#901. Lyrical Harvest

The Palouse area of southeastern Washington State is a real un-destination, in addition to being a photographer’s dream. Paying homage to a gentler time, it’s a distinctive and solitary panorama the place zephyr winds scatter clouds throughout the blue sky, inflicting shadows to bounce and play amongst the hills. The huge rolling hills of wheat & legume fields tackle a particular magic throughout harvest when they’re lined in summary patterns and intersecting traces and shapes all in superb shades of amber. The
panorama of the Palouse area was shaped over tens of hundreds of years from wind blown mud and silt referred to as “loess” which settled out into the rolling hills you see at this time.

To indicate scale on this immense panorama, I sometimes embrace vehicles and harvesting tools which appear as if tiny toys when seen from the highest of the butte. One can solely picture how troublesome it might be to attempt to drive a harvester or mix up and down these wonderful hills. Within the late 1880’s, harvesting was very labor intensive requiring an organized harvesting/threshing crew of 120 males and 320 horses and mules! Within the 1920’s the mix was invented; nevertheless, it required a crew of 40 horses and 6 males to function on stage floor, which doesn’t actually exist right here. Invention of a smaller model of the mix and harvester within the 1930’s solved the problem.

The sinuous patterns left behind by harvesters and combines are evocative of the rhythms and repetitions present in music of all genres, therefore the “lyrical” within the collection title. Classical, jazz, and blues come to thoughts each time I’m having fun with the view. When these photos had been taken, current wild fires to the west had left the sky hazy, creating a beautiful soft-box impact, which is preferable to the typically harsh gentle of August. Early mornings and evenings are perfect for pictures when the low slanting gentle creates shadows and richly defines the shapes of the hills and valleys. Stunning sunsets and sunrises may also add colour to the Palouse panorama however, as you may see, I not often add any sky to my photos. It’s both all land or all sky for me.

In June the Palouse is roofed in a thousand shades of inexperienced which is gorgeous in its personal method. I’ve photographed each; nevertheless, the golden patterns and contours created by the harvest are my favourite Palouse topics.


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