The Color of Time – Going Paleo with Oregon’s 1859 Magazine

Panorama of the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in eastern Oregon.

Panorama of the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in eastern Oregon.

Last November I had the privilege of shooting at the otherworldy John Day Fossil Beds for Oregon’s beautiful 1859 Magazine. The trip was a captivating look back in time when the American West was a different land entirely, home to palm trees, rhinos and sabretooth cats. The fossil beds have a nearly continuous fossil record for 50 million years, giving resident paleontologists a rare glimpse into early mammals. On top of the bountiful fossil record, the landscape is absurdly colorful, the kaleidoscopic layers of ancient sediment adding to the prehistoric feel.

The photos, along with a great article by Kathy Patten, can be viewed here.

https://www.1859oregonmagazine.com/paleontology-john-day-oregon-fossil-beds?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=42405_Travel_Feature_fossil-feature-linked

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