Remembering Columbia River Gorge

Helicopter over flaming Rowena area of Columbia River Gorge

Helicopter over flaming Rowena area of Columbia River Gorge

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.

Charred Rowena Area of Columbia River Gorge

Charred Rowena Area of Columbia River 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.

Beautiful Columbia Gorge   before fires Summer 2014

Beautiful Columbia Gorge before fires Summer 2014

This was taken from an overlook which could well be the charred scene above.

Curvilinear Route from Portland to Dufur, from overlook at Rowena in Columbia Gorge

Curvilinear Route from Portland to Dufur, from overlook at Rowena in Columbia Gorge

 

Gorge Wildflowers and Ancient Rocks from Glacial Times -- These wildflowers will return

Gorge Wildflowers and Ancient Rocks from Glacial Times — These wildflowers will return

Stalwart Chicory of the Borge

Stalwart Chicory of the Gorge

Three Thrilled Cyclists, Having Achieved Columbia Gorge Rowena Lookout

Three Thrilled Cyclists, Having Achieved Columbia Gorge Rowena Lookout

Penelope and Lily's Favorite Gorge Stop -- a wildflower meadow like a Cluny tapestry... millefiori

Penelope’s and Lily’s Favorite Gorge Stop — a wildflower meadow like a Cluny tapestry… millefiori

May Bounty, Columbia Gorge, Rowena Lookout

May Bounty, Columbia Gorge, Rowena Lookout

Quintessential Parking Lot, Rowena Lookout, Columbia Gorge -- nestled in snowcapped mountains not showing in this scene

Quintessential Parking Lot, Rowena Lookout, Columbia Gorge — nestled in snowcapped mountains not showing in this scene

Gifts of Glacier and Meltwater, Rowena Lookout

Gifts of Glacier and Meltwater, Rowena Lookout

When Columbia Gorge was Evergreen Heaven

When Columbia Gorge was Evergreen Heaven

Road Not Yet Taken, from Rowena Lookout Toward Dufur from Portland Oregon

Road Not Yet Taken, from Rowena Lookout Toward Dufur from Portland Oregon

Oregon Lupine Columbia River Gorge Rowena Lookout

Columbia Gorge from Rowena Lookout, High Desert Country, where Dufur Awaits, across Columbia

Columbia Gorge from Rowena Lookout, High Desert Country, where Dufur Awaits, across Columbia

April Showers brought...

April Showers brought…

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.

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