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Great Blue Heron photo-bombs Swans at Bingen Pond.

Great Blue Heron photo-bombs Swans at Bingen Pond.

I love how this Great Blue Heron photo-bombed my Swan shot.

Ring-necked Ducks in a 'fly by' with Swan at Bingen Pond.

Ring-necked Ducks in a ‘fly by’ with Swan at Bingen Pond.

Today I went back to the Bingen Marina hoping for a couple of do-overs because my camera settings got skewed a couple of days ago and of course I didn’t notice.

Great Blue Heron at Bingen Marina near the pond.

Great Blue Heron at Bingen Marina near the pond.

But you know there are never do-overs in photography or life – only new opportunities!

Red tailed Hawk overlooking Bingen Pond.

Red tailed Hawk overlooking Bingen Pond.

New opportunities are always on my horizon.  In one way or another.

Scrub Jay at Bingen Marina.

Scrub Jay at Bingen Marina.

Wasn’t it just 20 days ago I spoke of wanting more time.

Sparrow at Bingen Marina

Sparrow at Bingen Marina

I should have remembered that saying “Be careful what you wish for”.

American Kestrel on Snowden Road.

American Kestrel on Snowden Road.

Due to a family emergency, I cancelled all upcoming art shows and put my online shops on vacation.

Merganser Taking Off in the Klickitat River.

Merganser Taking Off in the Klickitat River.

I spent 10 days at Providence-Portland Medical-Center with a loved one.

Trio of Juvenile Eagles at Lyle Point.

Trio of Juvenile Eagles at Lyle Point.

I am full of gratitude that we are all on the road to recovery now, but what a nightmare it was.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight at Lyle Point.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight at Lyle Point.

I left thank you notes all over that hospital.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight, Lyle Point

Juvenile Bald Eagle in flight, Lyle Point

The RNs, CNAs, Docs, Food Service people, Cleaning Crew – even the Cafeteria Staff were enormously compassionate and kind to me and my family.

Scrub Jay at Bingen Marina

Scrub Jay at Bingen Marina

They are the ‘Earthly Angels’ among us.

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle at Balfour

Steider Studios.Juvenile Bald Eagle at Balfour

Many heartfelt thanks also went out to family and friends who held us up in prayer and good thoughts.  Sent daily (sometimes hourly) messages.  Brought me food.  Sent us a Christmas tree!  I love you all!!

Northern Flicker at Balfour.

Northern Flicker at Balfour.

Back at the ‘Ranch’, I am trying to do nothing but enjoy precious time with my loved ones.

Bald Eagle on a snag along the Columbia River.

Bald Eagle on a snag along the Columbia River.

I’m thinking 2015 will be quite different from my usual mach speed, ‘say yes to everything’ way of working.

American Wigeon at Bingen Marina.

American Wigeon at Bingen Marina.

Not sure yet how I’ll accomplish that, but I look forward to giving it a try.

I think this is a Greater Scaup at the Hood River Marina.

I think this is a Greater Scaup at the Hood River Marina.

And it felt REALLY good to take a deep breath, get out in fresh air and back to nature with my camera just two days ago.

Bald Eagle in Flight at Balfour.

Bald Eagle in Flight at Balfour.

Wishing you & yours a 2015 that is everything you hope for.

Steider Studios:  Barred Owl at Tualatin Nature Park

I went back to Tualatin Hills Nature Park just in time to see the last Pileated woodpecker fledge.  You can see it’s first moment outside the nest on my 365 -Empty Nest post.  Afterwards I planned to search for the Barred owl again, but I didn’t have to.  It was sitting on a branch directly over a path around the corner from the woodpecker nest!

Steider Studios:  Barred Owl in Tree

Usually when you see it you have to wonder why you missed it as you walked past it the first time.  This time there was already a group of people under the tree looking up at it so it was easy to spot.

