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Lone Tree in the Palouse

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 8 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Palouse is an area of eastern Washington that I have wanted to visit and photograph for a long time. One would think the farming, plowing and harvesting was done just for us photographers! The graphic lines, colors, and contrasts are a sight to behold. Add in some outrageous clouds and you have the making for some serious landscapes! I captured a variety of subjects: landscapes, barns, abstracts, old cars and even a flower or 2, and used a variety of processing techniques, including textures and the 'Orton' technique.

This image is a favorite of mine - the lone tree set in the rolling hills. This reveals the landscape just after the sun, with resulting rim lighting and warmth, begins to affect the landscape. My next post will be the same scene, but just before the sun peeks into this valley. The light itself is a bit flatter, but the 'cooler' color variety is gorgeous - with different hues of green and an almost lavender tone in places.

I hope you enjoy the variety of images to come.

Phase 2 of our move begins next week! :-O

AND, thank you everyone for the feedback and comments! I'm very appreciative!

NIKON D300 1/15 second F/8.0 ISO 200 405 mm (35mm equiv.)

WELCOME and thanks for visiting!

For anyone interested, my recent work is now on my WEBSITE: http://www.barbarakilephoto.com/

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

What a stunning image - this has to be a contender for Spotlight Barbara. Your fans will be queueing round the block to post comments. Super x 7 !!

8 Jul 2010 6:20am

@Nigel: Thanks, Nigel for the nice comment!

Siepi from Perk, Belgium

Superbe photo! The sloping land, the different greens, the tree: well captured.

8 Jul 2010 8:42am

Ken from Manchester, United Kingdom

Fantastic image Barbara. Great colours, textures and play of the light.

8 Jul 2010 9:07am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Beautiful view, beautiful country. The lines and all the different hues of green are amazing. Not speaking about the composition ;)

8 Jul 2010 10:32am

k@ from Paris, France

Are those natural colors ?? Stunning image with that cutie one !

8 Jul 2010 10:57am

@k@: The landscape is like manicured golf greens and fairways. However, this is the 'orton' technique which creates a soft contrasty image and it will appear brighter. Thanks for visiting!

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Gorgeous! I would so love to visit there some day.

8 Jul 2010 11:44am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia


8 Jul 2010 1:44pm

John Barclay from Chalfont, United States

Looks like we all loved shooting this scene. Very pastoral. I really like your slightly different composition with the tree in the top right.

8 Jul 2010 2:39pm

@John Barclay: Thanks, guru!

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

wow, marvelous scene n capture. well done

8 Jul 2010 2:48pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

wonderful,so beautiful landscape :)

8 Jul 2010 3:21pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Fabulous landscape.

8 Jul 2010 5:24pm

Gilles from Bussy St Georges, France

This lonely tree looks like a boat lost in a green ocean : amazing landscape

8 Jul 2010 5:43pm

Jose Luis Bernal from Jerez Fra, Spain

Excelente foto. Felicidades

8 Jul 2010 7:04pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wow !!!!! it's gorgeous !!!!
five stars !!
kisses !

8 Jul 2010 7:25pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is one of my favourite images today Barbara, the clear tonal contrasts are a massive highlight in this frame.

8 Jul 2010 7:42pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly!

Becky from los angeles, United States

How neat. I love these colors and composition. Excellent.

8 Jul 2010 8:51pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

This has a very painterly quality. Lots of workshops seem to be heading to the Palouse these days. (I used to live in Coeur d'Alene, not far from there.)

8 Jul 2010 10:00pm

@john4jack: I've been to Coeur d'Alene, Jack and it is beautiful! Thanks.

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

what a great place for a shot !!! it's beautiful.....

9 Jul 2010 12:14am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Breathtakingly beautiful! 5 stars!

9 Jul 2010 2:16am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A lonely tree in a sea of greens....The waves have a superb mimetic quality...without the trees I'd have the feel of the real ocean!

9 Jul 2010 4:32am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A fantastic series of repeating hills and valleys and the colors are spectacular also! A great scene - I like the lone tree also to add an additional pop!

9 Jul 2010 5:40am

Florence from Paris, France

It's the most beautifûl picture I've ever seen for long Barbara. Looks like a fabric somehow, some pieces of velvet, or sheets. That's incredible. Orton Effect adding a lot. Well done. 5 ***** for me.

9 Jul 2010 7:04am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

This is super Barbara, you use some of the best techniques for your photos and they look so vibrant and the concept is right on. I will have to study your others as you have a knockout portfolio !

9 Jul 2010 10:49am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thank you very much, Phil.

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

It looks almost like a painting. Beautifully done! I love the colours and textures

9 Jul 2010 12:15pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

What a wonderful composition. Love the undulations of the ground and the palette of greens. A fantastic shot, love it !!!!

9 Jul 2010 12:44pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

the symphony of greens is as exquisite as the composition barbara! Superbly done!

9 Jul 2010 2:33pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Barbara, this is just absolutely gorgeous! The light, lines, textures, and tones give this image such depth. Now I want to go there and see this for myself!

9 Jul 2010 3:32pm


so Beautiful . 5 * from me

9 Jul 2010 4:02pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Gorgeous colors and light and composition. I've been looking forward to these photos.

9 Jul 2010 6:30pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

CONGRATULATIONS on the Spotlight! Well deserved! :)

9 Jul 2010 11:16pm

Barbara from Oakland, United States

OMG! This is wonderful!!! I, too, have been wanting to photograph the Palouse. You have nailed it here! Wowzers! I am in love!

