The Palouse Region of Washington

Allan as many of you know, is always on a mission and must have a project…last month he decided that we needed to drive up to Spokane WA to pick up panels for his next project…and so off we went. Usually we take the “rig” but as we had to pull a trailer for the panels we went by car. Road-tripping by car was rather different and I must admit that I missed my “camper” kitchen but we had a fun and interesting trip and that’s what matters in the end.

As we had not visited the Palouse area before,  we spent a couple of days there, exploring and photographing. Early spring is not the ideal time to photograph the area but never the less we came back with a fair few photographs to edit! You can see some of them here in our Washington gallery.


The Palouse region of Washington has been described as the most serene and pastoral area of  Washington State. It is a region in south eastern Washington characterized by gentle rolling hills covered with wheat fields. The hills were formed over tens of thousands of years from wind blown dust and silt, called “loess”, from dry regions to the south west. Seen from the summit of 3,612 foot high Steptoe Butte, they look like giant sand dunes because they were formed in much the same way. In the spring they are lush shades of green when the wheat and barley are young, and in the summer they are dry shades of brown when the crops are ready for harvest. It is a major agricultural area, primarily producing wheat and legumes.


We started with Steptoe Butte which rises 3,618 feet into the sky and offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the Palouse. You can drive or hike the 3.1 miles to the top of the butte. What a view!


Of course, there are many old barns to photograph as well as equipment, rivers, flora, and non-cultivated scenes, as well as the people and towns. We enjoyed walking around the small agricultural towns: Colfax, Oakesdale, Endicott and Saint John…sometimes feeling as though we had stepped back in time..or maybe walked onto a film set. We met friendly folks who on seeing the cameras sent us in various directions to photograph either their own barns or a spot of interest which we would have otherwise missed.



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