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This image was captured during a meeting of Trekies at the Painted Cove area of the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds near Mitchell, Oregon. Painted Cove Trail A short trail winds around a crimson hill, permitting a close view of the popcorn-textured claystones that distinguish the Painted Hills. Nothing grows here in these claystones because they soak up water so fast that plants cannot get enough to survive. The sign posted at the start of the trail said “Each person sees these hills in a different way…please look for the higher meaning and value present here that we ask you to help us protect.” The voluptious curves of this image brought to my perverted mind the the painting by Modigliani “Nude on a Cushion” linked to the environmentalist’s Oedipal injunction to “Love Your Mother Earth”. What higher meaning and value could be present here than to protect the whole Earth, rather than a few parks? Another sign posted at the Fossil Beds Museum quoted a scientist as saying the consciousness of man began last night, at midnight, on the scale of geologic time, yet as Shakespear said "We fools strut upon the stage of life, ranting and raving, signifying nothing"(paraphrased).

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  • Copyright: Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 232 W: 14 N: 388] (948)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-04-26
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 8:17
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