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.

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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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October 2, 2014 Colfax, Washington

A touch of green
A touch of green

A Touch of Green Appears

Took an early morning drive east and south and circled back to Route 195 just above Pullman, then proceeded to do the back roads below where I explored yesterday.

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Roosting pheasants
Roosting pheasants

I noticed some some large birds roosting in a dead tree not far from the road as I drove south. By the time I turned around, changed lenses and reset camera settings, the colorful and wary male pheasant had flown the coup, but these females, or maybe this year’s young, stayed long enough for this shot. Got to get that second camera body soon.

A touch of green
A touch of green
A touch of green
A touch of green

I did get a few shots of some new fresh green shoots on Clear Creek Road on my way back to Colfax. Perfect clear blue skies today, but I prefer the dramatic clouds of the last few days for taking photos, but can’t complain at all about the wonderful overall weather here in the Palouse over my 10 days here.

Blue sky abstract
Curves

I have pretty much made up my mind to head south into Idaho tomorrow, so loaded up the Prius and packed up for an early start tomorrow morning.

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October 1, 2014 Colfax, Washington

Evening sky
Evening sky

Sunrise on Steptoe, Sunset at Home

Drove up Steptoe at dawn for a cloudless sunrise. Temperature at the top was hovering around freezing with a strong wind again, beautiful scene, nasty conditions to shoot in.

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First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe

The wind was rattling the tripod around so much, I finally retreated to the relative comfort of the Prius and shot from the window, angling the car into the wind to prevent as much camera shake as possible. Also had the heater turned up full blast as the temps at the top of Steptoe hovered around freezing.

First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe
First light from Steptoe

 

 

 

 

 

New sprouts
New sprouts

Notice the new green sprouts coming in on parts of the field above. I really am tempted to hang around and see the fields turn from dull brown to bright green over the next few weeks, but I guess I have kind of made up my mind to continue on my way south.

Returned home around 10 and worked processing images and readying blog entries.

Evening sky
Evening sky
Western sky through the trees
Western sky through the trees

As the sun was setting I looked out my side window at the hillside east of the campground and saw some wonderful colors developing.

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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 !

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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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