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The Palouse Tapestry

A Segment of the Bill Forney Workshop, in the Palouse, WA

(2nd of 7 Posts from this Trip)


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Palouse1The first part of Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshop was for 4 days in the Palouse, in eastern Washington State.  The Palouse is one of the most fertile wheat-growing regions in the world. So you ask why is that important?  Palouse8Because the newly sprouted wheat fields stretch over the rolling hills and valleys for a hundred miles in each direction and present some of the most graphic landscapes I’ve ever seen.  And as such, the Palouse has become one of the most popular photography venues in the northwest.

1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shimSteptoe Butte is the first-stop for the full impact of the Palouse.  Steptoe is one of the only spots from which the vastness of this farmland can be seen.  This was our spot for two (early!) morning shoots and two (fairly late) evening shoots.  The sun rises at this latitude at about 4:45 a.m. and sets around 9:45 p.m. this time of year.  So there was precious little time to sleep, but being there during the pre-dawn and twilight times was a treat.

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Lighthouses, a Cool Harbor, and a Shipwreck

Down the Washington and Oregon Coast, After the Bill Fortney Workshop

(7th, and Last of 7 Posts from this Trip – Whew!)

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After finishing with my recent eight-day workshop will Bill Fortney and the His Light Workshops team across much of Washington, I decided to take several days and make the drive back home a more leisurely one down the Washington and Oregon coast.  I didn’t have any particular photography targets in mind, with the exception that I hoped to make stops at several lighthouses.

One of the most recognizable of those is the North Head Light (above) in Ecola State Park, just north of the Columbia River in Washington.

Coast2I spent two overnights in Astoria, Oregon, near the mouth of the Columbia River.  It is a quaint riverfront town, unfortunately best known by many as the filming location for the two movies, “Kindergarten Cop” and “The Goonies”.  On a more serious note, I was surprised to learn that it is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.  It has the feel of a seaside town, but is actually on the river.1-px-x-560-px-background-line-shim

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“Old Prairie Church” Wins Contest Award


I’m really jazzed!   My image of “The Old Prairie Church” has been awarded First Place winner in the annual Cowboys & Indians Magazine’s® photography contest for the Landscape category.  Pardon me for puffing up a little, OK?

The Old Prairie Church

The image that won the Landscape category is “The Old Prairie Church”.  The location is the historic Eaves Ranch just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This working ranch has a section that was used for the filming of a number of movies and TV westerns, going back as far as “The Cheyenne Social Club.”

I was with a group from Moose Peterson’s Digital Landscape Workshop Series (check out Moose’s website at ), and we had combed the old movie set for “western” shots for our portfolios.  The afternoon had been filled with cowboys, horses and even the old jail.

It was late in the afternoon on a day that had threatened with rain (snow back in Santa Fe) and some wind.  Then, just before the sun dropped below the  Sangre de Cristo mountains, a break in the clouds gave way to a brilliant, low-angle lighting of the old church, back-dropped by spectacular clouds and ensuing sunset.  And for a brief few moments, the image before me spoke volumes about the lonely prairie, the single church that kept faith, and how beautiful the simplicities of older days are, even for those who might not be from the West.

Moose, thanks for the great opportunity to stand there and to grab what is already one of my favorite shots.

Cowboys, Indians, Award, Prairie, ChurchIf you’re not familiar with Cowboys & Indians Magazine, it is the premier magazine of the West, highlighting western and ranch life and the people and places that make up that special part the American West.  It typically features one cover personality that is prominent in western film, literature or history along with other articles and stories for those who have an appreciation of western lore, wildlife, scenery, architecture, music and even poetry.


But once each year, the focus is on some of the most interesting and high-quality photography of the West that can be found anywhere in one place.

I know,  I know, it sounds like I’m just spouting off about a publication that chose to give me a little recognition.

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