Welcome to the picture-perfect Palouse, my home since 1979. First-time visitors to the Palouse region describe our undulating Palouse landscapes as peaceful, tranquil, unlike any other place they’ve seen. If you would truly understand the beauty of the Palouse, you must visit the Palouse, drive its paved roads and dirt roads (some 2000 miles’ worth, and … More The Picture-Perfect Palouse
The month of June begins a period of dramatic transition in the appearance of the Palouse landscape, that will continue until harvest time in August. The winter wheat that was planted in the fall, enrobing our rolling hills in shades of Kelly green throughout the winter and spring, is flowering in pale yellow hues; next … More June Colors in Palouse Country
At around this time 24 years ago, our local radio stations were putting together the tenth annual Summer Survival Guide, our summertime compendium of regional attractions, recreational opportunities, local folks’ recipes, a daily calendar of events, and other resources. For this particular year’s edition, I’d invited the talented Tri-Cities-based photographer, John Clement, whose work I … More (A Blast from the Past) Tips, Techniques, and Trips from Palouse Photographer John Clement
They dot our Palouse landscape, colorful ornaments set in relief against a backdrop of green, brown, and blond, identifying the farms to which they belong. Some stand as ancient witnesses to the first Palouse settlers, whose horse-drawn plows were the first to break up the fertile ground surrounding their new homesteads. Others, maintained and preserved … More Barns of the Palouse
Crop dusters. It’s always a treat to see these aerial artists at work, especially up close. Another good reason to carry your camera whenever you’re driving through the Palouse in springtime.
The Palouse is a photographer’s paradise. Each year thousands of amateur and professional photographers visit our region to capture its beauty through their lenses. On nearly everyone’s short list is a drive to the top of iconic Steptoe Butte. It’s not uncommon to see numerous vehicles pulled over at various vantage points on the way up, … More Photographing the Palouse
“CAUTION: PRIMITIVE ROAD” When you see one of these warning signs in your travels through the Palouse, better take that “Caution” seriously. The road will look something like the ones pictured above and below: dry Palouse clay dirt, often rutted and not infrequently littered with chunks of basalt large enough to tear up the bottom of … More Driving the Back Roads of Whitman County
The Palouse is so naturally photogenic, anyone with a camera can capture many beautiful landscapes, rustic barns, old homesteads, funky old trucks, and picture-perfect postcard scenes with relative ease. A drive down any of its backroads affords innumerable opportunities for stopping and shooting. But the fact is, photographers love tinkering with their images. Some are … More Photoshopping the Palouse