September 30, 2014 Colfax, Washington

Angry clouds
What a day !

Dramatic Skies Over the Palouse

Early this morning, I did yet another drive up Steptoe for dawn shots. The weather has definitely changed and as a result, I was all but blown off the top of Steptoe, getting no useable shots because even with a tripod, I couldn’t prevent camera shake. Plus, it was cold up there !

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

From the top of Steptoe
From the top of Steptoe
Patterns
Patterns

These were the only two shots, out of several that I took, where the camera shake didn’t show.

Angry clouds
Angry clouds
Angry skies
Angry skies

In the afternoon, I went back out under some very dramatic, stormy skies and drove the back roads just south of where I was yesterday, almost down to Pullman.

Angry clouds
Angry clouds
Planting wheat
Seeding
Lonely silo
Lonely silo

Though the skies at times became very ominous, it only spit rain a couple of times and fortunately, there was no lightning.

Palouse barn
Palouse barn
Palouse barn
Palouse barn

Along these back roads I finally found some of the old barns I figured must be out here somewhere.

Palouse barn
Palouse barn
Palouse barn
Palouse barn

These two shots, taken only a few minutes apart, give you an idea of how fast the clouds were moving on this day.

Sagging barn
Sagging barn

Not sure of the type of roof on this barn, possibly called a rainbow roof. This is the only orange colored barn I believe I have ever photographed.

Clouds over Palouse
Clouds over Palouse

A five image panorama of wheat fields on the way home.

Winter wheat
Winter wheat

This image shows what is probably going to happen around here in the next few weeks, tempting me to extent my stay here. This farmer must have sown his winter wheat a little earlier than others in the area. Just in the week that I have been out on the back roads here, I can see several fields where there are new green shoots coming up, just not enough to color the fields yet.

Washington farm
Washington farm

When I look out my windshield in the morning while having coffee, this is the farm I can see in the distance. I am agonizing over my next move. Should I stay here and wait for fields to turn green with the winter wheat or start my journey south to the desert?

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