Jun 092016
Palouse wheat fields from Steptoe Butte, Washington. (Greg Vaughn/© Greg Vaughn)

Palouse wheat fields from Steptoe Butte, Washington.

My photographer friends are reporting that the conditions in the Palouse area of southeast Washington are fantastic right now for photographing the rolling hills of wheat and pea fields.

If you’re up there now or planning to go and are using my book Photographing Washington as a guide, there is an update posted on the publisher’s website at www.phototripusa.com/updates/index.htm#link6.

As noted in that update, a classic old barn on Glendale Road that had been the subject of many photographs collapsed a few years ago.

The update also includes the locations of two more very photogenic barns that are not mentioned in the book: one two miles east of the town of Colfax on Highway 272 (morning light is best) and one on Shawnee Road at Highway 195 south of Colfax (afternoon light).

Photography workshop participants on Steptoe Butte at sunrise, Palouse wheat country, Washington. (Greg Vaughn/© Greg Vaughn)

Dawn patrol on Steptoe Butte. Don’t worry, there is plenty of room for your tripod, too.

Washington photographer Don Geyer of Mountain Scenes Photography just returned from the Palouse and chides me for not singing the praises of Kamiak Butte sufficiently. While it doesn’t offer the expansive views of wheat fields that Steptoe Butte does, the summit of Kamiak Butte is a fantastic location for wildflower photography. In Don’s words, “Kamiak might be one of THE finest flower hikes in all of Eastern Washington!” 

Be sure to also check these previous posts about photographing the Palouse:

Are you there?  Are you going? Let me know what you find and feel free to leave links to your photos in the Comments below.


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  2 Responses to “Palouse Photography Locations Update”

  1. Greg,

    I was in the Palouse last week and confirm it is in its prime now. You can see some shots I took from Steptoe on the evening of May 30th at my blog (https://joebeckerphoto.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/quick-shots-steptoe-butte/) and I will be posting more from the trip in the next few days.


  2. Looks like you had a great trip, Joe! And I enjoyed your post about finding new locations to photograph in the Palouse on your website https://joebeckerphoto.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/unmapped-palouse/

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