One of the big reasons to travel to Eastern Washington in June is the sun. June tends to be cloudy and gloomy west of the mountains but east the sun is usually out this time of year. Add in the fact this spring was historically cool and damp and there is a great motivation to head into the scab lands for some trains in June.
On Friday of the trip we experienced some of the best sun all year. As we sat at Beatrice and let the trains come to us the sun, clouds, and sky conspired to form an almost a painted scene. Thanks to the cool, wet spring the wheat was still green and lush making what looks like a green carpet. A great location to photograph one of the many manifests headed to Pasco for classification.
Eastern Washington is also a wonderful place for sunsets. With no trees blocking the horizon it is easy to enjoy the very last moments the sun appears above the earth. Add in a few of the leftover clouds from the day and it can be a wonderful scene. We sat at Keystone from the late afternoon and into the evening enjoying wonderful train traffic and a great sunset!