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  • Danica Thurber

Pretty #Palouse

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

Have you heard of Washington's Palouse region?

If you haven't, or if you have, you might find you just can't get enough of this beautiful place. 


My husband and I moved from Pullman, WA to Boise this past October. I visited friends and family back in Pullman this month. I knew I missed it, but now I know just how much I missed this place! I spent 10 years in  Pullman, going to school and working. Plus, the sunsets there are the BEST!


Today, I wanted to share the story of this piece of art with you, called "Starry Palouse Falls":


It was a night where there was no moon. My now husband, a photographer, had taken me on an adventure to capture the arm of the Milky Way rising over Palouse Falls in Washington State. He showed me the special settings for the camera and I watched as he did his magic. The resulting photograph not only captured the beautiful scene, it also captured this memory we shared. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is a particular favorite of ours, so I let his photograph inspire a Van Gogh version of the scene. Of course, he’s now the proud owner of the original.



We were there at the Falls camping with friends, and it was a great trip. Tony stole me away for a sunset walk that same night. It was there that he first pronounced those weighty words, “I love you.”

But I am a girl who’s slow to risk, trust, and love. With a beating heart, I told him I wasn’t ready to say it back yet. I could tell it was hard for him, but he respected where I was at.


Months later, we were meeting with a mentor couple of ours, working through the idea if we should get married or not. I decided that painting Tony’s photograph of that night would help me work through my own feelings and thoughts. So I got to work.

By the time I finished, I knew my answer.


I remember I had him over to my house for a date night. I set the painting up in the kitchen and told him to close his eyes. “Open,” I said, and immediately he recognized the scene.

It was there, in front of the painting, that I told him “I love you” back.


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