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WASHINGTON: Palouse Landscape Photography

Jennifer Leigh Warner Palouse (18)

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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SCHEDULED TOURS

2024 :: September 6 - September 8

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TOUR COST

From: $1,975 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Spokane, WA (GEG)

GROUP SIZE

3-5 Participants

AVAILABILITY

2024: 5 SPACES Available

PRIVATE TOUR OPTION

This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of WASHINGTON: Palouse Landscape Photography

  • Hands-on photo instruction for wildlife photography with Nikon Professional Jennifer Leigh Warner
  • Photograph Washington States rolling wheat fields.
  • Photograph birds, waterfalls and blooms that are found throughout the range.
  • Photograph100 year old barns and farming equipment.

Description of WASHINGTON: Palouse Landscape Photography

The Palouse Valley is a bucket list location for landscape photographers due to its natural beauty. The fertile land easily grows wheat in glorious shades of green and gold, with a sprinkling of the yellows of canola added in for spectacular panoramic views. It has been dubbed the American Tuscany, with wheat and rapeseed replacing vineyards.

County roads with 100 year old barns, rustic farm equipment and rolling hills are a dream for any landscape photographer. The Palouse features 215 of Washington’s annually recorded bird species and Steptoe Butte State Park Heritage Site is a 150-acre, 3,612-foot-tall National Natural Landmark. The thimble-shaped, quartzite butte looms high over the surrounding flat lands. The park offers panoramic views of nearby farmlands, the Blue Mountains, and other neighboring ranges and peaks.

Length of Tour

3-days/2-Nights

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Spokane, WA.

Day 2 – Photograph landscapes of the rolling hills, barns and waterfalls

Day 3 – Morning photographing landscapes before heading back to Spokane.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Spokane check into hotel.

Explore Riverfront Park, a site for the 1974 World’s Fair Riverfront Park is the jewel of downtown Spokane. The Spokane River winds through and cascades over basalt rock and two dams to create the largest urban waterfall in the country.

We will meet this evening for dinner and a meet and greet. Here we will also discuss the coming weekend, photography strategies, logistics, and expectations.

Day 2 – We will leave bright and early for to catch the early morning light on the wheat fields of the Palouse. We will photograph along the country roadsides looking for the best light on the hills.

We will travel through the heartland of the Inland Pacific Northwest, the rolling hills of the Palouse that was transformed between 1860 and 1920 from undulating prairie into one of the nation’s premier dryland farming and ranching districts. The Palouse is a landscape photographer’s dream with the rolling hills of greens and gold colored wheat fields. As we make our way north we will pass by old barns as we make our way up to Steptoe Butte. High above the Palouse Hills on the eastern edge of Washington, Steptoe Butte offers views of a unique landscape.

We will stop for lunch in Pullman, Washington before heading to Palouse Falls for the evening. Carved more than 13,000 years ago, Palouse Falls is among the last active waterfalls on the Ice Age Floods path. This natural wonder was named Washington’s state waterfall in 2014.

Day 3 – We will spend the last morning photographing old barns and bridges before heading back to Spokane for afternoon flights home.

Cost

Cost is $1,975 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Spokane, WA (Airport code GEG.
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code same as arrival city).

The cost of the tour does not include meals, transportation to Spokane, tips, laundry, and other items of a personal nature.

 

Single Supplement

If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $180 will be assessed.

NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.

 

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

 

Deposit Requirements

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

This trip includes standard hotels.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

We will photograph from roadsides. Very little walking will be involved.

The best camera is the one you have with you! That said, we will help you get great photos no matter what camera you use.

This photo tour is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:

  • Bring at least 2 camera bodies (if possible) – to reduce changing lenses and just in case of accidental damage to one

Recommended Lenses Wildlife

  • Telephoto lens – 400 mm or larger for wildlife (I use the Nikon 200-500 mm)

Recommended Lenses for Landscapes

  • An ultra-wide lens equivalent to about 16-35mm which may be used for landscapes.
  • Macro Lens for close-ups of flowers

Other Accessories

  • Tripod
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Lots of memory cards!
  • Laptop or other downloading device

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to help cover your investment, for covered reasons. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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