The Painted Hills in Oregon started to evolve 40 million years ago from volcanic and mudflow activity.
This, mixed with the terrain’s abrupt climate changes, played a key role in the formation of the hills. The fluctuating temperature changes materialized the band of colors stretching across the landscape; red sediments were formed in warm tropical environments, while cooler, drier climates gave some strata its yellow color. Each of these coloured bands tells a story about prior geological eras.
I am intrigued by the intentions of people visiting places that look otherworldly. The park itself is not Bierstadt-esque by any means. The terrain lacks the aesthetic qualities that typically make a park postcard-worthy: waterfalls, treelines, purple mountain ranges; the kind of place that makes you want to write a patriotic anthem.