Soaring Over the Palouse on Steptoe Butte State Park

Soaring into late afternoon clouds near Steptoe Butte State Park, WA


Casey The Palouse in Eastern Washington is a haven for photographers, even pet photographers from Seattle. In mid-October I took a quick drive out there to photograph the landscape. I was on the road at 3:00 AM hoping to catch a sunrise in the rolling hills for some beautiful light.

I was about 100 miles west of the city of Colfax (my destination) when the sun rose right into a cloud bank. I shot one decent photo of a lonely old windmill with a dash of rising sun. The the sun disappeared into cloud cover. That would have to do. I stopped at the Palouse State Park, a couple of interesting towns and arrived in Colfax at about noon. I took a nap and then I was out again to head up to Steptoe Butte State Park. I love that name. It is the highest point in the area and I loved it so much I returned for sunrise the following morning.

It was getting late and the clouds were moving in but a hang-glider suddenly leapt from the edge and a group of guys working on the microwave towers and I were mesmerized as this gentleman soared over the rolling hills. I introduced myself to Lori as she was photographing her hanggliding husband, Lenny. Their dog Casey was enjoying the brisk breeze and activity around him. Of course Casey got my attention and then I turned my attention to Lenny as he soared through dark clouds.

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