Vista taken from Palouse Scenic Byway in Eastern Washington. In the distance to the far right, Steptoe Butte rises 3,600 feet above the undulating farm land.
At first glance, many people wonder whether the oddly shaped hills that define the Palouse Farmland are real. The answer is yes and they even have a name---"loesses". Loesses are deposits of rich glacier sediment that can form in a variety of shapes and forms and are readily shaped by water and wind. Known as the "breadbasket" of Washington, this region of farmland remains some of the richest as it is replenished with minerals and biomass carried on the winds from the Rockies and the Cascades.