At the time of taking this day trip, it had been months since Melissa and I went out to take photos. I was itching to get out and go somewhere that I had not been before. After some thinking, we decided that we wanted to go to the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. During this time of the year, the Palouse is normally shining bright with gorgeous greens. We planned to depart Seattle with enough time to catch sunset at Palouse Falls State Park. Then we would spend the night in our car and hit the greater Palouse region in the early morning.
We gathered my camera equipment, some snacks, bedding, and the pup before heading out of town. We hit some pretty nasty traffic going through Seattle, but quickly hit the i-90 express lanes once we got past downtown. I was super pumped seeing the sky with such dramatic cloud formations to start the drive. I only hoped that they would continue over the mountains for sunset.
After we got through Seattle, it was smooth sailing for awhile...until we got closer to Ellensburg. Road construction on i-90 has been a pain in the butt ever since I started going to school in Ellensburg back in 2009. It's the one thing I don't miss about the Seattle-to-Ellensburg drive. Cloud cover was still looking good at this point and I was remaining hopeful that they would not thin out with the 2-3 hours we had left to drive.
We finally arrived at Palouse Falls State Park around 7:30, which gave us about an hour before sunset. We walked around the park and I found a spot to shoot the falls from. I'm so glad that the park rangers took the chainlink fence down so that we were able to get closer to the canyon rim. We stayed here, shooting the sunset for about an hour. The clouds did not provide the color that I was hoping for, but the sunset was still decent. Here you can see a behind the scenes photo of my Palouse Falls viewpoint.
After sunset was complete, we packed up and departed the State Park. We then drove into Pullman and car camped close to the WSU campus. We figured that this would be a good starting point for the next morning. Our alarms went off around 5:30am and we got ready for a full day of photographing the beautiful Palouse region. For a complete set of the processed Palouse images, visit the Palouse Region page!