A few friends, Cindy, and I made a whirlwind tour of Painted Hills, OR and Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, ID over this three day weekend. Boy, what fun we had! We left Seattle 9:30 Friday morning and arrived in Mitchell, OR 6 1/2 hrs later. We set up our tents near Painted Hills and headed out to explore and photograph the area.
Painted Hills Unit is one of three components of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. These colorful hills are located about nine miles northwest of Mitchell, OR. The varying hues and tones of the hills are best seen in the late afternoon, but early light can offer dramatic backlit compositions for the creative photographer. The yellow wildflowers were in full bloom, and lined several cervices, as seen in the opening image of this blog. Below are three more images of this beautiful, ancient wonder.
The next morning, we shot the sunrise at the same location and headed out to Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, ID, another 6 hrs away. We arrived in the late afternoon, set up camp and headed out to climb the largest single Sand Dune in North America, rising 470 ft above small surrounding lakes. It was a short but tough hike. Below are two of my best images from there.
The next morning (Sunday), we slept in and drove back to Seattle, 9 1/2 hrs away. By 8 pm, I was post-processing and uploading images.