United States Palouse

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Joe Becker

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Tuscany,” the Palouse region of Washington and Idaho is an expanse of rolling hills occasionally cut by canyons and pierced by high buttes populated with isolated farms and small towns. The Palouse, covered with fields of wheat, alfalfa, chickpeas, and other crops, as well as classic barns, old trucks, abandoned farmsteads and prairie schoolhouses, and occasional lone trees, offers spectacular landscapes and classic shots of Americana.

In late spring and early summer, the hills are covered with every shade of green and the area is a favorite of landscape photographers. However, other than at a few favored locations, you will rarely see other photographers due to the sheer size of the region: the Palouse covers over 6,000 square miles.

The photographic experience is spectacular whenever you visit. Later in the summer, the hills turn golden and harvest season starts. Autumn brings its own color to the scattered aspens and cottonwood trees amongst the hills. And winter provides frosty fields of green sprouting winter wheat as well as occasional snow covered scenes.

There is no definitive definition of the area covered by the Palouse. Some define the region as small, the area only encompassing Washington’s Whitman County; others define it as covering much of southeast Washington and north-central Idaho as well as extending into northern Oregon. This guide covers the more moderate area extending north almost to Spokane, west to Palouse Falls, south past the Snake River, and some ten miles east into Idaho. The area is centered on Colfax, Washington, and all areas covered by the guide are within an hour and half drive of Colfax.

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