Landscapes - Robert Downie
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Wahkeena Falls Sunset

Fires continue to rage in Columbia River George. It’s hard to imagine the normally wet george, which holds North America’s largest concentration of waterfalls (including 77 that are officially named) actually burning. The blaze was started by a 15 year old boy with some fireworks. It’s easy to blame the boy; but in reality we need to look at the causes behind the changing climate and increasingly regularity of these abnormal fire conditions. It’s been such a nightmare fire season right across BC and Alberta in Canada and throughout the US Pacific North West. In BC it has been by far the worst on record in terms of hectares burnt along with scores of long standing all time temperature records being smashed this summer. Here is hoping the wet micro climates in these side gullies protect some of the more fragile parts of what is often considered Oregon’s crown jewel. All we can do now is wait and see. Last light at Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA.