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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Oregon's Painted Hills

My wife and 12 year old daughter accompanied me out to Central Oregon on assignment, and we used the opportunity to visit Painted Hills – part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Unusually mild winter weather made the visit extra pleasant, and we had the entire place to ourselves. We didn't see a soul.

From Wikipedia: Painted Hills is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. The black soil is lignite that was vegetative matter that grew along the floodplain. The grey coloring is mudstonesiltstone, and shale.[3] The red coloring is laterite soil that formed by floodplain deposits when the area was warm and humid.[4]An abundance of fossil remains of early horses, camels, and rhinoceroses in the Painted Hills unit makes the area particularly important to vertebrate paleontologists.[5]

Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Painted Hills, Oregon

On the way home this old bunk house caught my eye. I don't normally photograph abandoned structures – but this lonely building sitting in a patch of sun was irresistible. It appears to be in the early stages of a slow motion collapse and resembles a warped illustration of a building...


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Portland, Oregon, United States
Husband, Father, Student Of Natural History, Photographer