Photographer's Note

Detail shot from the Painted Hills of eastern Oregon. This was taken with a telephoto lens to bring a close in view of the hills. The Painted Hills are completely fenced off from the public, so there is no opportunity to get in there and walk among them, as it would destroy the hills. Since no one is allowed to walk around on the hills it's difficult to get the scale of this, but it was taken from a distance of about 600-800 meters. The hills are about 100 meters high. They are composed of a very hard type of clay, which aborbs a lot of water - so much in fact that plants can't grow there as they can't draw any water from the ground. The colours are mineral deposits of iron (red), magnesium (yellow), manganese (black), titanium (white) and other minerals in many combinations. This close in shot shows the patterns of colour like an abstract painting. The Painted Hills are located about 300km east of Portland.

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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