Wind farms are being constructed in one of the most beautiful and agriculturally productive regions in the Pacific Northwest. The Palouse area is known for its gentle and graceful rolling hills, reminding many visitors from Europe of Tuscany. It is also one of the highest producing wheat and lentil regions in the world. Photography workshops in this area draw many during the spring and summer. It is quickly becoming known for its outstanding scenery and the vast photographic opportunities.
Currently the wind farms are confined to the northern area, just west of Oaksdale, WA. But one wonders, will they continue to spread. These towers do mar the sensual curves of the hills, as well as remove some productive land for crops. Of the 58 wind generators some are located on unproductive land, but many are not. I was told by a local farmer that 10 acres are required for each generator. The wind farm requires new larger and straighter roads, transmissions lines, and staging areas. There has been much controversy among the local land owners, but I have not yet seen the reaction from the photography community. This will have an impact, as these photography tours do bring in many dollars to the local communities.
Link to my Landscape work: www.ronheusserphotography.com Go to Galleries – Eastern Washington for Palouse photos.
My ebook, The Land of the Palouse, featuring the beauty of of this area of Eastern Washington just became available.