Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wild Fires Columbia Gorge

I am about 60 miles from the Eagle Creek fire that is happening in Oregon and ashes upon ashes are falling down. It's crazy to think I am 60 miles away and the winds are blowing us little ashes to remind us of what is burning. The air outside is musky and smells of smoke. The sun is blocked by ashes and reflects orange light. Gray and orange are everywhere.

It makes my heart melt to think that the gorge I grew up hiking in has been touched by tremendous amounts of fire. What will it look like when I return? I imagine that the waterfalls will look sad without the trees that had once surrounded them. Gray and black ashes will be forever embedded in the soil. Beautiful land is being touched by something so powerful. It brings tears to my eyes to think of all that is being burned to the ground.

I only pray that the fire will be taken care of soon. I don't have many words just many worries and sorrow. 

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  1. Oh, I hope they're able to get the fire out soon! I feel you - I worry a lot about fires too. It's the fear and uncertainty, and knowing that you're powerless in front of them. It must be hard to think of your memories burning down too, with the smoke constantly reminding you. All I can say is, our God makes beauty out of ashes. xx

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    1. You words are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing that last little bit because it has been in my heart ever since you have said it.

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  2. I hate that! :( Some of the hardest things to deal with are natural events like fires or hurricanes because there's not much you can really do but wait it out. I'm sorry! :( On the flip side, I love your emotion and voice in this post. It sounds like the start to a novel!

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    1. We also didn't have a lot of information about which landmarks were in danger which made it more difficult. Thank you for your support!

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  3. Your emotion and style really came through in this little piece and I could totally see this bit growing into a lot more x Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. Thank you Nikita! I appericate it!

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  4. That sounds so awful :( The pictures are beautiful though. And I love what Jessica said about how God makes something amazing out of the worst things. Yesss.

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    1. They are some of my favorite ones. My mind is imagining pictures of all black and gray when I retake these after the fire. Let's hope that is not the case.

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  5. I AM SO HEARTBROKEN.
    as a fellow oregonian, i have been in tears thinking about our beautiful beautiful state being scorched by this hell.
    there are ashes all around my home and it's been days since i've seen the sky because of the smoke.

    HEAVEN SEND RAIN.

    i too hope these fires end soon.
    take care, my dear.

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    1. I feel for you and our home. The smoke however is finally starting to clear which is good. My mind has been about as foggy as the sky! Let's pray they end! Thanks for the comment!

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  6. I'm sorry - and I wish I could change what is happening so near to where you are. Echoing Jessica and her comment about beauty from ashes ... something to hold onto in these hard days.

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    1. Thank you my lovely friend! I have been holding on to that! <3

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  7. I've been sad about this, too, and a little bit angry since this fire was started by stupidity. So many beaitiful places are burning.

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    1. It happens. There could have been a million other reasons it happened too.

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  8. We could see the large cloud of smoke the day the fire started--and then the ash! All that ash floating down really made me realize just how close the fire really is. It is sad, especially considering how it started, but I try to remember that fire is cleansing and helps new plants grow. It's a natural, renewing cycle. But it's so scary when it's as large as the fire in the Gorge.

    Serena | poetree

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    1. P.S. Your photos are beautiful!

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    2. Oh gosh. We aren't that close to the fire but all the gray is enough to make me wonder about how bad the fire is. I will have to remind myself of that- the cycle of nature and cleansing.

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