<![CDATA[Photos of the Palouse region by Pullman, WA photographer Rod Schwartz - Kindred Spirits - the Palouse as Photographed by Others]]>Sun, 05 Mar 2017 08:46:33 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Driving the Back Roads of Whitman County]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:13:09 GMThttp://palousepics.com/kindred-spirits---the-palouse-as-photographed-by-others/driving-the-back-roads-of-whitman-countyPicture
When the sign reads: "CAUTION: PRIMITIVE ROAD" - take that word Caution seriously. The road will look somewhat like the one at the left: dry Palouse clay dirt, often rutted and not infrequently littered with chunks of basalt large enough to tear up the bottom of a low-riding vehicle. 
And if it rains?  You'll discover the phenomenon known as "Palouse Sucking Mud," as I once did while hunting deer up in Green Hollow near Colfax.  My station wagon got pulled into a mess of it and my hunting partner and I had to abandon the car for a couple of days until the road dried and we could rock it out of a deep rut.  No fun, hiking across muddy stubble fields in the rain to the nearest farm house, over a mile away
, looking like tramps, begging to use the phone to ask my compliant (if not wholly sympathetic) spouse to come pick us up and drive us home.
But I digress.
When the weather is dry and the roads passable -- travel on them is forbidden between November and March -- these primitive roads can lead an adventurous photographer to all sorts of wonderful opportunities: deserted farmsteads, buildings being reclaimed by weeds and critters, abandoned vehicles left to rust in the sun, and landscapes: sweeping seas of wheat and barley, lentils and garbanzos, alfalfa and canola, begging to be photographed, carefully and lovingly. 
If you're ready to answer the call of the back roads, arm yourself with a copy of Martha Mullen's "Reflections on the Road" and a recent map of Whitman County (the 2013 update is available as a .pdf file from the Whitman County Clerk's office - they can even email it to you), along with plenty of bottled water and road food, chart your course and begin your exploration.  Make notes along the way, especially wherever you stop to take pictures; you'll find them handy when you start going through all your photographs.
In future posts, I'll be sharing some favorite drives provided by one of the true masters of Palouse photography. I invite you to bookmark this site, so that you can find it when the time comes for your Palouse photo safari.  Good shootin'!

<![CDATA[Photographers of the Palouse]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 06:04:58 GMThttp://palousepics.com/kindred-spirits---the-palouse-as-photographed-by-others/photographers-of-the-palousePicture
     The Palouse is a photographer's paradise.  Each year hundreds, maybe thousands of amateur and professional photographers visit our region to capture its beauty through their lenses. Some pay big bucks to one of the numerous Palouse photography tour operators for the opportunity to take part in a "Palouse photo safari."  Others, armed with maps and brochures featuring Palouse photography hotspots, or perhaps a copy of Martha Mullen's excellent "Reflections on the Road," set out to conquer Palouse landscapes, barns, farms, fields, flora and fauna, wagon-wheel fences, abandoned buildings, rusted vehicles, low-flying crop dusters, and whatever curiosities lay around the bend along dusty primitive roads on their own terms.
    It's fun to see the Palouse through the eyes of different photographers. Each brings his or her own personality and perspective to the viewfinder. More than a few have established websites* for sharing or showcasing their work. Here's a partial list with links to their (primarily) Palouse photography galleries:

- Francisco B. Aguilar
Michael Brandt
- Ken Carper
- John Clement
- Aaron Cowan
- Doug Davidson

- Ron Doebler
- Craig Goodwin
- Michael Gordon
- Jack Graham
- Christine Haines

- Ben Herndon
- Jane Loughney
- Jerry McCollum
- Meg McDonald
- Ryan McGinty
- Kevin McNeal

- Alison Meyer

- Bill Naiman
- Niels Nielson

- John O'Bryan
- James Richman
- Robert Tetzlaff

*Broken link? Missing gallery? use photography that should be added to this list, please use the contact form to let me know. Be sure to include your full name and the URL. 

<![CDATA[Flying a Trike to Palouse Falls State Park]]>Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:55:03 GMThttp://palousepics.com/kindred-spirits---the-palouse-as-photographed-by-others/flying-a-trike-to-palouse-falls-state-parkPictureBird's Eye View of the Palouse
     Steptoe Butte is a jumping-off point for hang-glider pilots. It's not unusual on a summer's evening to see one soaring lazily high above the multicolored patchwork of Palouse fields.  I've watched them with a mixture of admiration and wistfulness, wondering what it would be like.
     Then, as I was reading Rand Collins' excellent blog on his photographic expedition to the Palouse, I was captivated by this video of a trike pilot's flight over St. John, Endicott, and LaCrosse, WA on his way to Palouse Falls State Park.

As it happens, TTabbs (as he calls himself) is a trike enthusiast who has flown extensively throughout the region.  He's chronicled his travels on his You Tube Channel. I particularly enjoyed his "surprise flight" up near Steptoe Butte, where his cameras caught several herds of whitetail deer running below and some amazing footage of the butte and surrounding fields, perhaps the single most photographed area of the Palouse.  In the video below, he fliest to Palouse Falls State Park to catch a bird's eye view of the falls.  Enjoy!

<![CDATA["Golden Light - Visions of the Palouse"]]>Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:57:23 GMThttp://palousepics.com/kindred-spirits---the-palouse-as-photographed-by-others/golden-light-visions-of-the-palouse-guest-postPictureT. Rand Collins at Palouse Falls State Park
     A year or two ago, Canadian physician T. Rand Collins of Duncan, B.C., came down to the Palouse to capture its beauty primarily through the lenses of various vintage film cameras, which he has personally restored. His blog post, "Golden Light - Visions of the Palouse," is remarkable both for the excellence of his photography and his engaging narrative, as he shares some personal reminiscences of his time in the Palouse, interspersed with notes on the history and geology of our region. It's a great armchair introduction to the Palouse.  Highly recommended.

Dr. Collins concludes:

I would recommend the Palouse to anyone with an eye for images.  Rarely have I found a region with this degree of photographic abundance.  The dry climate preserves old wooden structures, and encourages vistas populated only by grassland and sagebrush. The builders of the California megahouses and overpriced ski retreats that dot previously-remote areas have not yet discovered this quiet corner of the continent.  Virtually unknown to the general public, this unspoiled area is almost tourist-free.

<![CDATA[The Pullman Chamber of Commerce's "Picture-Perfect Palouse" on Facebook]]>Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:47:16 GMThttp://palousepics.com/kindred-spirits---the-palouse-as-photographed-by-others/the-pullman-chamber-of-commerces-picture-perfect-palouse-facebook-page     Shortly after the capable Carol Cooper was hired (in 2014) as the Pullman Chamber's new Tourism Director -- in which capacity she oversees marketing efforts* related to tourism, visitor and convention programs, and the Palouse Scenic Byway -- she created a Facebook page called Picture Perfect Palouse, to give locals and visitors alike an easy way to share their images of the Palouse with the world.  If you're a fan of our region and have a Facebook account, take a moment to "Like" it, so that new uploads and updates will appear in your news feed.  And by all means, share your own images there, too!

     *You'll find a variety of helpful photography brochures, maps and visitors' guides at the Pullman Chamber's brochure page here.  No longer listed there is the original "Photography Hot Spots on the Palouse" brochure; I was honored to be asked to provide the photo ("Picture-perfect Palouse") for its cover.