Jay Smith
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The Palouse
The Palouse is a 3,000 square mile region of farmland, primarily wheat and legumes, in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. It is a photographer's dream: wide stretches of rolling hills with patches of green, brown, gold and yellow, depending on the season. Spring brings fields of green and yellow, summer and fall bring fields of gold and light brown, all adjacent to fertile dark soil. Fields are defined by long curved intersections of color on undulating hills suggesting pieces of a giant puzzle. The Palouse is particularly a joy for photographers interested in capturing simple compositions of shapes, lines and forms in light and shadow.