from the Palouse
wheat ranching country
of south east Washington State.
The hills look like sand dunes. Silt blew in during ice ages. It is now very rich prairie soil. Palouse wheat fields grow, mostly wheat, lentils and peas. Some of the land is left bare for one growing season. This is called summer fallow. When I was a kid, they told me the summer fallow land was resting. Bicycling through this unique landscape is quite an experience.
Menu to my Palouse pictures
Along Palouse scenic byways
Palouse country & concrete river in Colfax
KWSU AM tower
Bill Chipman Trail
Short harvest videos
Pullman on my Flickr
Pullman on my blog
Between Pullman and Lewiston
Rolling "sand dune like" hills of the Palouse Country, stretch for miles after one gets to top of Lewiston Grade. Image taken 2002.
Top of the grade offers little "down hill" for those continuing north. It becomes the fertile Palouse Hills; a unique area of steep and rolling hills. It's wheat ranching country, also noted for peas and lentils.
Heading west, from Pullman, I traveled through more Palouse hills and eventually back down to the Snake River.
Inside grain elevator. Just stuck camera through a hole and got view inside empty tank. Pullman, WA.