I have been thinking of heading out to the Palouse region but only later in the year... around the end of October first week of November. Has anyone been out there at that time? Is it worth it or is it too late in the season for colorful stuff.
You know... like .. would I get caught in a snowstorm or what?
Thanks for any info.
I have spent the end of October shooting in the Palouse for over a decade now. Never had snow, until the middle of November. You could get a couple of windy days.
Are you going to be camping or do you know where you will be staying? The COE campgrounds are closed by that time. There are a couple of private campgrounds still open in Starbuck. Or you can just camp at the COE access areas.
Be aware that in October almost all hunting seasons are open. Deer season is a long-range affair so be sure to wear hunter orange when your shooting. At minimum get an Orange baseball cap, but I would also get a orange vest.
By mid_November it is highly likely that you will get some skiff's of snow. The Palouse and Snake River country are really one unit. The Snake River country is fairly low elevation so you can get out towards Walla Walla fairly easily. By that time of year the day length is fairly short, so you will have plenty of time to process your photo's.
Here are a couple of my blog postings on the area: http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2010/11/little-goose-dam-starbuck-washington.html
Last year, there was a new dog in town: http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2011/11/unleashing-inner-dog.html
and more info on the Invasive Species Project: http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2011/11/snake-river-invasive-avian-species.html
As you have probably noticed almost all my shooting was with a 20 gauge side by side. But the light is pretty good this time of year. The big disadvantage is that it is either clear or cloudy. So there are not many days with nice clouds effects.
Hope that gives you some more info. Feel free to contact me through the blog if you need more information.