Every Picture Tells A Story

Painted Hills 2

… and these hills do tell stories! Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900″s there was something akin to a gold rush going on here but instead of precious metals, it was for fossilized bones of extinct animals and plants. In the arid lands west of the Mississippi,  fossil hunters extracted a timeline of animals from dinosaurs to the early mammals which ranged across North America. Some complete skeletons were literally sticking out of the sides of gullies! Almost all of the collected fossils have ended up in museums across America and around the world.

The layers of reds, tans, orange and blacks in this image tell the story of climate changes. In and around this area, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument of central Oregon, many extinct mammals were extracted including  relatives of camels, rhinos and elephants. It’s a story that covers 40 million years!

All Photographs © 2018 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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