Harvest in the Palouse

“Farming is a profession of hope” 

~Brian Brett


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Keep on Trucking


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Wheat Fields


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

View From Steptoe Butte


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Harvest Patterns


“As long as there’s a few farmers out there, we’ll keep fighting for them.”

~Willie Nelson


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Barn and Clouds


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Combines at Work


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Tree, Palouse


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,



“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.”

~Will Rogers


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Rolling Hills


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Hitch Your Wagon


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Patterns of Palouse


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Stuck in Time


“The Earth is what we all have in common.” 

~ Wendell Berry


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Windmills of the Palouse


Palouse, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Nature, Farming, Washington,

Palouse Pano


The Palouse is a 4,000 square mile agricultural region in parts of Idaho, Washington and Oregon producing crops of wheat and legumes. These images were made in southeastern Washington near Colfax and from Steptoe Butte, a spot that rises 1,500 feet above the Palouse. 



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  1. It’s super photographic

  2. Wow! Crazy textures and patterns!

  3. Exceptional! Just before I moved to Tuscany, a photographer friend told me about Palouse and how similar it was to Tuscany. This was six years ago and only now I hear it mention for the second time, no matter how many blogs I follow. I love the patterns!

  4. These are all exquisite Jane. I’d love to visit the Palouse one day.

  5. I lived in Moscow Idaho for 3 years while I completed lawschool. As a photographer, I absolutely loved it! Your photos are beautiful!

    • Hi Lane, How great is that? I saw signs for Moscow while we were driving around. I bet you had a field day (no pun intended) shooting in the Palouse. Thanks so much for viewing my images- I really appreciate it.

  6. What amazing textures and patterns. What an interesting piece of countryside.

  7. WOW truly some of the most magnificant shots of landscaping i’ve ever seen!!! really great post Jane!!

  8. One of these days I will finally get there, and I know it will be fun. It’s good to see the Palouse through your eyes, Jane. These are all a little different from what I typically see. The truck trailing dust in the first photo – what a brilliant view that is! It shows the hill contours in a new way. The wheat photos are wonderful too – all that pattern and texture, perfectly rendered. When is such a beautiful plant, isn’t it? I like the way “Harvest Patterns” is broken into horizontal planes. Both barns are nice and show the contrast between old and new, and the foreshortening in the photo with the wagon, or harvester or whatever it is – fantastically effective. Steptoe Butte is one of the places I want to see over there so thanks for including that breathtaking view. I want to p[ut “Patterns of the Palouse” Next to “Harvest Patterns” and just keep looking at both of them. The zoom lens gets a workout in this location, doesn’t it? 😉

    • HI Lynn, How satisfying to read your reaction to these. Thank you so much. This is a very large area and it would be great to spend more time there exploring. It’s geographically unique and very surprising. You’ve singled out some of my favorite moments creatively– you would be thrilled seeing Steptoe– it’s magnificent in a kind of scary way, it’s so high up. And yes, my long lens got a workout! We also met a local farmer on Steptoe whose family had been farming for generations. Later, I kicked myself for not asking for a portrait…was so caught up in his stories. 🙂

  9. Beautiful series of photos Jane. Tree, Palouse being my favourite. On one stage gambling was illegal in South Africa. A farmer once remark to me that farming is legal gambling.

    • Hi Abrie, How nice to hear from you. You’ve singled out one of my faves..thanks very much. Farmers should be revered – their jobs really are a profession of hope and it’s getting more difficult every year. Thanks so much for checking in. 🙂

  10. You captured the patterns in the landscapes so beautifully, Jane. I also love the wheat. Fantastic!

  11. Lovely shots. More than one trip? Harvest patterns is my fav, it’s so unique.

  12. You have a great variety of photos, from landscapes to detail shots. I think the shot with the barn and old car is my favorite.

    • Hi Jeff, I’m so glad you like the variety and given your affection for old-time scenes, happy the old car caught your eye. This area is incredible. Thanks so much for looking- much appreciated.

  13. Stunning images Jane. The breathtaking composition and perspective are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

    • Thank you, Nick. It’s quite a thrill, and a little scary, to drive to the top of Steptoe Butte and look out on the rolling hills. It was a truly memorable experience. Happy you enjoyed this collection. 🙂

  14. Beautiful pictures, Jane >>> but especially the first one! A 🙂

  15. Soo interesting! Particularly love that yellow car by the barn!

  16. I’ve always wished to visit the Palouse region. Thanks to your images I have once again done so vicariously. Maybe someday physically, but until then “thinking is the best way to travel.” Thanks for sharing these, Jane.

