Lost in the Palouse - Pullman, Washington

On my last full day exploring the Palouse last June, I had the day to myself, so I went out exploring. For those of you who haven't visited the area, it is massive. It is located in eastern Washington, western Idaho and northeastern Oregon. There are no boundaries that define the area (it is estimated to be more than 19,000 square miles). Locals told me that you will know it when you see it. I thought that to be weird, but after my time there, they were absolutely right.

The landscape is primarily rolling farmland as far as the eye can see. There are no mountains and the only high vantage point is Steptoe Butte, which is an amazing place to photograph from during sunrises and sunsets. There are all kind of buildings and machinery that dot the landscape from farmhouses to grain elevators to silos. Some are obviously abandoned, others may or may not be. The main crop is wheat, although there are other crops like dijon mustard.

It is with that background that filled my head as I explored. I had mapped out a route, but the unnamed dirt roads and turns got me lost a few times. It was on one of these lost moments that I found gems like this barn somewhere near Pullman, WA. I wasn't sure if it was abandoned or not. I couldn't find any house near it and the barn looked like it hadn't been used recently. Regardless, I thought it would be a great subject to photograph.