Autumn in the Palouse

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Autumn in the Palouse.
[Eastern Washington State, USA]
Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view].

The Palouse is where I grew up.


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0 Responses to Autumn in the Palouse

  1. littleboy says:

    My family has lived in the Palouse since the 1880’s. Big family, I have 15 aunts and uncles. Cousins uncountable.

  2. RM says:

    That looks like major small grain farming from the photo. Is that the case? Have any other photos of the crops in the area?

  3. Heather says:

    That sure is different than NYC! It looks like you’ve lived at both population extremes.

  4. there is a lot of wheat (especially winter wheat) farming in the Palouse, but there also is a fair amount of cattle ranching. other crops grown in the area include wine grapes, a lot of other fruits, especially those world-famous washington apples, but also pear, peaches, nectarines and cherries as well as raspberries and blackberries.

  5. eric says:

    wow, that is a great landscape

  6. Bob O'H says:

    It looks like it needs ironing.

  7. Certainly a very dramatic landscape. Not sure I’d want to live there for any length of time though – it’s a bit bare looking, I need more trees and greenness.
    Still, better than some places I have lived – Manchester in particular, my few months there sucked the soul out of me like a Dementor (or maybe I was just going through a bad patch).

  8. John Del Rio says:

    That is a gorgeous scene. One of my very favorite areas in the country is just a little ways away in Sandpoint, Idaho. There is something so soothing and calming to me about a landscape like this. It gives me a sense of freedom.