Monthly Archives: October 2020


Of course we did – of course we made a day trip over to see Palouse Falls. It is the State Waterfall, after all, and is also among the last active waterfalls on the Ice Age floods path.

The park’s website notes that it is a “remote recreational experience.” The park’s website is not wrong.

Palouse Falls State Park, Washington
photographed 9.2.2020


If I were going to sit on a bench by a river, I’d want to maybe SEE the river. I’m sort of weird that way.

Wawawai County Park
Whitman County, Washington
photographed 9.4.2020

Snake River Hills

You know that I am primarily a b+w photographer. But the color of that water, though….

Maybe if you’re looking for something to read, you’d like River-Horse: a Voyage Across America, by William Least Heat-Moon. I read it, with an atlas at hand to follow the journey, when it was published in 1999. The day I made this image, I started to wonder if Heat-Moon had been along this part of the Snake River; it took me a couple of weeks after I got back to get around to finding the book on my crowded and unorganized book shelves, and I learned that he was indeed here. Here’s part of what he said, some of the loveliest words I’ve read in a while:

The shores rose steeply a few hundred feet into basins of basalt broken by fallen ramparts of volcanic crust and long ledges weathered into delicate traceries like petticoat hems or coarsely eaten into lacunas and strange shafts, the canyon virtually devoid of anything human but an empty rail line and impounded water.

– William Least Heat-Moon

along the Snake River, Washington
photographed 9.4.2020

PS: If you liked that quote from River-Horse, let me also recommend his books PrairyErth: A Deep Map and Blue Highways: A Journey Into America. (I read both of those with an atlas at hand, too.)

A fan of the church

I’ve written posts in the past about my interest in seeing the nuts-and-bolts of things, the things that make it work or that hold it together. And I can promise you that I will always take a picture of a floor fan inside a church.

St. Gall Catholic Church
Colton, Washington
photographed 9.4.2020

Door Number Three

I love to be the only person in a church, and if I’m there at the time of day with sunlight slants through stained glass windows, that’s a nice bonus. I was particularly fond of the way the crosses over the doors got progressively lighter.

And, you may want to know that St. Gall is the patron saint of birds and geese and Switzerland.

St. Gall Catholic Church
Colton, Washington
photographed 9.4.2020

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