Travel theme: Stillness

Whenever we travel beside a stream, stillness is usually not attainable.  The flow of the water, duck paddling along, or the rustle of trees nearby keep life moving. But on this day in 2013, we stopped along the Lewis and Clark Trail, Highway 12, for a brief moment . . . just to take in […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape of the Palouse

Although it’s been two years, our memories of the rolling landscapes of the Palouse, the wheat/lentil/quinoa growing region that overlaps the state boundaries of Washington and Idaho, remain vivid even today.  It’s pretty any time, but our first impressions were formed in autumn at harvest time when the vast landscape welcomed green tractors to pull in […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Angular forms of barns — new, lived-in, old, abandoned — stand in stark contrast to the curving landscape of The Palouse, America’s largest expanse of grain fields in eastern Washington and western Idaho.  And if it weren’t for minimal shoulders along the winding highway, we’d have even more pictures in our collection:  It’s a photographer’s […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Contrasts come naturally on The Palouse, that area of rolling farmland in Eastern Washington and parts of Idaho.  Sunlight, storms, shadows — all contrast nicely with the overlapping fields of wheat, quinoa, oats, and canola which form contrasts of their own. You might think that 5,000 square miles of agricultural landscape would get monotonous, but […]

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Spring comes to the Palouse

The Palouse is almost spiritual.  You can ride for miles among the rolling hills carpeted with the greatest expanse of wheat and grains in the U. S., taking note of a horizon that seems to move fluidly toward clear blue skies of puffy clouds.  Or you may be awed with the expanse of sky — gray […]

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Discovering Boise: Old Idaho Penitentiary

It was almost closing time at the Old Idaho Penitentiary when I arrived in Boise after working in Idaho City, but this landmark I’d seen from the Idaho Botanical Gardens next door was on my list of must-see destinations.  One of four Territorial Prisons open in the U. S. today and designated a National Historic […]

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