September 25, 2014 Colfax, Washington

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

Dawn Atop Steptoe Butte

These images are probably some of my all time favorites. from a morning I will never forget !

Headed up Steptoe Butte before sunrise and got to the top just as the sun peaked over the distant mountains.

Sunrise
Sunrise

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper image. And some of today’s images deserve to be seen in the larger format. I might also note that all images that appear on this blog are seriously degraded from the originals by compression and downsizing in order to have them load at a reasonable rate.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

First, just the faintest light hits the rolling fields, just barely highlighting the tops of the hills.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

Then, gradually the light intensifies, as do the shadows and colors.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

Quite a thrill to watch the light slowly creep across the rolling wheat fields far below, with even the smallest of rises at first casting long shadows in the morning light. Just an incredible scene to witness for the first time.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

You probably have guessed that I am quite fascinated by textures and shadows. These eleven images are culled from over a hundred shot in the space of just an hour and a half this morning.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

Eventually, the sun’s angle rises enough so that the scene’s contrast starts to diminish and the colors start to fade.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

That’e quite a long shadow cast by that lone tree.

Morning Light From Steptoe Butte
Morning Light From Steptoe Butte

The wind farm to the north just as the turbines started to turn.

Wind turbines
Wind turbines

Drove back out on the backroads at dusk and was amazed at the number of deer that emerged from nowhere and were out foraging in the fields, small herds of 6 or 8 everywhere as well as singles out and about.

Deer at dusk
Deer at dusk

Saw perhaps 100 does and their young, yet only two or three bucks, at least only two or three with antlers large enough to distinguish them from the females at a distance.

Also took a trip into the small town of Colfax and checked out what turned out to be a very nice local grocery store with great selection and decent prices. While there I filled up the Prius with gas at $3.48/gal, about 50 cents cheaper than anything I saw on the west side of the state.

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4 thoughts on “September 25, 2014 Colfax, Washington”

  1. Bob
    Very nice shooting ad great images.
    It seem that the Palouse has its own weather and its own world when it comes to the attune of the local people. Keep it up! Will be looking forward to you next post!
    Jim

    1. Glad to see you are keeping tabs on me. This is my first time her and I am impressed. Was going to keep going east to Tetons but don’t think I will now because of weather and Gros Ventre closing in about a week. Guess I’ll turn around and slowly start south. Any suggestions between here and Yuma ?

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