10 Jul 2010 12:16am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barbara - you need to visit there too. You would love it!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

CONGRATUALTIONS for the Spotlight!!!! Most well deserved! I'm happy for you! (Gabriela)

10 Jul 2010 3:36am

@Japanalia: You're a dear - thank you Gabriela!

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Congratulations with your spotlight nomination. This is realy a fantastic landscape. I love the lines and the fresh green. Brilliant!!

10 Jul 2010 5:24am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Really beautifull.

10 Jul 2010 5:55am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

congrats on the spotlight!! well deserved barabara!!

10 Jul 2010 6:33am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

You see............I told you didn't I ? C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S.

10 Jul 2010 6:54am

@Nigel: You did! And thank you for your vote of confidence!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow ! This is exceptional... I'm not amazed that your photo has been chosen for the spotlight ! So beautiful !!!
Congratulations Barbara :)

10 Jul 2010 8:29am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

That's a cool place, excellent color waves... Very well framed, congatulations!

10 Jul 2010 9:07am

pascale from hoeilaart, Belgium

this is an amazing picture
no wonder that's in the spotlight!

10 Jul 2010 9:07am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

stupendously beautiful

10 Jul 2010 10:09am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Hello , this picture is absolutly fantastic ! It's a dream ! Phil.

10 Jul 2010 10:33am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

This succession of hills and color is exceptional. Wonderful shot, congratulations on the spotlight. Beautiful day.

10 Jul 2010 12:35pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very colorful.

10 Jul 2010 2:02pm

Véro from Savoie, France

superbe palette de verts !!!

10 Jul 2010 3:20pm

Zion from Bucharest, Romania


11 Jul 2010 5:35am

barbod from rasht, Iran

very very nicccccce

11 Jul 2010 6:42am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une image vraiment très belle !!
les couleurs sont superbes!! :)
merci de ton passage.

11 Jul 2010 10:28am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Fantastic image Barbara

11 Jul 2010 12:40pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden


11 Jul 2010 2:46pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Stunning shot of this beautiful landscape!

11 Jul 2010 4:05pm

Michelle from Elverson, United States

What an unbelievable shot, I love it.

11 Jul 2010 7:54pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

Formidable unique perspective , both the colors and the lonely tree , very pretty

11 Jul 2010 8:32pm

Kylie from Hunters Hill, Australia

Stunning image and colour, congrats on the spotlight!

12 Jul 2010 9:28am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

absolutely stunning! congrats on the spotlight, well deserved!!

12 Jul 2010 12:49pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Wow, velvet. very very beautiful, nice photo

12 Jul 2010 1:48pm

Stefan from Oberaach, Switzerland

Wonderfull colors and the tree is just in the right position of the picture. Compliment.

13 Jul 2010 10:22am

Ken from United States

TERRIFIC! One of the best I have seen today...

13 Jul 2010 2:54pm

@Ken: Good to hear from you, Ken. Thank you very much!

omiD from Tehran, Iran

nice shot

14 Jul 2010 1:30pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Brillaint image / landscape . These tones are perfection . Congrats on Spotlight page too .

15 Jul 2010 10:56pm

@MARIANA: Thank you, Mariana!

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

VEry PRO!!! 5 stars for this landscape...

16 Jul 2010 2:41am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Simply stunning.

16 Jul 2010 9:16am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Barbara, I can tell you that I was on here when you posted this and although I did not leave any comments that day, I knew this was going to hit the spotlight. I actually got chills when I saw this photo. This has to be one of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. : )

16 Jul 2010 2:37pm

@Dawn: Wow, Dawn, that's a pretty heavy compliment! Thank you so much, and as always, I appreciate your visit.

Marie from FRESNES, France

woow, magnifique !

19 Jul 2010 4:29pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is beautiful! I love the greens and the light!

20 Jul 2010 12:50am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you to everyone for stopping by to comment - the friends on Am3 are terrific!

23 Jul 2010 4:56pm

sara from paris, France

My first visit to your blog thanks to the deserved spotlight. Congratulations/

29 Jul 2010 6:10am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Wonderful green tones ! Amazing composition with soft light !
Kind regards

8 Aug 2010 7:19pm

Richard from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot!~

9 Aug 2010 10:51am

Bishop from Houston, United States

This is just wonderful... I feel as if I am being carried away on waves of green! :)

10 Aug 2010 7:57pm

patrick from Achères, France

A splendid landscape.i love this green.

8 Sep 2010 12:51pm

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

spectacular scenery.....lovely shades of green, rolling hills & the simplicity of a single tree in this amazing composition......Big Congratz on the spotlight

22 Sep 2010 7:21pm

S H E R I from Tehran, Iran

spectacular view ...... colors are fantastic .....

18 Oct 2010 9:35am

JCJ from Troyes, France

great green, the kind of place i love

20 Nov 2010 5:59pm

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I love the color! Very good landscape shot!

27 Dec 2010 3:28pm

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Wonderful landscape image!

29 Dec 2010 12:42pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I spend a veri pleasant time on your photo blog, and this two photos really enjoyed my mind , Simply wonderful ! Phil

28 Jan 2012 12:08am

Moein from Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran

Wow ! Excellent !

28 Jan 2012 12:15am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


3 Jul 2012 2:42am

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ISO 200
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