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Photographing Frenchman Coulee

Frenchman Coulee is an area of impressive geology, dramatic history and it showcases the evidence of post-glacial floods. Trevor Anderson visited the area and shares his experience

As I drive west on interstate 90 I see the clouds beginning to clear and shafts of light dotting the surrounding landscape. After spending most of the day under heavy cloud cover, I became increasingly more optimistic at the prospects of a nice sunset. I hiked to an area I had scouted the night before and watched the warm light fill the basin and illuminate the cliff sides. I was standing where following the last ice age earthly chaos had ensued. The cliff sides and the basin below bear the marks of a great flood and illustrate how dynamic our planet can be. And yet, there I stood experiencing the sense of presence photography elicits, but also in reflection and reverence of the tumultuous past that the Frenchman Coulee represents.

The Frenchman Coulee is a section outside of Vantage, Washington. It dramatically showcases the evidence of post-glacial floods that occurred around 12,000 years ago. Following the retreat of the massive glaciers that covered most of North America, huge …

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Trevor Anderson

I am Trevor Anderson and I am a Pacific Northwest based Photographer. With the immense natural beauty and recreational opportunities available in my region, I was drawn to exploring the moods of nature while hiking at a relatively young age.

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