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The Palouse

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 5 July 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Today begins a series of photographs taken on our photography trip to the Palouse of Eastern Washington. I start with an iconic shot from Steptoe Butte which rises 300 meters above the surrounding countryside. You have a 360º view. It is the one place where every photographer has to go.

THANK YOU for all of your 4th of July wishes from around the world to my country

NIKON D700 1/100 second F/9.0 ISO 400 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

Javier from Castro-Urdiales, Spain

Fantástico!! Impresionante color verde!!

5 Jul 2012 5:16am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great colors and very beautiful composition!

5 Jul 2012 5:19am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue sur ces champs avec ces vagues cette lumière grandiose j'adore.

5 Jul 2012 5:54am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

A breathtaking photo - Thank you!! I saw the Palouse in the fall, a totally different color scheme.

5 Jul 2012 6:38am

Duck Island Guy from Off the Coast, United States


5 Jul 2012 6:40am

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful colors & lights!

5 Jul 2012 6:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and you were there at the perfect moment, I'd say. Wonderful light and shadow-scape.

5 Jul 2012 7:19am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A wonder this picture, a "green sea" of beauty. Good day. *****

5 Jul 2012 7:42am

PATRICK from miramas, France


5 Jul 2012 7:53am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Wow! Great colors and light! Beautiful landscape! Bravo!

5 Jul 2012 7:59am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Breathtaking !!! Have a good day.

5 Jul 2012 8:16am

Akbar&Armaghan from gorgan, Iran

fantastic shot of a great place,magic light and shadows

5 Jul 2012 8:27am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Somptueux et grandiose ! Quelle magnifique vue, et une lumière superbe ! Bravo

5 Jul 2012 9:05am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Incrédible !!! I have no word to explain my pleasure ! Phil

5 Jul 2012 9:57am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wow..beautiful shot of this stunning landscape !

5 Jul 2012 10:24am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbare Landschaft mit hervorragenden Farben. 5*

5 Jul 2012 10:37am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Whoa! This is an amazingly beautiful image, just stunning color and light! Can not wait to see more :^)

5 Jul 2012 10:43am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow Jack - this is an amzing view beautiully captured.

5 Jul 2012 10:51am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Gorgeous light here Jack! It looks like one giant golf course! ;-)

5 Jul 2012 11:33am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A stunning landscape (and photo) filled with light and shadow interaction, not to mention lush green texture. Just gorgeous.

5 Jul 2012 11:37am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. stunning .. just stunning ... light and shadows on this landscape are unbelievable !

5 Jul 2012 11:51am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Oh, Jack, this is beyond beautiful. I've heard of The Palouse, but never had explored it. Here is a 9-minute video that is gorgeous if you haven't seen it.

5 Jul 2012 12:33pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks for the video.

Chantal from Vitry le François, France

Un paysage sublime où ombre et lumière se mêlent. Je suis en extase. 5*****

5 Jul 2012 1:13pm

Susan Rose from Georgia, United States

An amazing photo. You chose the perfect time of day for sunlight to be highlighting the hills. OUTSTANDING!

5 Jul 2012 1:20pm

C. Intempor'elle from Paris • Alma Andaluza •, France

Great capture for a fabulous green.

5 Jul 2012 1:36pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


5 Jul 2012 1:58pm

Bruno FROMENTIERE from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Fantastic landscape !!

5 Jul 2012 2:53pm

Frida from Sweden

Oh Jack this must qualify as my favorite image from you. Love, love it!

5 Jul 2012 3:29pm

Philippe from Paris, France

Fantastic colors and great composition !!! Bravo. Bonne soirée.

5 Jul 2012 3:36pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You've left me open-mouthed dear Jack ... Wonderful. As the waves of sea green ... It's like a dream ... Congratulations dear friend. Again, a fantasy... Muchos besos y abrazos... Adela

5 Jul 2012 3:43pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Totalement splendide ! un festival de verts lumineux et superbes

5 Jul 2012 4:12pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaa!! splendide ta photo!! 5*****

5 Jul 2012 4:48pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Amazing the pockets of light and shade bring to this image. Such lovely color; you snapped at the right time.

5 Jul 2012 4:50pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland


5 Jul 2012 4:59pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wonderful light, gorgeous place... would like to go there and see that with my own eyes... one day....

5 Jul 2012 5:30pm

@Evelyne Dubos: It was a perfect time of year.

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

5 Jul 2012 6:54pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Wow! Amazing view! Beautiful light! Excellent work!

5 Jul 2012 8:13pm

Mahdi Monavari from Zanjan, Iran

So Nice!!

5 Jul 2012 8:48pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Oh wow . . . this is an incredible landscape! The lighting on the hills really makes this a stand-out shot. Well done! 5*

5 Jul 2012 8:57pm

Maria from California, United States

wow, this is gorgeous scenery! I love it!

