Steptoe Butte’s Shadow

A butte looks like a small mountain. It’s defined as an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller than mesas, plateaus, and table landforms.

Steptoe Butte is a popular tourist attraction in the Palouse, Washington region.

See it on a Google Map

The butte has a winding road up around its side. While driving up you find small places to park, people walking, hiking and cyclists riding up and down.

You will also find photographers.

What you see in the photo here is Steptoe Butte’s shadow overlooking the Palouse region of Washington State.

This was made during sunset, and the sun was low enough to cast this awesome shadow of the butte.

We (the NxNW crew) were fortunate enough to go back to the top of Steptoe Butte multiple times, so I had the pleasure of photographing sunset from multiple sides. The Whitman County Growers photo is an example of that.

Steptoe Butte is an amazing place and I’d go back again, and again.

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