A spectacular evening of light hitting the Balsamroot and Lupine blooms with Mt Hood looming in the distance at Columbia Hills State Park, Washington.
Dealing with a loss of a relative or friend has never been easy for me, not that it is easy for anyone, but there are definitely some out there that are better at restraining their sadness than I. Being the introvert that I am, when they do happen, I clam up and look to nature to heal. Two weeks ago, my mom gave me the news that my stepdad, Doug, was in the hospital with kidney failure.. two days later, April 16, he took his last breath on this planet of ours. After a couple hours of disbelief and tears, I grabbed my gear and took the 4 hour drive down to the Columbia Gorge and up to the Columbia Hills State Park. I wandered the trails for hours exploring for comps that i had seen before. When I found a spot that was on my list of shooting spots, I found out that someone had already set up there. Being in the state I was, company was not wanted so I wandered on, finally coming across this scene. Skies were clear when I was scouting for some ideal flowers, but the sights in front of me were so beautiful it didn't matter..I could have just stood there with my wildflower friends without taking a picture and soaked it all in. I won't go too much into thoughts on the afterlife, but do say that there is a great energy that is released into the atmosphere when someone passes. As the sun neared the ridgeline, the clouds started to make their presence in the skies. I believe that Doug helped with the magnificent display that I witnessed by the energy he gave back to Mother Earth. With that in mind, I thanked him and shot away until the light was gone.
So I dedicate this image to Doug, who left this world the way he lived on it, with kindness and care, joy and golden light. And this is also dedicated to my mom, with the hope that it can help heal her heart and fill it with warmth and love.
I appreciate any condolences you may have, but please just enjoy the beautiful scene that he left us with..would be what he wanted.
RIP Dougbetter viewing on black background here as well as print info: columbia gold
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