John Day Painted Hills Unit

I titled the post this because a) it’s what the national monument is called, and b) it sounds likeย  jibberish. As if I, apropos of nothing, announced, “Millard Fillmore Batik Scarf Squadron.”

Which would be equally amusing – or maybe that’s just me.

But the truth is, the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon – which includes the aforementioned Painted Hills Unit – is worth taking seriously for the gorgeous landscape alone. I didn’t make it to the fossils part because, well, I don’t get super excited about old bones (joke alert!), plus they don’t make for stunning photographs.

But I did get super excited about these beautiful hills.

John Day Painted Hills Unit

Sexy, no?

John Day Painted Hills Unit

I couldn’t get enough of that red stripe.

John Day Painted Hills Unit

Or those curves.

So I’ve added this to my list of “National Parks I had no expectations for but turned out to be pretty great.” It happens on every Scamp.

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  1. Ron Hagg October 27, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Thanks – these are wonderful.

    • deonne October 27, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      Thanks for saying so, Ron!

  2. Manisha October 27, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Oh my gosh. This country is so full of beautiful spaces. I’m so glad you are going around documenting it all!
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    • deonne October 27, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks, Manisha! It’s entirely my pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Beth Easter October 27, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful and, yes, sexy photos!

    • deonne October 27, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      My pleasure, Beth!

  4. Susan Carpenter Sims October 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    I’m running out of adjectives here. All I can think to say is you have very rich eyes.
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    • deonne October 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Susan – That is a beautiful compliment, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sherry in MT October 28, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I’d hoped to get there on our way back this year – didn’t happen but your shots confirm all the other reports I’ve heard so guess I’ll add it in for NEXT year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely lovely photos as always!
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    • deonne October 28, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Sherry – Yes, definitely get there next time. Well worth a visit! And thank you for the kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

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