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Steider Studios:  Hummingbird Resting on Crocosmia

Gorge Artists has a call to artists for the 2014 open studios tour in the Columbia River Gorge.  Our deadline is Oct 1, 2013.  Starting earlier this year, the organization hopes to avoid the frantic trying to get everything done that always seem to happen when no one has time to take care of business.  Applications are on our website, gorgeartists.org.

Steider Studios:  Sunbeams through Morning Trees

Although I don’t get as much traffic as artists who are in town during the studio tour, I can show you a gorge-ous scenic view when you arrive.  I’ll have plenty of hand-made art glass available as well as a larger selection of my photography than I have in the past.   OK.  Time to get my application in!  All artists who live in the Columbia River Gorge are welcome to apply.  Join me!!!

You can see many of my photographs published as all occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop.

Note Cards from my Photographs

September 10, 2013

Steider Studios.Osprey Building Nest 5.19.13

I’ve played with photography the last few years and have turned many photos into note cards to sell.   You can click the corresponding links to read more about each card.  This osprey was building a nest along the Columbia River near Multnomah Falls.

Steider Studios:  Raven in Flight 7.2.13

I love the challenge of capturing birds in flight.  This raven was flying near a path I often hike.

Steider Studios:  Rufous Sided Towhee

I also like capturing birds in my garden.  The Rufous sided towhee is difficult to catch standing still like this.
Steider Studios:  Winter Chickadee
I love the texture of this little chickadee’s feathers as he perched on a branch covered with hoarfrost.
Steider Studios:  Rufous Hummingbird
One of my favorite bird challenges is capturing hummingbirds in flight.  In flight or resting, this little Rufous was too colorful to pass up!
Steider Studios: Blue bellied Lizard
I love capturing all of nature, not just birds!  This lizard with attitude suns himself on my stone wall.
Steider Studios:  Northern Checkerspot Butterfly
Butterflies are just as amazing to me as birds and I’ve learned so much about them through photography.  This Northern Checkerspot is a rare find in my garden.
Steider Studios:  Swallowtail on Wild Lily
Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are the largest I’ve seen in my Northwest garden.
Steider Studios:  Fritillary Butterfly on Wild Lily
Fritillary butterflies are among the smallest with an approximate one inch wing span.
Steider Studios:  Trio of Parrot Tulips
I grow many plants to attract flying critters, so while I’m waiting for them to arrive I also love photographing my flowers.   A trio of Parrot tulips is among my favorite botanical photographs.
Steider Studios:  Trillium
Wildflowers also grow in my garden from reputable seed and breeding folks.  I used to have  a large collection of Trilliums but mostly my white-flowered patches continue blooming each year.
Steider Studios:  Grass Widows
Grass widows grow naturally on my property.  As they slowly increase, I divide and spread them throughout my garden.
Steider Studios:  Bitterroot at Catherine Creek.
Steider Studios:  Klickitat River Rapids
I love hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, you can go from a rain forest to a desert in an hour.  This is a section of the Klickitat River.
Steider Studios:  Christmas Eve Columbia River Gorge
One of my favorite places to hike is just outside my back door.   I’ve taken some stunning shots of the Columbia River Gorge from this spot.
Steider Studios:  Red Sky Sunset
I photographed many sunsets with a filtered red sky from wildfire smoke the last few years.  A few of my photos were published in local news media.
Steider Studos:  Half Moon
Another love of mine is trying to catch the moon  One night my husband called me a ‘Luna’tic as I set up my tripod and I had to laugh because he was right!!
Hope you’ll take a look at my cards and if you’re moved to purchase, I’d be delighted.  I’m placing them in my Artfire Studio first, then will migrate them to my Zibbet Studio.  I also have printed many images on canvas and metal – if you’re interested in taking a look at those, check my home decor sections while at either place.  Not all my images are listed yet, so if you see a photograph that you’d like hanging on your wall just send me a note with the size you want and I’ll make it happen.

To make it easy for you:  Zibbet Home Decor happens to have a few more than my Artfire Home Decor, but eventually they’ll both be full!

Teaching at Half Moon Creek Gallery in Palmer Alaska for the third time, we landed in Anchorage with a side trip to Homer  scheduled first.  Cloud covered, we could see hints of blue sky causing our spirits to soar.  Each previous working vacation has been rainy, cloudy, and generally stormy.


As the sun came out, we knew this trip – our third – would be charmed.

Especially when we saw a moose along the highway before we’d been in Alaska a full day!

As we pulled into Homer, it was a bit dark, but hey….it was 10pm!

