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Painted Hills, OR

The jumping-off point was the little town of Mitchell, Oregon, only a dozen or so miles away from Painted Hills. I took some shots of Mitchell, including our motel, the Sky Hook, not expecting much of anything to come out of them. But I eventually found that this sleepy town with most shops closed, apparently permanently, was a view of small-town America that was totally new and refreshing to me. It led me to wonder how it is to live in such a small, isolated place. For example, the nearest grocery store is probably around 40 miles away.

I took the photos of Mitchell more or less disconsolately, trying to entertain myself between sunrise and sunset. I wish now I'd taken that part more seriously. Too bad Mitchell is 350 miles from home, making it hard to shoot it again. On top of which, I wonder if it's still there?!

Our landing / jumping-off point
Our landing / jumping-off point
The motel office
The motel office
The grounds decor
The grounds decor
Facade
Facade
All-purpose shed
All-purpose shed
Fence and shed
Fence and shed
Welcome to ...
Welcome to ...
Not too busy
Not too busy
The only place to eat dinner
The only place to eat dinner
The only place to buy gas ... Oops!
The only place to buy gas ... Oops!
No dinner here
No dinner here
No groceres here
No groceres here
Big event
Big event
Onward to Painted Hills now
Onward to Painted Hills now
Dry channel
Dry channel
Another dry channel
Another dry channel
Voila! A painted hill
Voila! A painted hill
A tree against a painted sky
A tree against a painted sky
In the low morning sun
In the low morning sun
Bare shrub
Bare shrub
Low sun across the scrub
Low sun across the scrub
Revealed hills
Revealed hills
A little closer view
A little closer view