Palouse Region – Whitman County, Washington

My family and I went on an overnight trip to the far side of Washington State last week.  We’ve been talking about visiting the Palouse Region, also known as Whitman County, for about three years.

Palouse Hills - 200mm, 1/350 @ f/8.0

Palouse Hills – 200mm, 1/350 @ f/8.0

After spending so much of my life in western Washington, near the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges with their temperate rain forests, it’s hard to believe this is the same state.

Note that the exposure values of the photo above and below are the same.  I was shooting in aperture priority mode and adjusting the aperture opening so that my shutter speed stayed faster than my focal length.  On a tripod, this would not matter.

Palouse Fields - 100mm, 1/350 @ f/8.0

Palouse Fields – 100mm, 1/350 @ f/8.0

I was in awe of how many miles the green, rolling hills go on and on.  This is early June, but I’ve seen photos online taken in August where all the fields are golden or brown, and still look amazing.  I’ve heard this area called the Italy of the United States, because of the similarity with Tuscany hills.

Palouse Wheat Field - 29mm, 1/45 @ f/11

Palouse Wheat Field – 29mm, 1/45 @ f/11

This reminds me of an old Microsoft Windows desktop I saw.  I was trying to get from one paved road to another and took a dirt farming road.  When I looked over and saw this field I had to stop and take a photo.

Palouse Farm - 39mm, 1/90 @ f/11

Palouse Farm – 39mm, 1/90 @ f/11

I joked to my wife that we were more like kids than our kids, saying “Oooh!” and “Aaah!” at every turn. It was beautiful and worth the 10-plus hours of driving to get there and back.

 

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