The name Palouse was converted by French-Canadian fur traders from \"pelouse\", meaning \"land with short and thick grass\". This image was taken at sunset from the top of Steptoe Butte, near Colfax, Washington. A 'steptoe' is a hill or mountain that projects like an island above a surrounding land mass. From atop Steptoe Butte, you get a wonderful view in all directions of the sensuous, gently rolling hills. Create your Personal Portfolio Page and let us share it monthly to over 300,000 members and followers.