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Wheat harvest in northeastern Oregon happens from mid-July to mid-August, a bit later in southeastern Washington, and into September in Canada’s prairie provinces (except when snow arrives early). I’ve chased combines in all those places, and well-remember the feeling of their wide-open agricultural landscapes. These are not the famous, flat Kansas fields we often hear about when wheat is mentioned, broken only by clouds or combines, but subtly rolling plots that move around hills and natural breaks like golden lava flows. After a day’s cutting is done the air is filled with dust kicked up by wind and machines, and combined with evening’s humidity a natural diffusion filter is created to mute color and detail, but certainly not the pleasure of being there.

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