Prelude to the Palouse

By | 2015-06-09T13:46:33+00:00 Jun 9th, 2015|

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You wouldn’t think that photographing the rolling hills of the Palouse would be challenging. Well, at least I didn’t. However, I quickly learned just how complex a 360-degree panoramic view of small rolling hills can be to make sense of. I’ve got a longer form post that will showcase more of the photos from this trip but it’s high time that I break the hiatus of posting and share this photo.

Experiencing these views of the Palouse are pretty straightforward. Your central point is the winding hill at Steptoe Butte State Park, located about 15 miles outside of Colfax, WA. It took me about 5 hours to drive there from my home in Portland. Your best bet to get that golden glowing sunlight on these hills are the bookend hours of sunrise and sunset. The low angle of the sunlight creates these beautiful, long shadows that easily define each hill. The time of year is important, as well. You don’t want to get there before the crops have matured or after they’ve been harvested. I believe that late May thru early June should yield good results.

Once I get a larger collection of images from this trip finalized, I’ll put together a more robust post. In the meantime, here is a Google Map embed of where the park is, should anyone be interested in visiting the area for yourselves.

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3 Comments

  1. Lance Haun June 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Two other great places to take photos of the Palouse from a fellow Portlander who went to school in the area.

    Kamiak Butte: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kamiak+Butte,+Washington+99161/@46.8623885,-117.1668397,15z/

    McCroskey State Park (there are a few places off of Skyline to take some great pics): https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mary+M.+McCroskey+State+Park/@47.0759891,-116.9630767,15z

    • Brian Matiash June 12, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

      w00t! Thanks so much for these maps, Lance!! That’s mighty kind of you! I’ve got them bookmarked for my next trip.

  2. Tony Yin October 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    is that steam/smoke appearing in the mid ground?

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