STUNNING PHOTO ESSAY OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE STATE OF WASHINGTON. Thank 'The Atlantic' for this exceptional array of photos by photographer Alan Taylor. Mr. Taylor put these 34 brilliant shots together as a tribute to his recently deceased parents, farmers who had always called Washington home. The striking diversity of environments – in just a single State – is remarkable, thanks in large part to the immense climatic impact of mountain ranges, like the Cascades.
In the severe economic 'Panic of '96' (1896) my grandfather left Iowa with a large contingent of our Dutch clan and homesteaded east of the Cascades in the Yakima Valley. There, he and his relations cleared the sagebrush, became apple farmers, and ran profitable enterprises for the rest of their days.
Both my father and I were both born in Washington State. Akin to what is often seen in Maine, I can confirm the observation that working the land creates a geographic-family connection which endures for generations. JIm
After a difficult month, a time when I lost both my mother and father, I’ve collected images of the place they loved and called home, as a tribute to them both.