5 Jul 2012 9:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


5 Jul 2012 9:18pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! This perspective is spectacular! I like the wavy feel and the vibrant colors.

5 Jul 2012 10:24pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Outstanding rippled landscape and fabulous contrasts of light and shadows !!! Absolutely beautiful ...

5 Jul 2012 10:28pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The dappled sunlight makes this so beautiful, great for accentuating the rolling hills !~

5 Jul 2012 11:11pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

What a beautiful place, and so well captured by you! The light is magic!

5 Jul 2012 11:39pm

PD from Kansas, United States

Beautiful image!

6 Jul 2012 12:33am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! What an incredible view! The colors, shadows and textures really stand out beautifully!

6 Jul 2012 12:34am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

sublime photo! the play of light and shadows in the lush green field is just magical! this almost has a 3d feel to it, such is the depth that you achieved here!

6 Jul 2012 2:42am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Bravo for the spotlight! :)

6 Jul 2012 6:00pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

absolutely stunning, as per your usual, Jack

6 Jul 2012 6:00pm

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Wonderful picture, colors, definition and light, deserved spotlight !

6 Jul 2012 6:05pm

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

An incredible landscape this is ...........
All that different greens and a wonderful play of light and shadow!!
Congratulations on your Spotlight :-))

6 Jul 2012 6:09pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and Congrats on the Color Spotlight, too - well done !

6 Jul 2012 6:21pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! I've missed this one... A huge congratulations for this well deserved spotlight ! I love it... Have a nice weekend :)

6 Jul 2012 6:22pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

... and Congratulations on this really well deserved Color Spotlight !!! Well done Jack ...

6 Jul 2012 6:31pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Congratulation Jack ! Not only color but a real spotlight this image deserves !

6 Jul 2012 6:41pm

Chantal from Vitry le François, France

Bravo pour le Color spotlight, c'était mérité. Je ne me lasse pas de regarder cette photo.

6 Jul 2012 6:48pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

6 Jul 2012 6:53pm

@omid: Thank you.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Well-deserved spotlight!

6 Jul 2012 7:43pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congrats for the Color Spotlight. Good day.

6 Jul 2012 7:49pm

@Tede: Thank you.

Mhelene from Paris, France

Stunning ! Congratulations on the color spotlight !

6 Jul 2012 7:58pm

@Mhelene: Thank you.

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

ohhh woow, it s really beautifulll, great great shot ! bravo *****

6 Jul 2012 8:52pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


6 Jul 2012 8:53pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Yes! If this hadn't been selected for either of the Spotlights, I was going to be very very befuddled. Congratulations for a beautiful photo!

6 Jul 2012 9:12pm

@Rick: Thanks, Rick. This actually is one of the very few of my spotlights that seemed to make some sense to me. The incredible light and colors were a very special gift. It was breathtaking to have seen this.

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

John, Herzlichen Glückwunsch. Das war aber auch eine gelungene Aufnahme.

6 Jul 2012 9:20pm

@Heinz: Danke, Heinz.

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Holy Moly - what an incredible photograph! Well done!

6 Jul 2012 10:55pm

@Ian Smith: Many thanks.

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States


6 Jul 2012 11:27pm

@Trina: Many thanks.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful light and shadow !

6 Jul 2012 11:46pm

@Hiro: Many thanks.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! The light and colors are superb. Congratulations on the Spotlight. Well deserved!

7 Jul 2012 12:00am

@Elaine Hancock: Many thanks.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Man , talk about a much-deserved spotlight - just love this one, Jack...Congrats :-)

7 Jul 2012 1:35am

@Denny Jump Photo: Many thanks.

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

wow, wow, wow... what beautiful light, shadows and colors... congratulations for your color spotlight well merted...

7 Jul 2012 3:23am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, this is simply stunning! Congrats on a very well deserved Spotlight!

7 Jul 2012 5:00am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!

7 Jul 2012 5:34am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

That is amazing.

7 Jul 2012 6:10am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

What a magnificent landscape - brilliant handling of light and shadow! Congratulations on the Color Spotlight-

7 Jul 2012 6:40am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the color spotlight!

7 Jul 2012 7:37am

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

What a beautiful landscape, great light. Congratulations

7 Jul 2012 8:16am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Yesssssssssss suis bien heureuse pour ton spotlight color!! bien mérité!!!!

7 Jul 2012 9:36am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Superb John , congrats !!

7 Jul 2012 10:12am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Congratulations Jack !

7 Jul 2012 3:35pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fantastic landscape. The light was perfect to reveal the hills in the Palouse. Excellent choice to receive the Spotlight Award. Well deserved recognition.

