September 24, 2014 Colfax, Washington

Patterns of brown and gold
Patterns of brown and gold

” The Palouse “

Well, finally here in “ The Palouse “, a photographer’s dreamland.

The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe

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?

The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
Wind turbines from Steptoe
Wind turbines from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe

 

 

 

 

 

Because this place is just unbelievable, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it must look like in late spring or summer.

Palouse
Palouse
Patterns of brown and gold
Patterns of brown and gold
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe

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.

The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe
The Palouse from Steptoe

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.

Abandoned barn
Abandoned

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

Palouse
Palouse
Palouse wheat field
Palouse wheat field

Some have a very abstract quality to them.

Palouse Abstract
Palouse Abstract
Palouse Abstract
Palouse Abstract

Stay tuned over the next several days as I explore the Palouse.

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2 thoughts on “September 24, 2014 Colfax, Washington”

  1. Bob,
    Great photos of Hank’s, Slate Peak and the photos from your post today. Ever since I accidentally found your blog a few weeks ago, I have really looked forward to each new post along with your always stunning photos as they definitely brighten my day here in my humble t-shirt screen print shop in Houston, TX. I also want to thank you for the kind & encouraging words from you last week when I first commented and the fine blogs you suggested, I have found them very educational and just the sort of thing I had been intermittently searching for over the last year or so when I have been considering a future RV lifestyle. I can’t imagine how I missed them but they have definitely helped, particularly the wheelingit.us site. I have also been slowing looking at your bird and animal photos from earlier this year, and I am really impressed with the many wonderful bird photos you took along the Texas coast. Great birding areas there!

    1. My favorite winter destination is the coast of Texas, and that is mainly for the birds. Some day I am going to catch a fallout at High Island in late spring, I have just missed that twice in the last 4 years when I had to leave just a few days before a fallout occurred. The rookery at High Island has given me some of my best ever bird shots. For a bird enthusiast you live in a great part of the country !

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