The Palouse is a unique area. From a geology perspective, there is really no where like it in the world. The unique geology combined with a diverse climate creates some of the most unique photographic opportunities. In the spring, the hills of the palouse start out green covered in mostly wheat or lentils with small pockets of ponderosa pine. As summer progresses, the wheat becomes ready to harvest and the Palouse completely transforms again. Finally as winter comes, the hills are are covered in white snow that stretches for miles. Basically, you can visit the same place three times, for a unique perspective.
One of the many unique perspectives of the Palouse. A green wheat field in the spring with the setting sun in the background. Wheat and Lentils are the predominant crops planted in this area of the world. Most of the fields are not irrigated and rely soley on spring rains to sustain them. As you can see the rolling hills are common theme throughout the Palouse.
Figure 1 -
Big Sun over the Palouse
Grain Field at SunsetFrom morning till dusk, amazing photos can be captured on the Palouse. Here is another wheat field just outside the town of Colfax near the Palouse river.
Figure 2 -
Grain Field at Sunset
The Washington State University Aboretum is a hidden gem. I am not even sure the student make it east of the recreation center to check this place out. I made many trips to this special place during my tenure.
Figure 3 -
WSU Arboretum at Sunset
The Palouse is known for lentils. In fact the Palouse has been named Lentil Capital of the World on many occasions.
Figure 4 -
Palouse Lentil Field
A typical wheat field on the Palouse on the edge of the WSU Arboredum. In the background is one of the landmarks of the area, Moscow Mountain, looking over from the State of Washington to to the State of Idaho.
Figure 5 -
A warm summer day sunrise on the Palouse