” The Palouse “
Well, finally here in “ The Palouse “, a photographer’s dreamland.
As always, click on any image to see a larger, sharper version.
Considering that I am here in the wrong season, well after all the crops have been harvested and most of the fields are barren and being plowed over, leaving an absence of any colors but brown and gold, why am I so happy to to be here?
Because this place is just unbelievable, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it must look like in late spring or summer.
All the images seen here in today’s blog entry are taken at the wrong time of day, high noon for the most part, with the wrong kind of skies, mostly hazy and bright, and to top it all off, as I just said, in the wrong season.
But I am still thrilled with the results and can’t wait to get out over the next several days and explore. All the above images were taken from the top of Steptoe Butte, jutting up over 1000 feet above all it’s surrounding farmlands and offering a bird’s eye view of the Palouse. Today’s fast moving clouds were the perfect foil to the harsh noonday light.
Driving the many roads that crisscross the wheat fields, I stumbled on to this abandoned farmstead. The side roads here are of two varieties, crushed gray stone, fairly easy to drive , and the less travelled ones are comprised of several inches of fine gray silt, producing a dust storm that your vehicle seems very inclined to want to inhale. I made the mistake of leaving some windows open on this kind of road and when I stopped for a shot, my trailing dust cloud caught up with me and I will be spending a fair bit of time trying to get this coating of fine silt off my car’s interior. Note to self: roll up the windows and turn on the AC before venturing down these silt highways.
From what I read, this fine silt is the reason for the dune like wheat fields, silt blown in here eons ago, the silt being a fertile growing element for the crops raised here. The following shots were taken along some of these back roads
Some have a very abstract quality to them.
Stay tuned over the next several days as I explore the Palouse.
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