While walking down from a late afternoon photo shoot on Paradise Ridge, I happened onto a vantage point from which the setting sun was visible through the trees. I stopped to take a look and there sat a this meadowlark. It seemed to be appreciating the moment and wasn’t in any hurry, so I set up and took a shot.
The south end of Paradise Ridge is my new favorite place. Thanks to the efforts of private concerns, it is one of the few native plant refuges on the Palouse. From the beginning of the trailhead to the top takes about 45 minutes to an hour of heart pounding exhilaration. On this late, spring day the forecast called for isolated thunder storms. All afternoon I watched the clouds building and decided I couldn’t pass up the chance. By the time I drove to the trail head and hiked to the top, the clouds were beginning to blot out the sun. I waited hopefully, and at a clearing on the horizon, the sun suddenly burst through the clouds, washing the landscape with it’s golden light.
Panasonic DMC FZ30, 1/50, f/4, 27.4mm, spot focus, pattern meter, iso 80
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I came to the Palouse in 1966 from Western Washington to attend college and was immediately taken with the landscapes. After college I found some land in the country and built a modest home. I walk a few hundred feet up the hill in front of my home and this is the view. North of Pullman, The Palouse, Whitman County, Washington State
Following are images I have taken and feel compelled to share via this blog.