The Spectacular Ms. Luna

November 7, 2014

Steider Studios.Full Moon 11.6.14

Wasn’t she beautiful?!!  The clouds parted in the Columbia River Gorge and presented the spectacular Ms. Luna.

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Steider Studios.deer in garden 10.30.14

Guess who was back in my garden this morning?!!  Yep, you guessed it.  OK you cute little critter, you can have my garden for now.  But come next spring I’ll chase you out again.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil

My studio sale is over for another year, and my attention turns to my garden.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Rip Van Winkle

My daffodils are blooming like crazy, just in time for Earth Day – Spring is my favorite time of year!

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Trio

I feel revitalized, energized and I fly out of bed each morning to see what’s new.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil.1

Right now a new daffodil opens each morning!  Beautiful colorful sunny daffodils.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 2

I love variety – color, size, plain and fancy; and a variety of bloom times.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 3

Daffodils emerge from a bulb, and are also called narcissus and jonquils.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Group

As you can see I have a lovely collection.  These are just my early varieties.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil 5

Other spring bulbs are also blooming – fritillarias, hyacinths, and more.  A few of my early tulips are showing color but not open yet.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil Duo

Today I’ll just show you daffodils.  When my daffodil clumps are large enough I divide them and plant them in empty spaces throughout my garden.

Steider Studios  White Daffodil

I don’t always wait until they die off.  I’ve moved them while blooming so I know what variety I’m planting and can see where they belong!

Steider Studios:  Butterfly Daffodil

Large and small, tall and short.  Multi-stemmed and regal tall singles.

Steider Studios:  Daffodil

I love them all and when I see them smiling like this, I smile back!

Steider Studios:  Butterfly Daffodil

Happy Earth Day everyone!!

 

Steider Studios:  Sun Setting.2.28.14

I entered my ‘Sun Setting Over the Columbia River Gorge’ photo in the Daily Depictions of Nature weekly challenge.  I would be ever so grateful if you’ll take a moment and vote for it.  Here’s the link:    http://dailydepiction.com/nature/?page_id=396

You only have until Sunday.  It’s a quick, easy vote & you can only vote once.  Thank you!

Steider Studios: Studio Sale 2014

Thanks so much to everyone who drove out to the Columbia River Gorge & to the top of Burdoin Mtn to see my studio & purchase my work!  You make it all worthwhile!!  I’m open by appointment and you can see my work in my ArtFire & Zibbet shops.  Now for some R & R in my garden!

Wait. Its Autumn?

October 29, 2013


Steider Studios:  Flying Flicker in Fall

I know autumn has arrived, but It still feels like summer in the Pacific Northwest.  We’re enjoying sunny days close to 70º, calm with no wind or rain.  I will not like saying good-bye to my daily hikes in the Columbia River Gorge where I live and work as these lovely days finally come to an end.

Steider Studios:  Pileated Woodpecker in Flight

The photos in this post are from my daily bird sightings in the forest behind my garden and along the Columbia River.  Many birds have migrated south but many remain here through the winter.  Above, a Pileated woodpecker flies overhead.

Steider Studios:  Eagle in Flight at Rowland Lake

On the wings of change…eagles have returned to the Columbia River while osprey have left.

Steider Studios:  Heron Dancing

Herons are more easily found along many of our rivers right now.  I don’t know if this heron was dancing for joy because he caught a fish…or looking for a mate.

Steider Studios:  Red Breasted Sapsucker

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of photographing a pair of Red-breasted sap suckers all summer in addition to several woodpeckers….

Steider Studios:  Lewis's Woodpecker

…like this Lewis’s Woodpecker – an exciting first sighting for me.

Steider Studios:  Townsend's Solitaire

Another first sighting this summer for me was a Townsend’s Solitaire that I saw in September.

Steider Studios:  Flicker.9.21.13

I managed to catch up to this flicker before he flew off – the top photo shows him flying away.

Steider Studios:  Western Bluebird Pair

I think the western bluebirds may be gone now, but for awhile they were plentiful.

I’ve fallen behind in my garden blog but I’ll catch up – when dreary weather forces me back indoors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blooming in the Garden Today

Earlier this month I was photographing my garden and planning blog posts.  Then one of my favorite friends was in a horrific accident and all my attention went to her:  http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2013/jul/13/local-artist-hospitalized-after-motorcycle-acciden/   We had just finished a meeting for an August art show and as we stood on the corner chatting afterwards, I remember thinking how cute Kathy looked in her motorcycle leathers & helmet.  Everything changed less than an hour later.

Black Eyed Susan

Her friend Dana set up a calendar of tasks for friends to help with, like feeding her cats and watering her garden.  Once a week I water her garden and pet her cats, filling up the food bowl if it’s empty.  I gathered some photos of our mutual friends to paste on her hospital wall so no matter where she looks, she’ll see someone who loves her. It doesn’t feel like enough.  Kathy has many friends that are thinking of ways to help, to show our love and support.  Along with many other artists, I’m donating my work for upcoming fundraisers and I don’t know if that’ll be enough.

Coneflower

I decided to give 20% of my sales towards Kathy’s fund. If you’ve been thinking about buying a gift of glass, garden art, or something for your home; notecards or photograph prints on metal or canvas, you’ll also be contributing to Kathy’s fund and I thank you in advance!  http://www.zibbet.com/SteiderStudios  No, this is not a plug to get you to buy something….I’m simply looking at any possible way to help my friend & her family.

Hydrangea

Kathy is one of those people who everyone loves. She’s full of life, energy and effervescence. She sits on many committees with me and keeps a beautiful garden as you can see in these photos. I’ve been her student & she’s been mine. She is a sports enthusiast, skiing and snowboarding during winter months & windsurfing in summer.  I could go on and on about her but I think you get the idea. She smiles at everyone and they can’t help but smile back. She radiates positive energy.

phlox

It was my honor to spend a day with her in the hospital, tending to things staff has little or no time for.  Misting her face, helping her eat, holding her hand, turning her fan, getting more ice…anything she asked of me I did.  It was one of the hardest days I’ve ever spent because of the circumstance, yet I witnessed her joyful spirit courageously fighting.

I already adored her husband, but I have renewed admiration for him in watching how he lovingly tends her.

If you can send a prayer or positive energy with healthy vibes, they’d be appreciated.

If you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, watch for announcements of opportunities to help.

Loosestrife

I don’t know when Kathy will be back in her lovely garden, but perhaps the best way to show support later will be to purchase her enamel jewelry, wall art and switch plates.  I’ll post a link to her on-line shop when she’s ready to return to work.  In the meantime, if you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, you can purchase her jewelry now at Columbia Arts in Hood River.  She’s also one of the featured artists for First Friday in August with her enamel wall hangings.  The show, ‘A Glass Act’ runs through the end of August, so you’ll have all of August to look for Kathy’s work!

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