This was shot from High drive looking South, Below is US 195 that people drive heading to Pullman WA were WSU is located along the route are many smaller towns a view of beautiful farmland. Below were the ponds are that is a golf course back in the 70's that was farmland I remember watching people hang glide off high drive and landing in the field below there's trail father up that leads down to creek were we use to swim during the summers. Off to right is housing development that has pretty much wiped out the trees. All this in name of progress.
The Palouse Highway runs south from Spokane, Washington State and on to Oregon.
The Palouse is an area with rolling hills like sand dunes, created by glaciers and wind patterns in the Ice Age. It is now one of the most productive farming areas in the world, mostly wheat and lentils.
The best time to take this trip is in the late spring or early summer, when the hills are green and gold. In the winter it is a treeless waste of grey skies, snow, and mud, but at other times of year it is one of the most beautiful places anywhere. For a view, rent the bad Robin Williams movie "Toys"; the countryside scenes were filmed in the Palouse.
Most traffic south out of Spokane takes US 195 in Washington or US 95 in Idaho. But the best scenery by far is on Washington State Highway 27. Rand McNally is guilty of dereliction of duty for not marking this as a scenic route in their road atlas. It is a two lane paved road, suitable for any vehicle. Don't go too fast, as you will take some sharp corners, and slow-moving farm tractors use the road. Also, patches of ice linger in the hollows on cold mornings. The road winds very pleasantly over and around hills covered with wheat, past farmhouses, and through lovely farm towns.
South of Oakesdale you can turn off Washington State Highway 27 for the road leading to Steptoe Butte State Park (follow the signs). A road winds up the hill to the top, which affords a spectacular view of the entire region, looking like the Sahara in green and gold.
There may be some bed and breakfast places in some of the towns along the way, and there are plenty of hotels in Pullman, at the end of the highway.
South from Pullman you can continue on US 195 to the grim paper mill towns of Lewiston and Clarkston, then take Washington State Highway 129 south from Clarkston into the Blue Mountains. This is canyon country, with the road taking a long winding plunge down to the Grande Ronde River and up the other side. Be sure your car can handle long uphill stretches.
Now in Oregon, where it is Oregon State Highway 3, the road continues through the Blue Mountains and down into the Wallowa Valley, a beautiful place which was Chief Joseph's stomping grounds before the US Army chased his tribe out. At the south end of the valley is Wallowa Lake, gateway to the spectacular Eagle Cap wilderness.
Oregon State Highway 82 leads out of the valley through more wonderful scenery and farm towns to La Grande, on I-84 and the old Oregon trail.
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roges (1212) 2009-04-05 22:39
Hi Jason !
Excellent played with some color.
A beautiful day,
chrissty (102) 2009-04-05 23:33
Hi Jason !
Nice captura.Imi like warm colors and beautiful.
phwall (6785) 2009-04-06 0:05
Very good winter landscape, although you must be getting close to some green spring colour.
Excellent POV, the high angle shows clearly the way the road cuts through the countryside.
Is the golf course still active or has that gone by the way as well. I can see the housing estate you refer to in your note, beats me why they continue to build houses on top of each other way out here where there appears to be so much land.
A very good note to accompany your capture.
gracious (20025) 2009-04-06 0:45
Thank you for this awesome view well captured!
I loved the effect that created from the cpl on the lighting and colour in this shot! nice and smooth!
the notes just great for all the information!
rodgerg (55767) 2009-04-06 1:01
A very nice winter's landascape with a great prospect and a good balalnce in the colmposition arond the highway. Many details very well colected.
Have a good week,
Nicou (118372) 2009-04-06 1:37
merveilleuse cette vue neigeuse, avec la route qui coupe le blan blan, elles fait un superbe contraste, splendide.
bravo et amitiť
Floydian (30970) 2009-04-06 8:04
Very impressive view, also enhnced by that winter wonderland feeling. I was driving there last year from the Cascades to Spokane and saw only yellow fields, blue skies with big fat clouds....wonderful. But seeing this in the winter were the road is lingering through the landscape is als wonderful captured. A lot of depth, thanks to your very clever composition....a great shot, like it a lot.
danos (84497) 2009-04-06 8:08
what a panoramic view of this highway to the Palouse. I like this snowy scene with the highway to penetrate the entire scene and to lead the eye on the far end of the background. Well done.
gunbud (34066) 2009-04-06 20:55
The gently rolling and winding road creates fine depth and a tranquil atmosphere as it snakes through the beautiful winter countryside.
jusninasirun (17160) 2009-04-06 22:43
Nice winter scene with the road leading nicely around the white patches of snow. Beautiful details and nicely cropped out sky to show the fg details.
TFS and best regards,
aadilj (18102) 2009-04-08 3:43
Wow jason, this sure is lovely and very dreamy. I love the long winding road and the entire beautiful scene. Youve captured it from a superb pov
npecanhuk (62718) 2009-04-12 14:14
I really like this picture! First of all, I love traveling and this includes "highways"! I love hitting the road every now and then! Secondly, the high pov was an excellent choice to take this picture! A simple but effective composition, adequate sharpness and correct exposure are good photo qualities in here too! TFS - Congratulations!
anto95 (1840) 2009-04-17 2:54
Wonderful mystic landscape. Good colors.
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-04-24 21:56
Terrific shot, excellent from a technical point of view and overwhelming in terms of atmosphere. Never been around here yet, but I was in La Grande, Joseph, Imnaha... all those lonely & lovely Oregon towns and villages close to the Trail and Hell's Canyon... TFS and for bringing up great memories! Have a great weekend, I've been overly busy with work lately but I'll see y'all soon.
- Copyright: Jason Orosco (vmf-214) (1648)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-20
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS, Canon LA-DC52G Lens Adapter, Targus 52mm Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-05 22:32