    • Hi Steve, You would love it- so many options for photographs. Hope you get there someday. In the meantime, the Moody Blues suffice– that’s a good one. Thanks so much for taking a look at these- much appreciated. 🙂

  17. Your fantastic eye for patterns made the most of these scenes. If I had to choose a favorite, it might be ‘Patterns of Palouse’! Or ‘Harvest Patterns”… or….

    And words from Wendell Berry… also a favorite of mine.

  18. What a beautiful collection of images! We’ve driven through this area, admiring the agricultural architecture and rolling landscape, and your photographs really capture this place. They have a painterly feel to them.
    Thanks, Jane.

    • Thank you, Adam. I’m glad we were finally close enough on this road trip to make an overnight stop. It’s a spectacular part of the country. The landscapes do have a dreamy, painterly feel indeed. I’m so glad you enjoyed these. I hope to get back in another season sometime.

  19. Your Wheat photo is my very favorite of the excellent photos you posted today. I’ll paraphrase Dewitt Jones and congratulate you on your use of “eclipse lighting.” That soft, almost-gone-but-ever-present lighting in the stems and chaff. This photo is outstanding.

  20. What a beautiful inspiring collection of images Jane.” Keep on Trucking” needs to be painted – I’ll see what I can do 🙂

  21. Some lovely forms there in the contoured landscape. And that looks like a well maintained barn.

  22. Andrew Wyeth called. He wants his eyes back.

  23. Fantastic landscapes, all these patterns and striations, ripples and folds! That first “Keep on trucking” shot is fun, too, immediately suggested children’s stories of the little engine that could, or Thomas the Tank Engine, etc. puffing along, and others really remind me of those great old WPA murals, honoring agriculture. “Barn and Clouds” really elevates a utilitarian farm structure into a kind of temple. Really a great album.

    • Thank you so much for your terrific reaction to this series, Robert. I love your analogies. I’m happy I finally got to see this area and hope to revisit in a different season sometime. Glad you enjoyed!

  24. You have captured some pretty amazing movement and geometry in these images which keeps the eyes roving ad the brain excited! Nice one Jane! Stunning!

  25. These are gorgeous, Jane. I was about to google Palouse when I saw your note at the end. We head back to SF this week for the fall, so hope to catch up with you.

    Sent from my iPad


  26. Landscape patterns; love’m. Excellent set, Jane! 🙂

  27. Wonderful set of pictures. Love colors and how you caught textures made by nature.

  28. We’re you in the Palouse recently? Nice set.

    Russ & Suzanne

  29. You just have the right look for the best picture! Great!

  30. Jane, these are just striking images of the pattern of harvests. To me it’s like what I could see from an airplane, but always wondering what the detail of those patterns would really look like. Your images are like a fast zoom in to what I had imagined. Amazing captures.

  31. I heard of this region a year or two ago and added it to my mental list of places to visit. Your pictures confirm I was right to add it. The non-agricultural Channeled Scablands in Washington also have their appeal.

  32. Okay, not knowing anything about this area of the country, a verbal description can not come close to describing the beauty of this rolling landscape. Very special pictures!

  33. What wonderful textures and patterns, Jane. Thanks for the intro to a new area for me, it’s beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Eliza. It’s been on my list for years and we were finally driving close enough this trip to make a stop. It’s geographically interesting and a very fertile part of the country. Lentils and wheat are big. Glad you enjoyed!

  34. What a fine, fine selection of landscapes. You truly have the eye of an artist.

  35. Beautiful patterns for these lovely images. (Suzanne)

  36. Such a beautiful area Jane, gorgeous photos!! 😍❤️

  37. That area looks so special.

  38. Most beautiful patterns. This is been officially added to the bucket list.

    • Thanks so much, Michael. Has been on mine for years and we finally made it happen. You would enjoy the abstract patterns– it’s really cool to see. Looks like you are having a great trip abroad.

  39. hi jane, once again great pictures you presented us, I especially like the 1st, 4th, 9th and 10th.
    greetings robert

  40. Some marvellous patterned landscapes, Jane

  41. Wonderful earth textures, tonality and patterns! Would love to photograph the Palouse one day. 😊

  42. What picturesque landscapes Jane 👍🏻 I’m loving that old Yellow Cadillac out behind the barn. Beautiful work.

    • Thanks, Joe. I’ve been wanting to photograph this area for years. Glad you like the old car– I didn’t know it is a Cadillac — good intel. So many wonderful rural scenes. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

  43. These are exquisite Jane – especially drawn to your opener and the pattern shots

  44. Wonderful images, the clouds on Tree, Palouse look almost 3D.

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