We splurged and stayed at Land’s End Resort Hotel, the last building on the Homer Spit.

Our room had a fantastic view and I braved the cold wind, going out on our deck often to breathe in the sea and sky.

Our first full day was long and early, beginning with a halibut fishing trip for my better half.  I had booked a birding excursion, but my trip was cancelled due to high seas.  So I Looked for eagles birds  on land….

…found some seagulls in a parking lot at 6:30 am after dropping my hubby off at the docks, then decided to treat myself to a latte since most of the birds were still asleep.

At Two Sisters Bakery I found one of the best mocha’s I’ve ever had!  Took their shelter from the rain, a warm cinnamon roll and a little wi-fi.

Next I went on a guided hike at the Wynn Nature Center and since I was the only one at 10 am I had a naturalist all to myself for an informative and personalized tour.

The views from Skyline Drive on my way back into town were breathtaking and I still had time to use my plastic at all the galleries, gift shops and book stores in Homer.

Back to my tireless hunt for birds along the sandy shore of the spit…

…found plenty of seagulls….

…and finally….the following day on our way out of town….

…after countless blurry images, this guy decided to pose for a few shots.  He wasn’t happy about it, but he did and I was grateful.

Later that afternoon in Girdwood, we took a short hike at the Historic Crow Creek Gold Mine, ending at the creek’s edge.  We stayed at a B & B and our evening meal just across the street at Double Musky Inn was one of the best ever. Thanks to everyone who recommended it!

Girdwood hosts the Alyeska Resort with an Arial Tram that takes you to the top of Mt. Alyeska, 2300 feet up in seven minutes….. with astonishing views.  When we were here last year it was closed due to high winds, so I was really looking forward to going up.

Not wanting to break our record of clouds and rain in Alaska, this was the clearest shot I had of  Turnagain Arm from the top of Mt. Alyeska.  Exhilarating, nonetheless!

The Alyeska Hotel, viewed during the tram’s descent….which might be a bit scary if you’re in the front.  OK, yes I was scared, but only for a minute, and there were children onboard, so I smiled valiantly, held on tightly and loved every moment even though my white knuckles implied otherwise.

The gardens at Hotel Alyeska are spectacular….the roads in downtown Girdwood are under construction, so I just grabbed a latte and we continued our northern journey.

Almost to Anchorage we stopped at Potter Marsh, the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge with incredible views of Turnagain Arm.

Alas, I wasn’t having a lot of luck with my birding adventure this week, but I did find a few feathered friends to photograph.

The scenery was breathtaking … as it always is … in Alaska … despite gray conditions.

Our next stop enroute to Palmer was the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage.  A lovely short hike with a warning that bears were in the area; but the only wildlife we saw were mosquitoes.  Fortunately I had citronella oil with me.

Can you tell I am completely enamored with the Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis)!  I’ve tried growing them to no avail, but here in Alaska they thrive.

With time for one more stop before arriving in Palmer, we chose to hike at the Eagle River Nature Center (you know I was hoping to see an eagle!).

We found baby swallows, but no eagles in sight.  The setting was gorgeous and we had a great hike!

My Powderology class is the reason for my being in Alaska.  Two days, ten students, 4 kilns filled twice, and a ton of fun at Half Moon Creek in Palmer!  Once again, I had a set of talented people unafraid to take risks, play and explore.  Does anyone in Alaska know what can’t means?  I think not!

A collaged collection of student work, I did not pick up my camera as often as planned.  We start having fun and I forget to document!  It was one of those magical classes where everyone connected, shared ideas, and laughed together.

And we all excitedly gasped as the kilns were opened in the morning!

Our trip to Palmer wouldn’t be complete without a drive up to Hatcher Pass for stunning views.  One last treat by our lovely hosts at Simon’s in Anchorage with a panoramic view of Cook Inlet, then back to our B & B to pack up.  All in all, the third time WAS a charm!  We loved every moment and want to again thank Half Moon Creek for offering another opportunity for an amazing adventure!!

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I need some color!

February 28, 2009

We’ve had too many cold gray days in a row.  I went looking through some old work for the type of day I want to see.

Red Sunset over Gorge

Red Sunset over Gorge

This is a painting I did a couple years ago for a friend.  It’s a view of the Columbia River Gorge just below my house at sunset.  It’s one of my favorite places to paint from.  With the river and sky constantly changing, no two paintings ever turn out the same.   I’ve translated it to glass, but don’t have good photos of the pieces I’ve made.  They seem to sell before I take the time to photograph.

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