Golden Farmland - Steptoe Butte State Park, Washington

Steptoe Butte State Park is the Palouse's must visit location to stop and shoot photos. Standing about 3,600 feet above some of the most fertile farmland you can find, it gives a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. It is best seen and shot at sunrise or sunset (or both) when the sun is low, allowing for the undulating landscape to be best captured with golden light and deep shadows that add dimensionality to the photo. Once the sun gets higher, the shadows lighten and the contrast is reduced. 

The last time I shot there, it was spring and the view displayed all different shades of green with some patches of brown thrown in. On this last trip, it was the harvest and the greens were replaced with gold. It was a shock to my system but, as you can see, it was beautiful in its own right.