The below quote is from a book by Mary O'Hara written about the Wyoming landscape. I have always felt it also describes South Central Washington and Oregon. Our golden grasses will turn to taupe and fade to fawn. I must pay attention
"an empty wilderness of low hills, dunes, plains; green in spring and early summer, fading to taupe and fawn as the season wears on. Huge pines standing solitary and twisted by the winds, like sardonic old men who know a thing or two."