UPDATE Aug 9: The fire was listed as 55 % contained this morning, with 3,565 acres total. I believe that 3 houses burned and my thought and prayers are with the families, but grateful no lives were lost. 3 other structures burned as well. All evacuations were dropped to Level 1 and people could return to their homes with caution. Mopping up and burn outs continue and lets hope that wind does not kick back up hard! So far so good. I am adding a small collection of images to the first gallery showing what I could see Friday evening. Some of these fire images have been shown on news like KGW, and I was contacted by CBS in New York about using an image for their coverage of this fire. I am so appreciative of our Firefighter heros that worked so hard in such dangerous condiitions! Also, for those who are so broken hearted about the destruction of nature… I have watched several areas now recover following fire and wildflowers will come back better than ever. Many of the trees have not been killed, just charred on the edges, and will recover. Dead falls have been cleaned up which will help with pest problems and future fire hazard. Poison Oak and Ticks might even get slowed down briefly! Animals and birds for the most part will have moved out of range of fire, and new grass will grow in better than before providing improved grazing for deer and elk. You will be amazed in a year or three how quickly many things will return.
Original Post: Rowena Fire started in the switchbacks along Historic Highway 30 just to the East of Rowena Crest in the Columbia Gorge, and just west of the town of Rowena, Oregon. First spotted August 5th at 9:15 pm, and Showing up in force August 6, the fire rapidly grew in the next 24 hours to 2,600 acres, and then to 3,372 acres by the morning of August 8. Currently (Aug 8) there are 659 personnel fighting this fire, with 6 Helicopters dumping water on the fire and many Fire engines are used around the perimeter. 740 residences are threatened by the fire in Rowena and the Chenowith area. Back burning operations have begun between Rowena and The Dalles.
This short timelapse video is a video speeded up to 16x speed and a few still photographs added in… no sound only the images. Just click on the link from this sentence.
Here is a gallery of the Photographs taken August 6 in the evening Click on an image to see it larger, and use arrows to see the rest of the images.
Some of my better images will also be in the Wildfire gallery on my SmugMug website. Go there by clicking on this link for wildfire gallery where they can also be purchased.
Thank you for your visit. I have always been fascinated with documenting area Wildfires as you can see in the Wildfire Gallery Link which will open in a new tab.
Even more complete collection of local wildfire images can be seen on my Flickr Page here showing several photo albums from different Fires. Click on this link to go to my Flickr Wildfire Collection and it will open in a new tab in your browser.
These first 3 images are from recent weeks out at Trout Lake, Washington at the Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve near town. As you can see in the photo with people this is not a deep lake, but rather a wide spreading stream through a marshy area. In high runnoff times the body of water appears to be much larger and makes lovely reflections on occasion.
THESE next couple of shots were taken last night in the Columbia River Gorge, where long bands of smooth layers of the lenticular fashion stretched north and south across the Gorge as they are prone to doing at the beginning of weather change activity.
Tonight’s sunset from July 21, 2014 in White Salmon looking Northwest:
And this one more image is a sunset looking west, taken in mid July.
More images from the Glenwood Rodeo of a time-honored tradition… Stick Pony races! Starting with the kids, and ending with a race between Keith Kreps and the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Queen for 2014
If you are a parent of any of these children, you can contact me here via email and I can send you images… or comment directly on the images you want.
Here is what I have processed so far… there will be many more! If you are one of the riders in any event, you can contact me in the contact form below and I will send you the small size images for facebook and email for free. I will be able to get you prints as well, of most any size. My main price list is in the menu links in the right sidebar, but here is a Rodeo Special: 8×10″ prints $15 for Rodeo participants, and $10 if you are willing to let me use your images for magazine submissions, Klickitat County tourism, and in my books or calendars.
5×7″ prints will be $7.00 each, and 4×6″ prints $1.00. Mailing is extra.
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Some information from Wikipedia
“The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus; hali = sea, aeetus = eagle, leuco= white, cephalis = head) is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.
The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largestnest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1short tons) in weight. Sexual maturity is attained at the age of four to five years.
Bald Eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. The beak is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown.
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle appears on its Seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. Populations recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007.”
There are now more overwintering Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington and it is a delight to count as many as 40-50 Eagles in a day on occasion.
What a day for a daydream… la la la! This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14. Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three. Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.
I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte. Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating
Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors
To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.
This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months. Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body! Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..
Please check out the links in the side bar to learn more about my photography. I do have a large gallery show hanging once more at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington through March. Come on by if you are in the area! You can find my photo greeting cards for sale at Artisan’s in White Salmon, and at Dickey’s farm in Bingen.