Steider Studios:  Barred Owl Back

This barred owl was smaller than the one I saw last week, but much easier to photograph since he wasn’t in the thick of trees.  As the crowd grew he turned his head watching us.

Steider Studios:  Owl Head Shot

You know I took 500 shots of him.  These are my favorites.  With my new lens!!

Steider Studios: Fluffy Barred Owl

At one point he fluffed up his feathers – isn’t he gorgeous?

Steider Studios:  Barred Owl Fluffed Up

Some people left, others came then left.  I will go back to this amazing park to enjoy again without a crowd.  It has a spiritual, magical feel to it.  You might want to check out their Facebook page to see photos that people share of the amazing landscape and wildlife.

Steider Studios:  Owl Ready to Pounce

My last shot of him is a blur as he flew directly toward, then past me.  This is the last shot before he left the branch.  I could not manipulate my camera with the new lens fast enough to catch his flight.  Still practicing with it!!  Starting to get excited about how I’ll translate these images into glass.

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January ~ A Month of Eagles

February 2, 2014

Steider Studios:  Bald Eagle Take Off into Flight, 1.6.14

January was an incredible month for chasing eagles.  I’ve been down by the river all month in spite of below freezing temperatures.

Steider Studios:  Bald Eagle.1.13.14

The best day was January 27th when my friend Nancy and I counted FORTY SIX eagles between Major Creek, Balfour Park, The Dalles Dam, Meyer Park and Mosier.  Simply stated, it was a magical day.

Steider Studios:  Bald Eagle in Tree.1.6.14

Thousands of photos later, I’ve whittled down my image catalog to those I can’t bear to part with.  Not all are that great, but remind me of what I saw, staring up in wonder at the magnificent Bald eagles.

Steider Studios:  Juvenile Eagle.1.13.14

January was a magical journey full of inspiration.  We photographed many other birds, but mostly we chased eagles.  Without further ado:

Steider Studios:  Eagle Catches Fish.1.13.14

On the Klickitat River I caught an adult bald eagle taking his fish to a more private dining area.

Steider Studios:  Eagle Takes Off

Further up the Klickitat River eagles were harder to photograph due to camouflage of twigs and branches.

Steider Studios:  Klickitat River.1.13.14

While we wait for photo opportunities the surrounding landscapes are breath-taking.  This is an upper section of the Klickitat River on a frigid January morning.  I can still hear it roar.

Steider Studios:  Bald Eagle in Flight.1.6.14

My heart soars with these magnificent birds.  Am I lucky?  Blessed?  In the right place at the right time?  Yes.

Steider Studios:  Foggy Balfour Park

This is Balfour Park where eagles perch in trees along the Klickitat River.  I’m still waiting for my new Tamron 150-600mm lens that will allow me to get much closer to these incredible birds.

Steider Studios:  Eagle@Balfour.1.27.14

This adult bald eagle perched right on the paved path at Balfour where numerous visitors including Yours Truly were able to photograph him endlessly.

Steider Studios:  Eagles at The Dalles Dam on 1.27.14

At the Dalles Dam on the Columbia River dozens of bald eagles congregate daily.  I will get much better shots of them with my new lens.  If it arrives before the eagles leave!

Steider Studios:  Juvenile Eagle Taking Off

A juvenile bald eagle surprised me when he took off directly overhead at Major Creek.  I think I surprised him too!

Steider Studios:  Eagle in Flight along Hwy14, January 2014.

Although not sharp, I like this photo because of the white feathers on his back and his tail feathers have brown tips.  Near Lyle Point along Highway 14.

Steider Studios:  Mosier Creek at Columbia RiverMosier Creek where it flows into the Columbia River is another great spot for watching eagles.

