By now, you have probably seen many of the heart breaking photos of the Columbia Gorge. It saddens me greatly to know that the raging inferno was caused by the careless behavior of a teenager lighting off fireworks during the peak summer months.
Having driven cross-country three times, I can honestly say that the Columbia Gorge Highway is some of the most scenic and beautiful stretches this country has to offer. The landscape is unlike any other part of the United States. It lures travelers from all over the world to witness its beauty and it is currently on fire. The fire has scorched thousands of acres of beautiful lush greenery.
I feel incredibly grateful to be among the fortunate who have hiked throughout the Columbia Gorge and enjoyed the many waterfalls like the iconic Multnomah Falls. I am frightened by the idea of what it may look like now. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph a number of engagements and weddings in the Columbia Gorge and to have captured images like these that showcase the true beauty of the area.
It’s moments like these that remind us of the power of photography. To see more of our work, please check out Paul Rich Studio.