Shadows and light dancing in the Palouse

When I planned my Easter trip to the Palouse, I knew that I would make a couple of visits to Steptoe Butte.  It rises roughly 300 meters above the countryside allowing for an unobstructed view of the entire area.  That elevation gain provides a great perspective on the waves of farmland below.

The first morning that I drove up, when the butte came in sight I found it capped by a loose shroud of cloud.  After stopping to photograph that I headed up and was soon inside the cloud looking out at the sun rising over the clouds that had stacked up low along the horizon.

When the sunlight gently skipped across the rolling hillsides you could almost watch the color warm.  I enjoyed almost an hour of truly amazing light dancing with the shadows it created over the fields.  Those fields adding significantly to the views owing to their flowing lines, gentle patterns and earthy tones.

It was so beautiful that I had little hesitation choosing to return the next day.  The second visit had a subtly different feel but I enjoyed shooting that morning just as much as the day before.

25 responses

  1. Wow. Is this what it looked like these last few days? I was planning to hold off until the end of May – will I miss the green greens and/or the brown/green grain boundary contrasts?

    April 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    • Hi Thomas – that’s how it was over the Easter weekend. From here, the golds and greens will start to come in. I haven’t been there in summer but you can find lots of images and write-ups from Palouse-based photographers who show how the area moves through the seasons. Although I’ve had only one visit to Whitman County, I think just about any time you go will be beautiful. Whenever you do go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

      May 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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  3. Just Great!

    April 30, 2017 at 2:59 am

    • Thank you!

      May 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      • So du know that there is the original breeding ground of the famous Appaloosa horses? The name comes from the Palouse river

        May 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  4. What an astonishing series of photos!! These images are just a spectacular commentary on these beautiful landscape views!!

    April 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  5. I know this is real, but there’s a sense of unreality. I’ve never seen any photographs — ever — that seem so painterly. It adds to their mystique. I find myself looking and looking and looking — and wanting to be there. Now.

    April 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

  6. Absolutely amazing they are so beautiful.

    April 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

  7. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    April 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm

  8. Amazing colors

    April 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm


    These pictures are awesome!

    April 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

  10. Anonymous

    So so beautiful! Inspiring

    April 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm

  11. Amazing landscape, lots of volume and shadow/light, very pretty.

    April 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  12. Wow!

    April 28, 2017 at 10:01 am

  13. Gorgeous.

    April 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

  14. Wow!

    April 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

  15. So often we are impressed with the beauty of wilderness that we forget the beauty that humans can create.

    April 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

  16. Stunning!

    April 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

  17. Nitin Khanna

    Great Pictures i must say. You have really done your job with full efforts. As an Photographer i can understand how much efforts is required to capture pictures like this. Even i started photography when i was inspired by a photographer like you. Have a look at my work and my Pictures at and Let me know how is it. I would really love to hear from a photographer like you

    April 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

  18. Oh wow

    April 28, 2017 at 4:32 am

  19. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    April 28, 2017 at 2:51 am

  20. Wonderful frames.

    April 28, 2017 at 1:56 am

  21. Reblogged this on Rantings Of A Third Kind.

    April 28, 2017 at 1:28 am

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