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Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flower

My plate is so full I needed a day of respite at the Japanese Garden in Portland.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flower 2

Today was their ‘Free Day’, so I picked up a friend and we headed into the city.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden.  Tree

Alas, so did everyone else.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Edgeworthia

We found a place to park but it was a good hike from the garden entrance.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Waterfall

Once inside the garden we decided to venture the opposite way as everyone else.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Koi

Not exactly what I pictured for a day of respite, but you know me … captivated by the surrounding beauty, everything but the garden and emergence of spring faded from my thoughts.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Tree 2

Until the troop of boy scouts going the wrong way in the one way zone, but even that made me laugh.  Three tall men leading a dozen or more little scouts across a narrow path with clearly marked arrows, maneuvered their way around the rest of us.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Waterfall 3

A quick trip, big crowds, but well worth it.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flowers 4

As my friend said with longing “The blossoms let me know that our spring is really just around the corner”.

Steider Studios:  Japanese Garden. Pink Flowers 3

I’m back in the studio this evening, working on a few things for a mini solo show at ‘The Nook’, inside Columbia Art Gallery.  My show will open the First Friday in March, I hope to see some of you there!

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Steider:  Eagles at Balfour Park

Happy New Year!  I look forward to sharing new adventures with you, starting with today’s!  My glassy girlfriends and I planned a hike up the Klickitat River in search of Bald Eagles.  This time of year they’re abundant along the Columbia River and it’s tributaries.

Steider:  At Dark Thirty You Can See Bald Eagles

At dark thirty an eagle’s white head absolutely glows.  We had the entire Klickitat River to ourselves – just me and my dog.  My friends bailed on me last night, but I can’t blame them – one was sick & the other was expecting a studio visitor today.  It was 22 degrees when I left at 7 a.m., 32 degrees when I arrived at the parking lot, but a balmy 40 down by the river!

Steider:  Klickitat River at the Confluence of the Columbia River

I hiked down to a sandy beach along the Klickitat River near the Confluence of the Columbia River to get as close as I could to the birds.  I am always inspired and invigorated when this close to nature and wildlife.  Even if it IS freezing outside!

Steider:  Geese on the Klickitat River

There were plenty of geese on the Klickitat River while I (im)patiently waited for bald eagles to become active.  They were understandably nervous about my dog being so close to them.

Steider:  Youthful Bald Eagle in Flight

A youthful bald eagle was the first to let me practice my ‘in flight’ photography.

Steider:  Youthful Bald Eagle Landing in a Tree Along the Klickitat River

He landed with grace and I managed to get 150 blurry photos of his skill.

Steider:  Another Young Eagle Lands in Tree

A second youth showed up right on his heels as I continued to snap away, getting as many practice shots of eagles in flight as I could.

Steider:  Ducks Landing on the Klickitat River

I think these ducks decided to take cover from the flurry of young eagles flying about.

Steider:  More Young Eagles in Flight

A third young eagle flew over shortly after the first two.

Steider:  Adult Bald Eagle Landing Above the Klickitat

This adult bald eagle flew in from the upper part of the Klickitat River and joined the five that I’d been watching.

Steider:  Geese Swimming to Shore

In the meantime, my new friends decided my dog wasn’t coming to the river’s edge after all.

Steider:  Bald Eagle on Tree Branch

I counted six adults and three young bald eagles this morning plus sighted one along the highway on my way home.

Steider:  Heron Flying Away

Oh!  Two herons burst out of one small creek and headed north along the river – they were thrilling to watch and I’m happy I caught one with my camera!

Steider:  Young Eagle in Flight

The young eagles put on a great show for me.  They seemed more active at 9 than they were at 8.  Think I’ll plan my next trip accordingly.

Steider:  Young Eagle Flying Overhead

It was hard to get a clear picture as they flew overhead against the gray sky.  Most of my overhead shots are just silhouettes.

Steider:  Ducks Coming in for a Landing

I don’t know why I like this shot of the ducks landing, but it’s so full of color against the gray water that I decided to include it for you.

