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Philip Kuntz / 54 items

N 228 B 2.3K C 73 E May 22, 2019 F Jun 2, 2019
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Last pic was from the Snake River far below. Here's a view looking down from the Oregon side of the canyon.

The Canyon is thankfully protected hence very few roads high or low. The roads on the rim are best taken with a stout four-wheel drive vehicle. Hiking is best. I've hiked much of the Idaho side and have taken jet boat rides thru the canyon from the north and south ends of it. While not as "grand" as that other canyon (which is jawdropping) the Hells Canyon is mighty impressive, and deeper.

Have a great week!

Tags:   Hells Canyon gorge chasm canyon storm stormy arrowroot balsamroot Snake River sky drama Oregon Idaho

N 228 B 4.1K C 53 E May 18, 2017 F Feb 9, 2019
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Painted Hills is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon.The Painted Hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Painted Hills is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain.

The black soil is lignite that was vegetative matter that grew along the floodplain. The grey coloring is mudstone, siltstone, and shale. The red coloring is laterite soil that formed by floodplain deposits when the area was warm and humid.

An abundance of fossil remains of early horses, camels, and rhinoceroses in the Painted Hills unit makes the area particularly important to vertebrate paleontologists." Wiki

Fascinating region!

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday!

Tags:   Painted Hills John Day Fossils Bed National Monument Seven Wonders of Oregon fossils paleontology history geology Mitchell Oregon colors of nature

N 182 B 4.5K C 41 E May 20, 2017 F Jan 9, 2019
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One of Oregon's iconic Three Sister peaks. "The Sisters are part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Cascade Range in western North America extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California.

South Sister, also known as "Charity", is the tallest volcano of the trio, standing at 10,363 feet (3,159 m). Unlike its sister peaks,South Sister has an uneroded summit crater about 0.25 mi (0.40 km) in diameter that holds a small crater lake known as Teardrop Pool, the highest lake in Oregon." Wiki

Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday!

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N 148 B 3.2K C 40 E May 18, 2017 F Dec 14, 2018
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I was impressed by the many symmetric buttes like this I saw in central Oregon. Amazing varied terrain.

Friday's here. Have a wonderful day and weekend!

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N 116 B 3.7K C 26 E May 18, 2017 F Aug 16, 2018
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An iconic peak in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This large Monument consists of three widely separated units—Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno—in the John Day River basin of east-central Oregon. I've posted images of the Painted Hills earlier (in comments). Didn't have enough time here, hope to return.

This area is home to a vast number of unique fossils that span 40 million years and provide unparalleled records of the Age of Mammals not found elsewhere in the world. A noted paleontologist, Dr. Ralph W. Chaney stated “No region in the world shows a more complete sequence of Tertiary land populations, both plant and animal, than the John Day Basin.”

Thanks for your visit and for any comments, faves and suggestions.

Tags:   Sheep Rock Sheep Rock Mountain John Day Fossil Beds John Day Monument fossils Seven Wonders of Oregon Oregon


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