Painted Hills. John Day Fossil Beds State Park Oregon

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petrelpiotr on May 20, 2009

Beautiful picture. Colours from Mars. Best regards, Peter.

VIKTOR HERMAN on May 20, 2009

Very nice photo, amazing colours, Thanks and greetings from South Bohemia, Viktor

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 20, 2009

petrelpiotr, Viktor Herman,

Hello and thank for the compliment!

This place is so Special..

The Road coming into this place is close to the green pasture at the foot of the mountains on the left side of the image in the background.

Because the Hills are a granulated clay they reflect light in a very strange way and the color of the hills are this dark black charcol. as you come up around the hill the colors begin to come out.

Now at different times of the year you can come up here and you see colors right away.

Its a very beautiful place..


Jewels on May 22, 2009

WOW, Michael...such beautiful layers of warm, rich colors. How very wonderful to have the opportunity to see this stunning scenery up close. A most impressive image. Thanks so much for sharing this special place with us.

Kind regards, Julie

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 22, 2009


Thank you for the Kind compliment!


Ntinos Lagos on May 27, 2009

Woow Michael, fantastic colors!!!

Greetings, Ntinos

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 27, 2009

Ntinos Lagos,

Thank you my friend! I am glad you like it. It's one of my better shots of the hills in my collection..


Rita Eberle-Wessner on June 4, 2009

Incredible - Stones in such colours! Wonderful - Voted!

Nick Weall on June 5, 2009

I'm looking through the entries for this months Unusual Places contest Michael and your shot has caught my eye today. It is a lovely composition of an interesting subject with incredible colour ~ here is my vote and I wish you good luck. ~ ciao nick

© Michael Hatten htt… on June 5, 2009

Rita Eberle-Wessner,

Hello and thanks for the vote.

These Hills are made up of granuals of clay. They are ancient deposits of Ash from the Straberry Mountain Volcano 50(ish) miles to the east when it erupted 1000's of years ago. This area does not get alot of rain so the erosion proccess has been slower here. In the past this area used to be home to Rhinos, Sabertooth tiger and paleontologists have found a clmplete evolutionary record of the Horse here.

it's an interesting place..


© Michael Hatten htt… on June 5, 2009

Nick Weall,

Thanks a lot for the vote. I'm glad it caught your eye. The color here changes dramatically with the weather. and the clay that makes up the hills refelects light by scattering it. It's Truly an interesting place.

Thanks again..


Frank Hebestreit on June 6, 2009

Fantastic colors and contrast. Voted. Greeting Frank

© Michael Hatten htt… on June 7, 2009

Frank Hebestreit,

Hello and Thanks for the compliment and the vote!

Nikolić Zoran on June 8, 2009

Very nice photo, I voted.

Best wishes, Zoran.

© Michael Hatten htt… on June 8, 2009


Thanks for the compliment and the vote..


g. ganotopoulos on June 15, 2009

Very nice photo, amazing colours.A most impressive pic. Greetings, gary

aerys on June 16, 2009

Maravillosa foto Michael.Un lugar sorprendente en color y en belleza. Te felicito. VOTADA. Saludos y... suerte desde España.

© Michael Hatten htt… on June 27, 2009

g. ganotopoulos,aerys,

Thanks for the compliments and the Vote too..:-)


Conquilha on June 30, 2009

Amazing landscape...well done...Voted for May...From Porto, Portugal Conquilha.

© Michael Hatten htt… on July 1, 2009


Hello and thanks for the Vote and the compliments..

This place is very beautiful...


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