John Day Fossil Beds National Monument VIII – Island in Time

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From Pre-pandemic Days

In early October I spent five days in the John Day country. On the third day of the trip I journeyed to the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

After a visit to the Historic James Cant Ranch on the John Day River, I went to the Blue Basin area.

An inquisitive Chipmunk

The Island in Time Trail gently climbed along a canyon floor into a bluish-green amphitheater.

Truly amazing.

Blue Basin cliffs

Rabbit Brush in bloom


Gentle trail leading to Blue Basin

Spiral coloration (How did that happen?)

Capstone (Keeps the softer blueish-green clay below from eroding away)

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  1. Great photos! Very interesting looking place.

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