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By Terry Lawhead
the Times 

Whistling through the 'Wallouse'

Rock talk with an utterly amateur petrologist


August 27, 2020

Terry Lawhead

Basalt giving the hillside texture at Grand Coulee in eastern Washington.

There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of the wheat harvest. Each is a function of who you are-maybe a member of a farming family, perhaps a local person who respects what goes into the hard work of growing wheat, maybe an artist attempting to capture the beautiful landscape. Or maybe just a visitor stunned by the incredible views of fields and hills of our region at different times of the day. Maybe a bit of all those things.

Although it may never quite get the kind of admiration the fertile soil and rolling hills of wheat get, I also like the basalt underneath it all.

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