If I had, the above is what it would probably look like!

Steider Studios.Bee on Dandelion.7.28.15

I have NEVER been more alert on my way home from a hike.  Yesterday I leisurely hiked home stopping for this bee, but not today…..

Steider Studios.Goldfinch Babes in Bath

Back home an abundance of sweet little fledglings take advantage of my bird bath.  American Goldfinch siblings above.

Steider Studios.Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak just out of the bath.

Sweet, serene, and fun to watch.  Did I say I saw A BEAR today?  I DID!!  I am giddy with excitement that I saw him!!

Birds and The Blues

January 12, 2013

Steider Studios:  Heron Perched Near The Dalles Dam

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!

Steider Studios:  Heron in Flight

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 !

Steider Studios:  Eagles at The Dalles DamAs 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!

Steider Studios:  Klickitat River 1.12.13

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.

Steider Studios:  Pine Siskin at Klickitat River

Maybe it’s the time of year, but I wonder if I’ve ever seen a pine siskin so bright.

Steider Studios:  Flicker at Klickitat River

Flickers were abundant!  I haven’t seen this many in one spot, ever.

Steider Studios:  Eagle in TreeI 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.

Steider Studios:  Columbia River Gorge from Skyline 1.12.13

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?

Columbia Arts_Show Card 'The Blues'

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Columbia Arts_FebShow 'The Blues'_back

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