The Palouse is among the most photogenic areas in the world, dotted with rural towns nestled among the rolling hills of green and yellow to magnificent pastoral vistas that continue as far as the eye can see. Tucked away in southeastern Washington and northeast Idaho is a majestic region, known as “The Palouse.”
This is rural Americana farming at its best, but the old landmarks and way of life are rapidly changing. There is a very compelling reason for you to visit this extraordinarily photogenic corner of America – now! Within a short time, the majority of its treasured landmarks – those architecturally beautiful hand–hewn wooden barns, silos and outbuildings of a bygone era will be gone. Scores of these weathered, abandoned and beautifully-deteriorating agricultural structures will collapse and be bulldozed onto the scrapheap of history.
We will be photographing rolling landscapes, dramatic cloud formations, unusual patterns created by plowing and crop rotations, rustic rural barns, abandoned vehicles and farm equipment (new and old) and much more. The graceful rolling hills and scenic views are breathtaking. The crops rotate each year giving a fresh look each spring with bright, rolling vistas of green and yellow. Late June/early July, the vibrant yellows of blooming canola fields (rape seed) are contrasted by the rolling chartreuse hills of wheat and lentils, saturating the fields with explosive color. Wildflowers are abundant this time of year.
A highlight of the Palouse is the splendid vantage point on top of Steptoe Butte, providing a commanding view of beautifully-cultivated landscape for miles. Your images will be similar to those that can be taken from an aircraft-although we have the advantage of our two feet on the ground, stable tripods, and long lenses to capture select patterns, details, and the landscape at its very best, in the long low light of sunrise and sunset.
Some of the most graphic, powerful images in the world can be taken on this tour. This tour is designed for peak spring colors. At first glance, the Palouse appears deceptively easy to photograph, but with 4,000 square miles to explore, you want a knowledgeable guide and professional instructor to have you in the right place at the right time. Otherwise, you will spend your limited time driving around wondering where the iconic shots are, instead of taking those great photos in the right light.