I just returned from an epic photography trip to the Palouse region of Washington state. Four plus days of shooting some incredibly beautiful landscapes with a terrific group of photographers known as NxNW. This was my first time joining this group, and it was absolutely amazing. We visited many of the major spots in the area including Steptoe Butte and Palouse Falls, as well as several of the old abandoned barns and homes that dot the landscape. Sleep was about the only thing not on our agenda as we shot from sunrise through the evening, with a brief break during the middle of each day to recharge our batteries and back-up our images.
Although today’s image was taken on our last night, I couldn’t resist using it as my first blog post from my trip. This is the Weber House (Homestead) outside Pullman, WA. It’s a well-known location for photographers, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We got there in the afternoon to shoot sunset, and ended up staying late to get some Milky Way images as well. This was my first time photographing the Milky Way, and I have to admit, I’m hooked. I can’t wait to try this again somewhere local (or close to local as it’s fairly bright where I live).
We were also fortunate to catch a huge meteor that streaked across the sky while we were capturing the Milky Way. I was working on some star trails when the meteor lit up the sky, so my capture wasn’t great as a standalone image. Some of the NxNW crew were able to catch it as well, and I’m sure you’ll see their images soon on their respective blogs and social media posts.
I’ll be posting more Palouse images in the coming days and weeks, including some other views of the Weber House, so stay tuned.