Various news services have made it clear that the glorious Columbia River Gorge was assailed by wildfires this past week. My dear friend, poet Penelope Schott, of Portland, reports the fires are mostly over. She drives past the hills that were scorched a number of times each week, to and from her writer’s retreat in Dufur, the wheat country beyond the Gorge.
We know that rainlessness is the norm in Oregon in summer. But there is a difference between lack of rain and deep extended drought.
The latter, as everyone knows, but few wish to discuss, let alone change, is caused by climate change. Which is caused by insistence upon using fossil fuels instead of renewable energy.
This summer, before the fires, Penelope and Eric had me visit in both (beautiful, conscious!) Portland and remote, sweet Dufur. Here, mostly without words, are pictures of the Rowena part of the Gorge, near the Dalles, before fire had its way with that spectacular region.
Watch with me. Care with me.
This was taken from an overlook which could well be the charred scene above.
HERE’S WISHING CHERISHED ROWENA A SPEEDY RECOVERY.
Here’s wishing increased awareness of the outcomes of catastrophic climate change.
Preserve all open space in your region.
Live a sustainable life.