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The Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument located in Eastern Oregon provides a record of the geology of the Oligocene era some 33 million years ago. Each layer of color in the impacted volcanic ash layers that compose the Painted Hills is a record of temperature, humidity, acidity and organic material of its time. And each layer of soil took 10,000 to 200,000 years to develop. Red bands in the hills record soils that were formed in wetter periods. Yellow bands were formed under drier conditions. Black dots and streaks are manganese nodules that may have resulted from mineral-rich plants. The patterns, contours and pigments of the hills are truly amazing. If you're lucky enough to go after a rain has soaked the ground, the color in the hills truly pop. Closeups with 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm lenses work really well for abstract compositions.

Painted Hills Abstract

The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body.
Closeups with a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm work well here.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 135mm / f/18 / 1/100 sec

Crazy Quilt

The Painted Hills landscape of eastern Oregon is a crazy quilt of textures, shapes and colors.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 80mm / f/18 / 1/25 sec

Painted Hills Landscape

  • May 15th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 65mm / f/22 / 1/30 sec

Painted Hills Landscape

  • May 15th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 35mm / f/22 / 1/30 sec

Painted Hills Landscape

The unique qualities of the Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon make it a special place for photography. The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 27mm / f/22 / 1/50 sec

Painted Hills Landscape

The unique qualities of the Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon make it a special place for photography. The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 27mm / f/22 / 1/40 sec

Painted Hills Abstract 4

The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body. Closeups with a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm work well here.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 150mm / f/18 / 1/80 sec

Painted Hills Abstract 3

The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body. Closeups with a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm work well here.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 150mm / f/18 / 1/80 sec

Painted Hills Abstract 2

The Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon has an organic, sensuous quality to it, much like the human body. Closeups with a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm work well here.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 285mm / f/18 / 1/100 sec

Gathering Storm Over The Painted Hills

An approaching storm over the Painted Hills, part of the John Day National Monument, in eastern Oregon, USA.

  • May 14th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 35mm / f/18 / 1/80 sec

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