7 Jul 2012 3:53pm

Ani from Bordeaux, France

So beautiful...

7 Jul 2012 4:21pm

David Ahrens from Roseville, California, United States

I love this!

7 Jul 2012 6:44pm

Lopamudra from Kolkata, India

wow! what a view

8 Jul 2012 5:44am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful work, Jack. When I first saw this image unfold before me I thought of Dorothy and her three companions as they first laid eyes on Oz from the vantage point of the edge of the forest. This photograph is equally magical. Congrats on the spotlight, too.

8 Jul 2012 7:43am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A marvellous scene with wonderful textures. Well done with the spotlight.

8 Jul 2012 12:03pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

a dreamy place!!!

9 Jul 2012 4:09am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Fantastic greens and light, Jack ! --> Remix !!!

9 Jul 2012 12:00pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Hearty congratulations on the well deserved spotlight! This is magnificent, Jack.

9 Jul 2012 3:38pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

what an amazing relief! lovely tones

9 Jul 2012 7:38pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Spectacular landscape with all these textures and colors! Great scene indeed

9 Jul 2012 9:55pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Absolutely stunning!!! What a grandiose landscape!!!

10 Jul 2012 12:27am

Anna from Somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Really amazing Jack!
I love it and still congratulations... ;))

10 Jul 2012 6:32am

Andrew Atkinson from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Wow, really nice shot, look forward to more like these.

10 Jul 2012 4:06pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

A wonderful shot where light is playing so wonderfully

11 Jul 2012 6:56am

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

What a great beginning to your photo show of this area. Excellent photo, Congratulations.

11 Jul 2012 5:19pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan


12 Jul 2012 2:10am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Thats an amazing landscape! A definite color spotlight. Congrats Jack!

12 Jul 2012 12:03pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

wouaou....WHAT A carpet *****

12 Jul 2012 12:27pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

stunning! one of your best, Jack!

13 Jul 2012 7:32am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

A magical landscape

13 Jul 2012 12:19pm

Patrick from Bethune, France

Superbe !!! wonderfull !!!
Lumiére rasante sur un paysage fantastique !

13 Jul 2012 5:12pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Stunning view, wow, such colour and texture...

14 Jul 2012 11:44pm

franz from Baden, Austria

gorgeous place and image ... definitely on my list of must-see locations !!!

15 Jul 2012 2:13pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

This is a lovely composition. I am always amazed at the topography of this place!

15 Jul 2012 2:44pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..simply fantastic .

16 Jul 2012 12:32am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Probably the most beautiful landscape I have seen ! Sweet greens and perfect light and game of shadows. Congratulations !
Kind regards

16 Jul 2012 5:00am

@@Look: Thank you for your kind and gracious comment.

David Legg from Detroit, United States

Congratulations on the Color Spotlight. The light is absolutely gorgeous in this shot.

16 Jul 2012 7:27pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Oh wow, I absolutely love this image with it wonderful green meadows. Would love to be there.

19 Jul 2012 9:06am

Sylvie from France

fantastic !

20 Jul 2012 10:07am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Excellent, la lumière est sublime. Félicitations pour ce Color Spotlight bien mérité!

21 Jul 2012 8:44am

Kyle from Manhattan KS, United States

I think you are correct, I must go there. Beautiful texture, what an amazing photograph, as are many from from this series.

23 Jul 2012 10:58am

k@ from Paris, France

What a majestosity in this greenitude !

26 Jul 2012 4:40pm

k@ from Paris, France

majestuosity !

26 Jul 2012 4:40pm

Sophie from Fournets Luisans, France

So beautiful !

27 Jul 2012 6:02am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

Very wonderfull photo and landscape.....I love it

28 Jul 2012 12:51pm

Sandra from Biesheim, France

Waouh, quelle merveille !

31 Jul 2012 1:27pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Marvelous landscape...beautiful greens and light...what an awesome place

2 Aug 2012 2:02pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Truly a masterpiece, Jack! Marvellous light and tones and a wonderful composition.

2 Aug 2012 10:02pm

farideh from Iran

It looks very nice photos of Paradise.

9 Sep 2012 9:45am

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

Lovely amazing wonderful ,,,, WOW !

10 Sep 2012 7:03pm

Nelis from Paarl, South Africa

wow ... WOW! A stunning beauty!

22 Sep 2012 4:24pm

Josy from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Grandiose et magique ! Ces vagues vertes sur lesquelles jouent la lumière sont merveilleuses

6 Oct 2012 7:41am

MAU from Els Poblets, Spain

Sorry I had not discovered this shot before. What can I say? It is a beautiful landscape and your shot was taken at the perfect time of the day to highlight its uniqueness and beauty. Bravo!

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