An abundance of water is a harbinger of spring at Palouse Falls in Washington State.
Hidden away in the southeast corner of the state, Palouse Falls is a geological wonder, a place of awe and beauty with a 200-foot waterfall plummeting over the cliffs to the pools below.
Palouse Falls is not a place one reaches easily or without intent. The roads to the turnoff are winding and obscure, and once one reaches the turning to the falls, there are two miles of bumpy roads. All the time, the traveler is wondering, “Is there actually a river out here? How could there possibly be enough water to create a 200-foot waterfall?”
But then, suddenly, the traveler is there, and getting out of the car, he or she can hear the sound of the falls. The first view stops one in one’s tracks, and it is enough to simply look, to listen, to behold.
The beauty of Palouse Falls is that it has not been developed to the point that it is unrecognizable. When you stand in the grassy park overlooking the falls and close off, from your peripheral view, the green lawn and its environs, it’s easy to imagine what the Indians of this area, long long ago, saw and marveled over.
The cliff surrounding the falls are of a gentle red and iron color, reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest, but unique in their own way. Hints of green from bushes and trees dot the rocky landscape, and the water from the river reflects the color of the sky.
Palouse Falls, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into this one of a kind landscape and be at peace with the earth. Palouse Falls is also a reminder that many things in life are hidden, and just because we can’t possibly see how a 200-foot waterfall could be remotely nearby, does not mean that it isn’t.
June 7th, 2017
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