I have taken a month off from posting. This next year I will continue but will do so on a periodic basis – when the mood strikes. During May I took another trip east. I revisited old haunts in the hardscrabble region and ventured into the Palouse. The Palouse is the region bordering Idaho south of Spokane. It is markedly different than the wheat country that I am used to. It can be recognized by road cuts that are sliced through soil rather than basalt. The terrain undulates, it is smooth and sensuous as if sculpted to mimic reclining nudes. Precipitation is twice what it is where I have been working. Crops are planted every year and include peas, alfalfa, garbanzo beans, and wheat – lots of wheat. Farms are neat and many towns are prosperous.
Farmers in the Palouse preserve small islands of trees on occasion creating visual oases.
This would never be found in the drier country.
Garfield, Whitman County.
I will definitely return to the Palouse, however, it requires me to reset my thinking and vision, which is good.