Photographer's Note

Painted Hills Overlook and Trail, gives a wide-angle view of the color-splashed hummocks and hills which are the eroded remnants of the lower John Day Formation. The weathering of volcanic ash under varying climatic regimes resulted in vividly-hued rock layers of red, pink bronze tan and black. 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. Here's a close-up of the unusual texture of the soil.

This trip to Eastern Oregon was planned by Steven Warnstaff (Wahclellaspirit) and Peter Boehringer, who recently posted another photo of the Painted Hills as his second anniversary shot

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