The silos of Whitman County Growers.....as seen from the top of Steptoe Butte. I can't say I am going to win any awards for originality on this image but watching the setting sun light up the hills of the Palouse is pretty amazing. If you are planning a trip, April—June is the perfect time for yellow/green fields of wheat and canola, like in this shot. Later in the year, around August to September is harvest time. I have read that dust from the harvesting does an amazing job of reflecting light, which leads to fantastic sunsets. I'll have to get back to you on that one..
Tha amazing Spirit Falls on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. This is one of those high work, high reward places. The hike is only about 2 miles round trip....but its a serious 2 miles.....with lots of loose rocks....you'll likely practice the art of butt-sliding at least once. If you want a really spectacular view of these falls, you can kayak over the top of it as we saw a bunch of intrepid fellows doing. If you do that, please send me the picture.......because I certainly wont be trying it.
An evening storm in the Palouse Region of Washington State. There were dozens of photographers and travelers busy snapping pictures of an amazing sunset in the valley below. When these clouds started to appear, one by one, they jumped in their cars and drove off. But a few of us stayed, weathered the storm....and got to see this amazing scene unfold. I always feel so blessed when I see something like this.....realizing that I am one of only a handful of people on the earth that got to witness it.
Sunset in the Palouse - from Steptoe Butte State Park. When I first saw pictures of this place, I thought "Wow, Tuscany is so beautiful". I was part right.....about the beauty.....but my geography was way off. The Palouse is in the southeastern part of Washington state. It's a major agricultural area...home to incredible sweeping vistas and rolling hills of wheat, lentils, canola...and many other vital crops. In the spring, the colors of the fields explode under the setting sun...and you'll typically be sharing the hillside with hundreds of photographers. I talked to one that was there for the 27th year in a row. That's dedication.
I love Seattle. Only been there a couple of times but its hard not to build an affection for the birthplace of Starbucks, Nirvana, Soundgarden and, best of all, Pearl Jam. Anyway, on my last night there I took a ride up to Kerry Park, as did about 40 other photographers. Everyone gets this shot, but its such a great view that its hard to resist.
I have been to Washington DC many times, but this was the first time I ever visited the Jefferson Memorial. It is another amazing tribute to the accomplishment and life of this great American President.
I waited for probably 2 hours before this amazing hall was empty. And when the last visitor left...and it was just me and Mr. Lincoln, I could barely move. I had waited anxiously with my camera and tripod for this moment.....and all I could do was stand there and stare. Even though it is just a stone monument, the presence of this great man is alive and well there.
Late last summer I took a trip to Washington DC and decided to spend my last night photographing the Lincoln Memorial. I waited patiently for about 2 hours while the crowds made their way through. Then, at about midnight, the last person left and I was alone with Mr. Lincoln. As I set up this shot, I was overwhelmed with a great sense of awe....of all that this great man had done. I just stood there, sort of frozen in time. When I got home later that week, I looked back at this photo and was surprised to see that I had unknowingly captured the entire Gettysburg Address on the left wall.