Columbia River & Picture Gorge Basalts
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|As you turn off of Hwy. 26 driving south towards Dayville you will reach the turn into the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Just below and to the rear of this triangular peak is the intersection for the two roads as it meanders through the Picture Gorge and the Basalts that have given it its name. |
Also, on the immediate right hillside, foreground, is the remains of the Columbia River Basalts that oozed from along great fissures upon the ground and engulfed much of the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada. Along the famed and most beautiful Gorge in the world, the Columbia, one can see first hand and up close the varying types of basalt that have shaped this remarkable valley.
The Sheep Rock Unit is the headquarters for the three Units, the Clarno, the Painted Hills, and of course here, the Sheep Rock. The Thomas Cant Ranch has a small museum of interest and has a trail that meanders to the river's edge, the John Day. There is also a new and beautiful Paleontology museum located about a mile from where I captured this image. Within the walls of the museum you will find magnificent paintings depicting what the region may have appeared like, and the paintings are accompanied with the fossilized remains of reptiles, vegetation, etc. that thrived within those same areas that are shown. The Sheep Rock has several trails that travel along the John Day River's modern course, and you can visualize the ancestral course of the river as Cathedral Rock, a beautiful cathedral peak rises above the river as it was a slab that had once slid off and blocked the river's course. The best times to photograph this area is more demanding than the remaining two other Units due the expansiveness of the region, and the intense heat thrown into the atmosphere from the abundance of volcanic rock-basalt, and Ignimbrite, a volcanic rock that is welded solid and is created from intense heat as ash is ejected from its host. The Blue Basin Trails are a must see, as they are the true Badlands of Oregon, and a beautiful but yet rugged landscape that has offered many fossilized remains of toirtoises and reptiles that once thrived in and along the shores of a humid jungle and swamp before the Miocene brought into more modern mammal forms such as Antelope, Bear, Coyote, Deer, and Cougar.
There is an image of Sheep Rock in the Workshop...
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It sounds like I am just around the corner and you are giving me directions to reach this beautiful sight. What a lovely combination of elements of nature all in one beautiful, almost historical landscape. The assortment of colours of the various elements compliments each other so well. The deep blue sky, the varying types of basalt, and the lovely textures of it right in front of ones eyes. Indeed a lovely scenery and your image in actual fact belongs in the text books of Geography students. Thanks for sharing.
A magnificent scene indeed, with those very impressive natural basalt columns Steven, looks like the perfect locality for looking up contact metamorhic minerals, would like to be there sometime...
- [2009-01-11 7:17]
Wonderful landscape image Steven,
Love all the textures in this shot and the colors are gorgeous. That bright blue sky really adds to the beauty of this scene. You've done a great job at composing this photo as you've filled the frame nicely, yet kept just enough sky to give contrasting color. Well done!!! Very informative notes!!
- [2009-01-13 0:44]
Dans cette image j'apprécie surtout l'angle de vue que tu as choisi et qui met bien en valeur les étonnantes structures de ces roches. C'est, me semble-t-il, une région bien intéressante du point de vue géologique, probablement aussi pour une faune et une flore particulière. Bonne gestion de la lumière aussi.
I know why your giving direction:-) You are so good at description Steve...and your planning is superior...I am glad to be a part of your letter group even though not able to make appearance.. It does indeed look inviting as your picture shows, but I may pass by on my way to Mendocino in June:-) Looks like I might be going home..
- [2009-02-15 21:38]
One can imagine the hugely impressive expanse of hills here that stand tall and imposing on the onlooker.Your image and well written accompnying notes have been able to generously transfer the mood you would have experinced while looking at and copying the views here in to your camera.
The image has a three dimensional quality as the farther slope stays in shaded light and the nearer slope with its ridged terrain stands bathed in hot sunshine.
The heat generation on the formations that you decribe in your notes as a result of their structural features sounds amazing.The blue sky revealed in the upper BG stands as a nice contrasts to the hill tracts reddish tones.
TFS for the composition and educative notes.