The Palouse is a region of the northwestern United States, encompassing portions of southeastern Washington, north-central Idaho and, defined by some, extending south into northeast Oregon. It’s a major agricultural area, predominantly producing wheat and legumes. Located about 160 miles north of the Oregon Trail, the region experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century, and at one time, the population of the Palouse exceeded even that of the Puget Sound area as the most populous region of the state. This region hosts two land grant universities, the University of Idaho in Moscow and Washington State University in Pullman.

Image Caption: This was taken April 2007 at 5:19 pm from Steptoe Butte of the Palouse Hills in Washington. At this time I was taking just jpg pictures, no RAW. I regret that. Now I’m taking RAW exclusively because so much more detail and light can be pulled out of that format. But I still like it–this is such a unique rumpled area! The look of this area is due to many layers of silt left by multiple Missoula floods which were were topped by loess (dirt blown on top) and make for great rolling hills of farmlands. Credit: Lynn Suckow / Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)