Steider:  Bald Eagle Sitting in Tree

This was about the closest I could get to the eagles in the trees along the river.  I need a longer lens!  I hadn’t wanted to carry it, but next time I’ll pack along my tripod.  After about an hour and a half I was frozen in spite of three layers of clothing.  We’re expecting freezing rain this afternoon, so I’ll stay snug in my studio for the next few days gearing up for shows and photographing the hundreds of earrings I made the last few months.

The Glass Craft & Bead Expo is just around the corner.  I hope you can take a class with me this year!  I’ll post more info soon!

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Chasing Eagles

January 12, 2012

When people ask “what inspires you?” I want to show them photos I’ve taken near my home in the Columbia River Gorge.    The Pacific Northwest is full of spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, but this area defines rugged awe-inspiring beauty.

Today I was awake, dressed and in town before sunrise, sitting in a parking lot along the Columbia River waiting for friends.   I was graced with pink skies as the sun woke up, framing Mt. Hood with a splendor that took my breath away.

What were we doing so early,  you ask?  Heading to the Klickitat River where eagles can be counted in the dozens on some days, we were hoping for a lively show this morning.

Last week I counted 16 in the same spot and watched in amazement as they soared overhead, singing to one another.  This morning there were only six, but we were thrilled to spot them in surrounding trees.

Did I mention it was 20 degrees?  We were cold, so stayed less than an hour before our fingers were too numb to push our shutter buttons.

Back in our semi-warm car, we drove to the head of the Klickitat River where it flows into the Columbia.

We counted five young eagles, but no white headed birds.  Four were sitting on a slag and the fifth was soaring over the sandbar.

Our next stop was Doug’s Beach, where I’ve seen eagles perched on tree tops next to the Columbia River.

We saw three bald eagles flying against the canyons, but my camera would not reach that far, so I shot photos of us instead.

We crossed the Columbia and traveled west to Meyer Park, another great eagle watching spot, but there were none to be seen on the Oregon side of the river this morning.

If you look close, you can see ice surrounding the inlet.

Our last stop of the day was the Hood River Marina where a flock of geese congregated on the expanse of lawn between the museum and DMV.  No eagles, but big birds nonetheless.

My friends tell me I need to upgrade my point & shoot to a DSLR.  They’re right, but if I don’t get back to the studio I won’t have anything to trade for the $$$ I need for that upgrade!

Take flight.  Get inspired.  Be creative.  Chase eagles.

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Taking the Scenic Route

January 17, 2010

After a quick half-day Glass Clay class yesterday at GlassHopper Patterns, I decided to take the scenic route home on the old highway along the Columbia River.

It was a cloudy, misty, gray day ~ perfect for photographing landscapes for my 365 One Day at a Time project.

I thought it would clear my mind and provide inspiration for this week in the studio where I’ll be working towards a gallery show, “Red“, opening in February at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River.

I know, I know, these shots are all forest-filled greens and white waterfalls; try to think ‘after-image’.  And look at all the red branches and twigs!  Not to mention all the color you can see when squinting your eyes at the falls and forest floor!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the waterfalls and I’d forgotten the powerful sound of  water roaring down the side of a mountain.

When standing in front of a serious waterfall, the roar is deafening, your heart pounds, your eyes are mesmerized by the water dancing downward while the mist cascades over you.

I finally took the lens cap off and started shooting.

Trying to capture the entire landscape as well as smaller, interesting parts of it, I was looking for an interesting angle that hasn’t been noticed before.

In the end, of course it’s all been documented by many others before me, but I had a wonderful time photographing my personal view of a day in the Pacific Northwest.

I hope you enjoy my results and can find inspiration from them.

The top and last photos are Multnomah Falls, in the middle of where I started my tour – at Wahkeena Falls with the rocky bottom; and ended it at Horsetail Falls with the ultra mossy trees.  If you click on the photos you can read the photo titles telling which is which.  Please feel free to comment as I love knowing what you think about what I’m posting.  Whether inspirational landscape photos, glass news and info, upcoming classes or anything else!

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