Photographer's Note

The second day we spent with Pat & Larry we went to the Painted Hills, one of the units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. I had seen images of the Painted Hills on TE and it was somewhere I wanted to go. As Pat & Larry had been before they knew that for the best images, just before sunset was the best time, as at sunrise the most colourful hills would be in shade. We arrived in the early afternoon and had time for plenty of exploration before waiting for the best light.

I have put a pano in the WS. That is of the biggest section in these colours and is a stitch of 7 vertical images. The main shot is of hills just about ¼ mile away from those in the WS. We rushed round there just in time to catch the sun before it went behind the hills to the back and slightly right of us. There were some people who had been on one of the trails running down the road anxious not to miss this shot.

The hills are made of layers of many different types of claystones, formed from ash blown from the volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain range, millions of years ago. There are many different minerals which accounts for the colours. Because the clay absorbs water and swells, retaining the water, plants are not able to draw water from it and do not flourish here. The hills are fenced off and it is forbidden to walk on them, although trails can be detected from deer and pronghorn.

ISO100 FL24mm

Quite a few people are wondering why I didn't post the pano as a main post. It's because Pat already posted this one which is almost identical. :D

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