May 3, 2015 The Palouse, Washington

Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse

The Palouse, a New Season

I went out of my way last fall to visit here after seeing many spectacular images that were taken in this area. ( To see how this place looked last fall when I first visited, click here, and here ) I am kind of doing the same thing this spring while on my way to Alaska.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version, and please be sure to do so, the detail in some of these shots shouldn’t be missed.

Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse

Viewed from Steptoe Butte, there probably are few places on Earth more beautiful than the undulating hills of the Palouse, when, for about 20 – 30 minutes each morning,  the sun rises,  the shadows slowly roll across the farmland, and the colors come to life.

Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse

Not too much need for dialog here, this is a very special place. I actually got going a little too late this morning to catch the best of the light, I’ll do better tomorrow.

Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse
Sunrise, Palouse

Patterns and texture. Quite the change of pace after shooting birds at Malheur for the last  couple of weeks.

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7 thoughts on “May 3, 2015 The Palouse, Washington”

  1. Beautiful, now your in an area I know well as I spent a year living in Moscow ID. The Palouse is one of my favorite area of the country and not well known outside of the area. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

    1. Thanks, all ( Rick, Sheryl, Dianne, and Susanne ). This truly is a spectacular place, and, even though I am too early in the spring for the absolute best shots of the year ( I believe that is more like the middle of June ), when sitting atop Steptoe Butte in the dark, I still can’t get over the feeling of anticipation as you await the rising sun to perform it’s magic over this enchanting land. If you liked the shots in that post, wait til you see yesterday’s, when I made it up Steptoe at the proper time.

    1. While you are in Canada, any sizable town will have a visitor center. Almost all have big rig access and free wifi. Libraries are also an excellent source of wifi–we often joined a little group of an evening in the parking lot, after the library was closed, enjoying the long daylight evening. Wishing you happy and safe travels!

      Gail and Joel Docter

      1. Thanks, Gail. I have researched my next potential posting location, thanks to your suggestion, the library in jasper. And BOY, will there be a lot to post after driving the Icefields Parkway.

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