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By Katherine Johnson

Palouse Wheat Field Landscape – Near Colfax, WA – Whitman County

Variation Two, Palouse Wheat Field Landscape, finds me back in the heart of wheat country, on a spectacular day, defined by the yellow-orange wheat fields, a dense blue sky, and those particular clouds found only in the Palouse.

In early August the wheat is aggressively being harvested by the multi billion dollar investment it takes to reap, collect and transport the wheat to the world. At this time of year the Palouse region runs on a 24 by 7 basis with the Harvest Combines, with their 40 foot cutters, running through the night using high intensity head lights. In a very real sense this race overwhelms that found in France during the 24 hours of Le Mans. This is not an exaggeration.

In this image, the goal was to drop far below the horizon and shoot up towards the sky. The clouds in this case, instead of dominating the sky, are mere islands in a sea of blue while at the same time they drive and connect to the land near the left side of the image.

Of course the unharvested wheat is the subtle star in this photo.

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