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Gingko Petrified Forest S.P. - Various

I took a brief trip out to the Gingko Petrified Forest in mid-November of 2004. The first stop was the interpretive trails which I found to be rather disappointing. This group of small braided trails features petrified wood specimens from various trees including some rarer ones not common to Central Washington such as Gingko and Redwood. However the featured petrified wood was in little trailside wells with grates over them to protect them from thieves. Of course, this made it hard to get good looks at them let alone photograph them without intervening bars. But the trails and desert terrain was nice enough. I then hit the museum which was closed for the season. However there were many nice chunks of petrified wood out for display outside here giving a much better sense of the appearance of these transformed trees. Additionally there were some old petroglyphs which had been moved to the museum to be semi-preserved. Finally, the scene was also capped off with some nice views of this stretch of the Columbia including the bluffs on the East side of river and the Vantage bridge as well as the rolling terrain heading off to the North. The photos:
Desert Scene
Desert Scene
Petrified Layers
Petrified Layers
Red Petrified Wood
Red Petrified Wood
Looking Northeast
Looking Northeast
Petrified Closeup
Petrified Closeup
Bullseye Petroglyph
Bullseye Petroglyph
Petrified Notch
Petrified Notch
Sagebrush
Sagebrush
Bubbly Petrified Wood
Bubbly Petrified Wood
Red Tree End
Red Tree End
Petrified Staircase Pattern
Petrified Staircase Pattern
Red Rust Color
Red Rust Color
Rusty Sections
Rusty Sections
Deer and Hunter
Deer and Hunter
More Petrified Wood
More Petrified Wood
Vantage Bridge and Columbia River
Vantage Bridge and Columbia River
Rusty and Petrified
Rusty and Petrified
Sun Face Petroglyph
Sun Face Petroglyph
Petrified Log Edge
Petrified Log Edge
Frosted Petrified Wood
Frosted Petrified Wood
Seedy Plant
Seedy Plant
Petrified Log End
Petrified Log End
Rusty Tree Rings
Rusty Tree Rings
Desert Shrubbery
Desert Shrubbery
More Petrified Stuff
More Petrified Stuff
Petrified Log End and Tree Rings
Petrified Log End and Tree Rings
Looking North
Looking North
Closeup
Closeup
Tree Trunks
Tree Trunks
Bark
Bark
Petrified Log End
Petrified Log End
Bluffs, Columbia, and Petrified Log
Bluffs, Columbia, and Petrified Log
Petrified Fragment
Petrified Fragment
Deer Petroglyph
Deer Petroglyph
Petrified Bark
Petrified Bark
Winding Trail
Winding Trail
Petrified Tree Rings
Petrified Tree Rings
Gravel Path in Desert
Gravel Path in Desert
Animal Petroglyphs
Animal Petroglyphs
Petrified White Chunks
Petrified White Chunks