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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rural Thursday - The Palouse






The Palouse is a majestic wheat growing area in Eastern Washington. The wheat fields extend into Idaho and up into Canada. There are miles and miles of fields, running up and down on the rolling hills or spread out flat. There are other fabulous sights there, waterfalls, unbelievable canyons dug out by rivers, rock formations to stun and amaze you - but today we concentrate on the wheat growing area.

There are massive pieces of farm machinery that you will pass on the highways - they are going from one field to another. This one has the sides of it drawn up so it can move down the road. The farmers are always polite, they will wave as you pass, and they always pull as far to the right as possible so you can continue on your journey. Their machines are slow, but they get amazing amounts of work done on these big machines. We stayed behind this one because I wanted to get a picture of just how big they are. The tires on the tractor are taller than our car.


There are some interesting small, abandoned buildings . . .

And some large - which have been replaced by newer, more modern facilities . . .


And they grow other things besides wheat in the Palouse. We began to see onion skins all over the ground when we would stop to take photos, and this is why - a big truck full of onions going to the processing plant. We saw dozens of these trucks while in Eastern Washington - must have been the height of the onion harvest.

Have you been to Eastern Washington? It is a spectacular area, and we plan to go back soon.

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13 comments:

Tanya said...

that one barn thing in the 3rd image looks like a rocket ship!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Could you smell the truck piled with onions driving behind it?

The second building is kind of crazy looking!

Jeanne said...

The picture of the onion truck reminds me of visiting WSU when my youngest was a student there. We followed one of those for miles and miles.

Nancy Claeys said...

Funny how we think "why is that grain elevator so close to the road?" not alway realizing the road came after the structure.

Great shots and history. Thank you for sharing. :)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

That's an odd shaped barn... is it a barn? WoW! =)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful!

Regards and best wishes

Candy C. said...

I love the old grain elevator beside the highway! :)

gtyyup said...

The old grain elevator is an awesome find!!

Julie said...

Love your pics, I know those scenes well! I was just on the Palouse last Saturday!

heyBJK said...

Love that old barn JoAnn! Beautiful photos!

Jill said...

I really enjoy seeing the old barn!

Beth said...

wow, i have seen several farming tools that are similar but not exactly like these. great views. hopped over thanks to the rural thursday hop. fun. (:

CrankyPuppy said...

I'm just glad I don't have to peel all those onions by hand. :-)