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September 8, 2014

Steider Studios:  Sunrise 9.7.14_

As I stepped out the door I heard an owl call from the fir tree directly in front of me.  A second hoot responded from the neighboring fir tree.  Then a third owl joined in their conversation from the next tree over!  If I had not been in a race to meet the sun rising on the Columbia River, I would’ve grabbed a flashlight to seek them out.  My date with the sun would not wait so I left the owls conversing and sped down the hill to meet my sunrise at Mayer State Park.

Steider Studios:  Starling

My BirthDay is in September and I generally spend the entire month celebrating.  One of my birthday gifts was a NEW CAMERA!  So, after three hundred sunrise photos I headed to Lyle Point, a favorite birding spot to see how my new camera would capture birds.  I watched this pretty Starling sitting on a snag observing his world for a while.

Steider Studios:  Rusty Blackbird 9.7.14

There were tons of black birds at Lyle Point – I am including the speckled Starling because from a distance they look black.  I watched a group of them flying through a pine tree, having a little pine cone breakfast.  Trying to learn my new Nikon D-7100 while keeping up with the action was daunting at times.  I was thrilled to have this bird pose for a minute.

Steider Studios:  Ringed Turtle Dove Pair 9.7.14_

To our delight, we found a flock of Ringed Turtle Doves flying from tree to tree shortly after our arrival at Lyle Point.  It was such a beautiful morning, windless, warm and the river was crystal clear and calm.  By now, it is daylight and I can see all the buttons on my camera.  Trying to learn and remember each button and it’s function!

Steider Studios:  Red-winged black bird 9.7.14_

A Red-winged Blackbird landed on the top of a tiny tree and posed for just a minute.  I think he was saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to ME!!

Steider Studios:  Lewis' Woodpecker 9.7.14

To my surprise, one of my favorite birds appeared for just a moment, a Lewis’ Woodpecker!  I managed to get 3 shots of him before he skipped town.  I followed in his path, but to no avail – he was gone or very well hidden.

Steider Studios:  Brewer's Blackbird 9.7.14

I love how iridescent the wings of a Brewer’s Blackbird are.  This is another black bird that I was unfamiliar with.  We saw a lot of these, but they kept their distance and didn’t pose long.  Yes, I needed them to pose because my 150-600 Tamron lens is heavy; and I am trying to learn my new camera!

Steider Studios:  Brewer's Blackbird 9.7.14

I think this is a Brewer’s Blackbird coming in for a landing, but I think I’m starting to get all the black birds confused.

Steider Studios:  Brewer's blackbird, female 9.7.14

“This is a female Brewer’s Blackbird” she said as she put down her birding field guide to re-check her camera manual and re-read how to change the white balance and f-stop.  Again.

Steider Studios:  Crow Pair, 9.7.14

Although there were a few more black birds at Lyle Point yesterday, this is the last of the black birds I’ll show you.  For now.  A pair of crows.  I believe.  Thankfully they were not in flight.  Just posing on a snag for me.  Where was that re-play button on my new camera?

Steider Studios:  Cycle Oregon at Lyle 9.7.14

While we were in Lyle, we snapped some shots of the Cycle Oregon folks taking a break.  And I re-read page 6 “The Mode Dial”.

Steider Studios:  Cove on Columbia River 9.7.14

By late morning we found a cove on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.  It was a stunning spot – calm, peaceful, restful.  We took our time exploring.

Steider Studios:  Song Sparrow.9.7.14

We found a few woodpeckers but they were in dense forest.  Instead I focused on this sweet Song Sparrow taking a bath in the Columbia River.

Steider Studios:  Dragonfly.blue on rock.9.7.14_

A blue Dragonfly resting on a rock – I had my lens locked and by the time I unlocked it the dragonfly was gone so I only snapped this one shot of him.  A late summer picnic lunch, then we were off to our final destination for the day.

Steider Studios:  Cormorant in Flight 9.7.14

As we arrived at the Bingen Marina, a Cormorant flew by and I managed to grab this shot.  He was flying low and slow just for me.  And my new camera.  He landed on a piling and we meandered over to watch him and his friends bask in the sun.  I know it’s a matter of  ‘practice, practice, practice’ and my new camera will become as comfortable as my (barely) old camera, but I want to learn everything now.  Right now.  Today!

Steider Studios:  American Coot 9.7.14

There were a ton of Mallards at Bingen Marina, but this Coot was a nice contrast and an interesting duck for me to practice with my new camera.  I’ll be out and about almost every day this month, so if you see me, stop & say hi.  I love my BirthDay month!  And my new camera!!  I have new photos from Ridgefield and Conboy Wildlife Refuges to show you too!  As soon as I process and ‘tag’ them in my still ‘new’ish’ LightRoom Program.  Yet another learning curve I’ve been playing with!

