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John Day Fossil Beds NM, Painted Hill

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Comments (9)

Romain11 on July 29, 2009

Waouh!!!! On dirait un coquillage géant posé sut terre (enfin presque...). En tout cas c'est absolument magnifique.


Jean-Marc Zaninetti on July 30, 2009

Les collines peintes font partie du John Day National Fossil Beds Monument, un ensemble de 3 sites insolites dispersés dans le haut désert de l'Orégon oriental où l'on trouve des formations géologiques volcaniques érodées de l'ère tertiaire ainsi que de magnifiques fossiles de la flore et de la faune du miocène au pliocène. Ces merveilles naturelles ne figurent au catalogue d'aucune agence de voyage en France, comme l'ensemble du Pacifique Nord-Ouest étasunien où nous venons de passer 15 jours formidables. Ceci dit, la visite se mérite, car les collines peines sont vraiment très isolées et l'été est torride, ce qui nous a valu de nous lever très tôt pour profiter d'une température encore clémente sur les sites. Aux argiles blanches et rouges des collines peintes répondent les argiles bleuâtres de la vallée de la John Day river, un site tout aussi spectaculaire

Scheffbuch on August 4, 2009

It looks like something sweet to eat. ;-)

Zabb Csaba on August 4, 2009

Nice shot of the beautiful place. Voted!

Kindest Regards

Jean-Marc Zaninetti on August 5, 2009

Thank-you Csaba and Scheffbuch for your comments. With over 18500000 pictures already uploaded, it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring something new and interesting to Panoramio. Most scenic places have been already documented, sometimes by professional photographers who take awesome pictures. Panoramio is still an useful resource to plan your visits, but one's own contribution is becoming almost useless. I continue mostly only to track my latest travels on Google Earth... I am very pleased that this shot attracted your interest. You know, Eastern Oregon lies outside the beaten paths of tourism. You will find no one travel agent here, in Europe, who will propose you touring Oregon. I became aware of such unusual places only by browsing on Panoramio. When I finally reached the place, it was breathtaking, and the whole region (John Day Fossil Bed national monument) and its palaeontology museum are simply wonderful. That's the reason why I wanted to share a glimpse of this, hoping to attract more visitors to this stunning beauty. We made actually a 1-day round trip from Bend, OR. You have not to forget getting full tank before to come (there is no gas station in the John Day valley for miles), bring water (summer is very hot!), beware of rattlesnakes (mind your feets where you hike) and don't expect to buy food every mile. Actually, we were absolutely alone on these roads for most of the day. But it is worth the trip anyway.

Scheffbuch on August 5, 2009

Hi, JMZ2007,

I agree with your comment. In my opinion there are too many pictures from the well-visited sites of the world on Panoramio. I think they have to get any ideas to solve this problem. They have to decrease the quantity and to improve the quality. Some of the pictures are not very good.

Yes, there are places in the world which are still unknown. Not many, but they exist. It seems that you have discovered one of them. :-)

Greetings from Germany

Txo Arnáiz on January 10, 2010

Yellow Star

Jean-Marc Zaninetti on January 10, 2010

I agree with you, this place is simply stunning!

Paul13 on January 11, 2010

Nice shot~!

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