May 4, 2015 The Palouse, Washington

The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise

Greeting the Sun Atop Steptoe Butte

Well, I was up early enough to make it to the top of Steptoe Butte on time this morning after missing it yesterday morning. Yesterday, I got distracted at home working on the computer, processing images and doing posts from my time at Malheur NWR, and didn’t realize how early the sun came up, and, therfore missed the optimum few minutes of morning light.

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The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise

No narrative today, the images say it all for me, just a wonderful place to be at 5:30 in the morning!

The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise

I hope some year to make a trip here in June when the fields are all covered with greens and yellows of maturing crops. At this time, probably more than half the fields are bare earth, looks like most of that has been freshly seeded but nothing has sprouted yet. Still absolutely stunning to view, but I do believe it gets even better a little later in the summer.

The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise

For the very first time that I have experienced it, there was no wind blowing on Steptoe Butte this morning, thus I was able to get these shots with flowers in the foreground. Every other time I have been up here, the wind has been howling, and these foreground grasses and flowers would have just been a windblown blur. Some mornings, the rocks probably were moving a bit also, you really are exposed up here.

The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise
The Palouse From Steptoe Butte at Sunrise

Future Posts ?

I just want to alert followers that there might be an interruption in my posts over the next few days, or weeks, as I cross over the border into Canada, on my way north to Alaska.

To avoid excessive fees, I must disable my Verizon Jetpac when I cross over, so I am just not sure what my WiFi situation will be and thus I’m not sure how my posting will go. I have been told that I should be able to visit most Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Public Libraries, etc., and be able to pick up an internet signal on my new laptop I bought for this purpose, and thus, should be able to continue doing posts, although on a somewhat reduced schedule. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all works out. I have no doubt that the opportunities for wonderful landscapes and wildlife shots will be abundant. How quickly I can get them onto posts remains unclear at this time, so please be patient and bear with me ( pun intended, get it ? ).

 

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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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