Photography Tour Overview: Harvest time in America’s photogenic breadbasket. If you didn't know where the Palouse was until a few moments ago you’re not alone!
The name is of Gallic origin due to the French fur trappers who were among the
first to settle the region that borders eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The terrain itself is deep rolling soil . . . ideal growing conditions, and why a majority of the USA's grain is grown here. Old barns sit atop the landscape in hidden nooks and crannies, while flowing lines and flying chaff complement the harvesting shots. We’ll be out at dawn and dusk as always.
itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour
Day 1 |
Spokane to the Palouse
Our group will meet in the lobby of our gateway
hotel near the Spokane airport at 11:30 am, and following lunch and a digital image
orientation, we'll make our way south and pause for harvesting shots as they
present themselves. After a short break to recoup from
your journeys at our hotel, we'll take dinner and head to our 'volcanic
as the late light caresses the rolling terrain below us.
The Palouse, 4 nights
Days 2, 3 + 4 | The Palouse
Maybe the magazine icon National Geographic said it best in its June 1982 edition, when titling its' Palouse feature thus: "A Paradise Called The Palouse". Derived from the French word 'Pelouse', meaning lawn and green, it is most certainly a veritable carpet of rolling hills. Pleasing to the eye yes, but even more so to the photographic eye.
From our base in the heart of the Palouse Country we will take loop trips down rarely traveled back roads shooting old barns, combines tossing chaff about, patterns in the fields, farm machinery, rustic knick-knacks, grain bin symmetry, and chatting with farmers. The early and late light is particularly pleasing here, especially from Steptoe Butte.
Day 5 | The Palouse and Riverfront Park, Spokane
More rolling hills, patterns, and barns of the Palouse as we make our way northwards via Garfield, Oakesdale, and the Hopkins Ridge wind turbines . . . hopefully there will be harvesting going on underneath them as has happened in the past. On to our Spokane accommodations for check-in then dinner overlooking the Upper Falls on the Spokane River. We'll shoot the falls in the evening light, and also do a 'photo stroll-about' in adjacent Riverfront Park to photograph flowers, the fountain and clock tower; plus the giant 'radio flyer' truck.
The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
Spokane airport, 1 night
Day 6 | Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.
Solar Eclipse: Our
Idaho photo tour follows the Palouse photo trip, and includes a total
solar eclipse. Free transport to the gateway city of Boise, Idaho is
available for those taking both photo tours.
Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours
Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .
- Photography instruction throughout the trip by John
- All accommodations with private facilities [ensuite]
- All breakfasts
- Lunch on day one of the trip
- Dinner on the last night of the trip
- On-vehicle snacks and bottled water
- All ground transportation
- Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included
- Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’
- Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip
Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .
- Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return
- Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation
- Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary
- Baggage fees
- Medical expenses
- Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera
- Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone
- Travel insurance
- Passport or visa expenses
- Airport departure taxes, if applicable