Thanks to all who voted for my image in last week’s Daily Depiction of Nature photo contest, I WON!!  Thanks for following my adventures!  And letting me know that you are noticing and enjoying nature and wildlife because of something I posted!!  I love nature and wildlife!  xoxoxo

My final sunrise from the South Point Hotel where I’ve been attending the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas.  I’ve enjoyed this view every morning at 6:30 for the past week.  Today I didn’t want to miss capturing it for you, so raced to the top of the parking garage at 6 am.  I shot for about 45 minutes playing with different settings on my camera.  Can you imagine how fun this would be if my new Lytro camera were in hand? It’s finally enroute, so get ready to re-focus some of my upcoming shots!!  Yes, you’ll be able to re-focus what I post here!  You can play with some of the photos already being sent to Lytro by photographers at this link:

 

In addition to my love of teaching others about glass possibilities at the Expo, there were excellent networking opportunities.  As a result, I’ll be back at Half Moon Creek in Palmer Alaska this July; and I caught a couple more leads for places that are interested in hosting me as a guest instructor. Thank you Carrie of Calyx Ann for one of them!!

Heading back to White Salmon today to begin preparations for my annual studio sale.  It’s in conjunction again with the  Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 13, 14, and 15.  Yes, you heard correctly!  We’re open for THREE days this year from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

To celebrate, I have a complimentary map for the first three people who bring three or more guests to my studio on each of the three open days.  

Until then, I’ll be whirling my way through the cobwebs and my garden to make sure you have a delightful time at my studio!  If you’d like an invitation and aren’t on my guest list already, please let me know so I can send you an invite!!

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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Fortuitous Day – 11-11-11

November 11, 2011

11.11.11.  Full Moon.  Veteran’s Day.  Fabulous Sunrise.  Any one of these could be the reason my heart is bursting with gratitude, creativity and joy.  It’s a powerful feeling.

This photo of the full moon setting on this special day was taken about 5am.  For some reason I clamored out of bed early and managed to see it through half-open eyes.  Three minutes later I was fully awake and using my point & shoot to capture it.

I want to share it with you.  As well as the ensuing sunrise.  Clouds rolling in from Portland over the Columbia River greeted me as light slowly took over darkness.

One last shot to share, the moonrise last night.  My neighbor’s deck light was on and the light from the moon over this lit stand of conifers was mesmerizing.  To make it more magical, the coyotes were howling from all directions.

I’ve worked for almost a month now on some new bracelets.  Many dozens of new bracelets.  Colorful, lively, FUN, new bracelets.  I’ve documented my progress, and will update you soon on these cool new bracelets.  Until then, have a phenomenal and fortuitous day, my friends.

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September!

September 3, 2010

The day dawns with beautiful skies.

I don’t think I’ve stopped to catch my breath all year, but this morning’s sunrise made me stop.  A beautiful morning for a long drive up to Sequim WA, for the Glass Art Festival. I had a piece accepted into the Museum and Arts Center so will  attend the opening.

"Swan" kilnformed glass - 14.5" diameter - ©Linda Steider

See you there?

Sunrise - a pink glow on Mt. Hood

My fall schedule is packed with commission work, a three artist show at The Dalles Art Center next month, and a full slate of classes.  Please take a look at my upcoming class listing to see if I’ll be in your area!

Commitments and inspiration

October 16, 2009

Sunrise

Sunrise…

Another day begins…

After taking a skip down my road I had to settle in and finish up some commitments I’d made in the studio.  Earrings, bracelets, butterflies, and beautiful glass boxes are finished and delivered or underway and nearing completion.

Earring group copy

Earrings coming to my on-line shop ~ Steider Studios

I also had some upcoming teaching commitments that include my basic six-week kilnforming class.   I’m hoping we have ten new converts to the wonderful world of kilnformed glass via The Dalles Art Center!  My students are having fun with their projects so far!  Tomorrow I’ll be hosted by Georgia at Glasshopper Patterns, the Queen of DICRO SLIDE for a glass clay class in Portland.   I’m packed up and ready to have a full day of fun with a great group of students that Georgia has invited into her studio.  Next weekend I’ll travel to Cascade Glass Art Center near Seattle for my Powderology’ course. There might still be a spot open if you’re interested!  Join us!!

Di's prototypes

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More commitments coming up include participation in another Pittock Mansion Artist Spotlight, and working with local elementary age students in an after school program.  My local art galleries are already preparing for their holiday sales, so the next round of glass work will no doubt be geared for them.  And somewhere in between I’ll have my annual studio sale.  Would you like an invitation?  Send me a note so I can add you to my invitation list.  I turn my entire house into a gallery setting filled with sparkling beautiful glass for your shopping pleasure!

Sunset along the Columbia River Gorge

Sunset along the Columbia River Gorge

Between commitments I try to keep breathing & every once in a while remember to look up and enjoy the incredible vistas that surround me every day.  I take great inspiration from the landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge. The majesty of it gives me energy and spirit to move on to the next round of projects and the next set of classes.  Sometimes I have to stop everything and just breathe it in.

Shades of Purple

March 16, 2009

 

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple is another bowl in my celestial series that speaks to my personal observations.  It’s the sunrise and the sunset.  The beginning and the end.  Swirled together into a large spiral with little gold stars denoting my attachment to glitteratzi.  And the golden paths that we all follow.

This bowl is made with six shades of Bullseye purple powder atop a clear iridescent substrate.  I  form most of my bowls with a drop ring, because I like having control of the shape.  If you’re unfamiliar with kilnforming, a drop ring is a flat ceramic ‘donut’, often used to form vases.  The ring is positioned inside the kiln, on stilts with the glass disc centered atop.  The glass drops through the ring, or ‘donut hole’ as I slowly apply just enough heat to soften the glass and form the shape.

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