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Rural bliss... or despairing
desolation? Photographer captures
the beautiful vastness of farmlands
across America´s north-west

Daily Mail, by Kieran Corcoran

Original Article

Posted By:thelmalou, 12/28/2013 4:53:05 PM

These magnificent, undulating hills are reminiscent of a scene from a science fiction programme, but for the one or two traces of human influence. And indeed, the haunting landscapes are not entirely the work of nature, as they have been tweaked and overlaid to emphasise the stark vastness of the almost-uninhabited landscape. These images of the Palouse Grasslands, in rural Washington state, were painstakingly harvested over a period of days, then overlaid on one another to give the sharpest and most stunning quality to the whole area of the image.

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I am a Southerner, and an Easterner. But I am also a farmer´s daughter. So no one who´s ever visited eastern Washington would be surprised to know that I fell in LOVE with it when I first visited the state. (Actually, I love Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and South Dakota pretty much equally.) These photos are manipulated, but trust me - the real thing is just as beautiful.

Even now, nearly ten years later, I can see the stunning fields of alfalfa, the pastures of horses (some lying dead asleep on their sides, which always makes me laugh), the vast openness...utterly beautiful.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/28/2013 4:56:05 PM     (No. 9671134)

(Rest of comment) This is for you ldotters from the great Northwest. :hugs:


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Reply 2 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/28/2013 5:01:36 PM     (No. 9671141)

Yowsa! I found another fantastic photo article on the area from the Daily Mail, this one from June 2013. I don´t know how I missed it then, but it has more of the same stunning beauty.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2344380/Rural-America-color-rainbow-Photographer-captures-brilliantly-vivid-pictures-fields-farms-little-help-Photoshop.html


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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/28/2013 5:05:52 PM     (No. 9671146)

Stark beauty at its finest.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mabeldog, 12/28/2013 5:29:49 PM     (No. 9671163)

"Oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain. For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. America America God shed his grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/28/2013 5:29:56 PM     (No. 9671164)

We have many areas in the West which are beautiful beyond the power of words to describe. I would match trans-Pecos Texas against any other area, including the Pacific Northwest.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Caveman, 12/28/2013 5:30:05 PM     (No. 9671165)

The photo to the left of the woman who took the pictures, is what I see if when I step out my front door and look left.
Well, not today it is snowing, but most of the time!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: paloalto, 12/28/2013 6:29:11 PM     (No. 9671196)

Thank you for posting. Those photos are just stunning! It´s nice to be reminded every now and then of the incredibly beauty of our great country and how blessed we are to live here.

#5 -- you are so right about West Texas. We traveled through that area several years ago. It was a balm for my troubled soul. West Texas, in my opinion, is like heaven on earth.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/28/2013 6:38:04 PM     (No. 9671208)

And to think all of this beauty is in flyover country. No wonder they love America and no wonder why the politicians ignore them.

Thanks for posting!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mossley, 12/28/2013 8:10:01 PM     (No. 9671267)

This story is a perfect example of everything that makes the Daily Mail what it is: stunningly beautiful photos, stories the US media won´t touch and dismal editors. (Check the caption on the first photo; any dummy should be able to tell the difference between a house and a barn.)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/28/2013 10:06:17 PM     (No. 9671312)

Oh, I guess they´re nice enough, but if you´re going to photoshop them anyway how about some hobbits and dragons and stuff?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: billp, 12/28/2013 10:15:11 PM     (No. 9671319)

#10, we ain´t got them here in the U.S. but, may Pecos Bill riding a tornado... or perhaps Paul Bunyan and Babe off in the distance?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Shells, 12/28/2013 10:31:38 PM     (No. 9671325)

These photos are a gift, and a lesson, to this native New Englander.

I´m used to trees, trees, and more trees. Punctuated by mesmerizing bodies of water. That is our beauty.

But these pictures present an entirely different but equally worthy sense of awe. And wonder.

America the beautiful, indeed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/28/2013 10:54:28 PM     (No. 9671341)

The Palouse in the fall is gorgeous.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Penney, 12/29/2013 12:07:23 AM     (No. 9671368)

We LOVE The Great Northwest!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: redink, 12/29/2013 1:29:57 AM     (No. 9671379)

New England has poignant beauty.
The South is sweet and lovely.
The Midwest and the plains are awe-inspiring and the Southwest is lively and colorful (Texas is in its own category of wonderful). And everything west of the Rockies is wildly beautiful all the way to the Big Blue.
But the Palouse is another world altogether.
I love America. I love this land.
I hope it isn´t over. I hope. I hope.



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Reply 16 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/29/2013 2:02:41 AM     (No. 9671384)

To OP, #13, 14 and 15 - amen. I am a Texan but I have no problem agreeing with you about the Palouse area of WA state. There are places that simply stand alone, aren´t there? God´s country - what Heaven must be like- must be seen to be believed. There are places in every state that are UNIQUE because God meant it to be that way, I think.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Linda in Seattle, 12/29/2013 2:45:44 AM     (No. 9671394)

I was fortunate to grow up in Spokane. There´s a sense of unstated strength in vast agricultural areas, whether it´s the Palouse or any number of states in the Midwest, that the big cities like to think they have. It´s like the difference between a farmer or rancher and some slick, big-city attorney.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/29/2013 3:50:36 AM     (No. 9671402)

This state is full of contrasts - the vastness of Eastern Washington Palouse country, a virtual breadbasket to the nation with a scattered ruggedly independent population, and across the Cascade mountain divide, the environmentally inclined city hubs set among evergreen forests, lakes and stunning coastal scenery: one fiftieth part of these amazing United States, let´s keep them this way.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mambo 5, 12/29/2013 4:19:47 AM     (No. 9671404)

photoshop 101: just like everything today these photos were digitally altered. Read the piece these photos are an amalgam of 30 separate photos. Kind of like obama´s image....a real filtering job.Not the real thing just someones impression of what it should look like but doesn´t.

Boy...are we fooled too easily these days!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/29/2013 4:37:52 AM     (No. 9671409)

England, there´s this nifty thing called an automobile that allows people to visit each other.
Evidently you´ve not heard of it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Linda in Seattle, 12/29/2013 1:07:04 PM     (No. 9671803)

#19, I´ve looked at the pictures and I´ve seen the real thing. The pictures don´t do justice to the real deal.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tipover, 12/29/2013 5:37:20 PM     (No. 9672037)

No 19; if you have the time and wherewithal to do so please spend some time in the Palouse country (Western Oregon border North to Spokane). You might like it. Best in Spring, Summer, Fall. Winter you might get snow blown down the back of your collar.

Also best if you have someone to trade off driving duties as the "off freeway" highways have some "blind curves and rises" that mean you shouldn´t "sight see" while driving. Fun driving but dangerous to pass.

Thanks OP for the reminder of what is around us but so often ignored.

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