Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Hill of a Different Color. Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
See what I mean? All of the sudden you drive around a bend and there it is. The Hill of a Different Color.
The only one in the immediate scenery with such dramatic, vivid color. Looks like a show-off.
The Painted Hills show signs of heavy erosion in their volcanic ash layers. This erosion has revealed the tones and hues of the claystones. Colors and intensity change with available light and moisture. Once you see these colors for yourself, you'll want to return at a different time of year.
The photos I took of the Painted Hills were taken in September.