Palouse Patterns - Evening

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Palouse Patterns - Evening

Kate Jackson level-classic June 24, 2005

Is this SE Western Australia John? Very very unusual. Love the late evening shadows which give it depth! #268430

John Tubbs level-deluxe June 24, 2005


This is SE Washington state in the US. (I forgot that some members are not in the US...!) This area of the state is very unusual, with the rolling hills. It is one of the highest-producing wheat (and some other crops) areas in the world. Steptoe Butte is around 1000 feet higher than the surrounding area and is almost treeless, so you get phenomenal views that almost resemble aerial shots. But you have to get out REAL early or stay late at this time of year. In the morning, you need to be there at 5 am to get the shadows. After about 7 in the morning, this scene would look really flat and washed out. John #1516958

Serena Pierce level-deluxe June 26, 2005

Very nice John! #1522562

John Tubbs level-deluxe June 26, 2005

Thx, Serena! #1523189

Jim Kinnunen level-deluxe July 12, 2005

Classic Palouse, John...I love the colors, curves and excellent lighting!!! #1586067

John Tubbs level-deluxe July 12, 2005

Thx, Jim. I envy you living so close to that area. I'd love to get back there at harvest time this year - but I have too much other stuff planned. #1586465

Ken Ilio July 22, 2005

John, incredible! Congratulations! #1622879

Michele M. Preste July 22, 2005

John, this is fabulous! The lighting really creates some beautiful texture in the photo. Wonderfully done! #1623048

Jim Kinnunen level-deluxe July 22, 2005

Congratulations, John!!! #1623133

Serena Pierce level-deluxe July 22, 2005

Congratulations on your finalists John!! Best of luck in the next round!! #1623277

Jennifer Rennison July 23, 2005

Fabulous image from the butte, John, love the area! Congratulations on your finalist! #1627097

Tammy Scott July 23, 2005

Congratulations, John! #1628628

Kathleen R. Struckle July 23, 2005

Congrats John!! #1628912

John Tubbs level-deluxe July 24, 2005

Thanks, everyone! I left Friday morning for a three-day trip and just rolled back in, so only now have had the chance to say thank you. #1632542

September 10, 2005

wow, is that cool. Is the geology sandy? Did glaciers do that? #1821538

John Tubbs level-deluxe September 10, 2005

Shawn, thx! The geology is loess, wind-deposited. The glaciers didn't get down quite this far into Washington. From the reading I've done, the loess is both volcanic and non-volcanic in nature and there are several theories how it all got there. Additionally, the northwest 'Scablands', not too far from here, were formed by the immensely huge Lake Missoula floods as the glaciers melted and ice dams broke. Much of central/eastern WA is a huge flood channel that has to be seen from an airplane to be believed. Soil washed into WA from those ice dam floods may have been a source for the Palouse loess as well. In any event, the topography is unique - it is said that except for a small area in Tuscany, there's no other place in the world like the Palouse. It is a very rich wheat farming area, and unique in that it is all 'dry farming' - no irrigation. It is a favorite place for photographers at two times of the year - in early summer when the canola fields are blooming yellow and the summer wheat is green and during the wheat harvest. Hope this helps. John #1821774

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ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, Canon 100-400 IS lens at 135 mm, tripod. Late evening, taken from Steptoe Butte. The topography of the Palouse area of SE WA state is unique, almost no areas in the world are like it.

Uploaded on June 24, 2005 Photo Contest Finalist

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