An amateur photographer’s picture of golfers putting as a wildfire blazed in Oregon’s Columbia gorge has gone viral.
As of Friday, David Simon’s tweet sharing the photo had garnered more than 150,000 likes, and had been retweeted nearly 95,000 times.
The image, which shows three golfers putting on the ninth green of Beacon Rock Golf Course in Washington, garnered more than 53,000 upvotes on Reddit.
Kristi McCluer, who snapped the widely-shared photo, described herself as a novice photographer who happened to come across the striking scene.
McCluer said she often hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, where the fire broke out, and was eager to see the fire firsthand.
She was en route to the Bridge of the Gods, which spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington state, when she turned off course and into a parking lot, The Oregonian reported.
Kristi McCluer took the viral photo of a wildfire burning as golfers play at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Wash.
“Around the corner was this golf course and you could see the fire,” she told the news outlet.
She started taking pictures, including the one that has been widely shared on the internet.
She confirmed that the photo is genuine.
“It’s a real photo,” she said, adding that she lightened it slightly.
The owners of the Beacon Rock Golf Course also confirmed that the photos were real, and that they showed a group of golfers making their way down the course’s ninth fairway.
McCluer happened upon the striking scene by chance and is shocked by the attention her photographs have received.
For days, the photographer’s identify remained a mystery.
McCluer said she first posted the photo on Facebook under a pseudonym. A friend of hers then shared it on Reddit, where it quickly generated attention. After 30,000 users had upvoted the image, he told McCluer that he had shared it.
McCluer, who works in the billing department of a company she’d rather not name, isn’t sure how she feels about all the attention.
“It’s a little weird to be honest,” she told The Oregonian. “I am a very private person.”
McCluer described herself as an avid hiker who always has her camera with her, but doesn’t consider herself a photographer, at least not by profession.
She turns most of her photos into calendars for friends and family at the end of the year, according to The Oregonian.