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September 23rd, 2010

The Hairy Monster in the Palouse

Posted By Jay Goodrich
The Wavy Palouse, Washington by Jay Goodrich

The Wavy Palouse, Washington © Jay Goodrich

I am sitting here on a plane to San Francisco, taking a little time to catch up on some writing that I haven’t gotten to over the course of the last two busy weeks of work, travel, and family time. This past weekend the whole family and I went out to the Palouse in South Eastern Washington to experience this magical place for the first time. I have seen other photographer’s work from this region of the state and can now tell you from personal experience that this place is worth the trip. It is just another location that I could spend tons of time exploring for the remainder of my life. This image was taken courtesy of my daughter who pointed out the big hairy monster at the edge of the field. Newest lesson in my photographic journey–listen to the 5 year old when she spouts something out.

Kids have a tendency to look at the world through unfiltered glasses and as soon as I looked over to where she was pointing I thought of “Sully”, the character that John Goodman played in Monsters Inc. What an amazing experience the world is during one’s youth. I remember those days well, everything and everyone was open to interpretation and rarely judged with apprehension. To relive my youth now, through my daughter and my son, is quickly becoming a favorite avenue to my own personal creative enlightenment. I have to remember to view every location and every composition with that same openness of a 5 year old child. I do see the “Hairy Monster” in these windswept grasses. More importantly I see a composition of texture, formed and left by the ever changing forces of mother nature.

 

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  1. Teri Lou Dantzler Says:

    Jay, you must return in mid June and mid August. As I am sure you are aware these are the two most popular times for photographers.

    In June the rolling fields are green, with contrasting dark brown fallow fields and yellow flowering mustard seed. In August the crops are golden and the farmers are harvesting their bounty sunrise to sunset. It is very magical.

    I have spent months and drove 1000’s of miles in the area and am in the process of creating a ‘Photographer’s Map of the Palouse.’ The map has over 150 pinpointed locations of photographic highlights, such as: red barns, viewpoints, windmills, abandoned houses, etc. The 2011 release will be available next spring.

  2. Tom Guffey Says:

    We were also in the Palouse last weekend….for the first time- great place, going back- photographers paradise!!

  3. Jay Goodrich Says:

    Thanks Teri Lou. I am already planning all of your suggestions. Thank you for the feedback.

  4. Jay Goodrich Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Tom. Thanks for the comment.

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