American Tuscany - Steptoe Butte State Park, Washington

From mid-May through June, I was fortunate to have visited Grand Teton National Park, The Palouse in eastern Washington, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. It was a busy time and I am glad to be spending July and August close to home before I hit the road again in September. The Palouse is often referred to as America's version of Tuscany. The main difference is that the miles upon miles of undulating farmland is a patchwork of wheat and soybeans rather than vines. The character of the landscape changes with the seasons. Spring brings us all shades of green into the early months of summer. As summer comes, these hues change into amber waves of grain. The fall brings reds and gold and winter covers the land with a blanket of white. The best place to watch the transformation is from the top of Steptoe Butte. The butte, rising 3,000 feet above the farmland, provides a 360-degree view. My favorite spot to photograph is this scene with a building sticking out from the green patchwork. For many years, I thought the building was called the Whitman County Growers building but have recently discovered that is not the case. I have tried to find out what the building is known as, but haven't been able to. If anyone can name it, I would appreciate knowing its name.