This view of the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge is taken from Beacon Rock State Park in Washington, two weeks after the first rains came to douse the Eagle Creek Fire on the Columbia Gorge–the most devastating gorge fire in memory. The blackened remains of evergreen trees are evident, as are the grey areas of deciduous tree burns, but many deciduous trees are showing autumn color–unclear whether that is a stage in their demise, or whether an indication that they will survive and contribute to the re-birth. It is also interesting that there are patches of apparently undamaged evergreens throughout the burn area. Despite the evident and awesome destruction, there is an almost surreal beauty in the remaining triumph of life with its promise that we will get to witness the transformation and resurrection of this iconic landscape in the coming years. Click on image to enlarge.