Fossils, Sagebrush, Juniper

I read you for some kind of poem
Covered in lines, the fossils I find
Have they no life of their own?
So can we pretend sweetly
Before the mystery ends?
— “John My Beloved” by Sufjan Stevens

Karu voi olla kaunista. John Day Fossil Bedsin Clarno Unitin parkkipaikalla poimin pensaasta oksan. Voimakastuoksuinen sagebrush, eli suomeksi salviamaruna lÀhti mukaamme tien pÀÀlle. Marraskuussa palasin Oregoniin tapaamaan ystÀvÀÀni ja oksa oli edelleen hÀnen pickupinsa kojelaudalla. YhÀ se tuoksui huumaavalle, kuin tÀmÀ kesÀpÀivÀ keskellÀ Oregonin erÀmaan ÀÀrettömyyttÀ.

Barren can be beautiful. In the parking lot at the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds, I picked up a branch of sagebrush. It had a strong, distinct smell, which followed us on the road. In November I returned to Oregon to visit my friend and the branch was still on the dashboard of his pickup truck. And the scent still lingered, heady as this summer's day in the infinity of Oregon's desert.

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Clarno Unitin kivimuodostelmat ovat tÀynnÀ entisaikojen fossiloituneita kasveja ja eliöitÀ. Joskus tÀmÀ nykyÀÀn karu maisema oli sademetsÀn kaltainen keidas. EipÀ Oregonin Portlandissa vieraillessa uskoisi, ettÀ vain kolmen tunnin ajomatkan pÀÀstÀ löytÀÀ kaikkea tÀtÀ. John Dayn jokaisen eri osion vÀlille kertyy ajomatkaa parin tunnin verran teiden ollessa pieniÀ ja mutkaisia. Alueissa on kuitenkin jokaisessa oma viehÀtyksensÀ. Alueen tutkimiseen kannattaa siis varata kokonainen pÀivÀ ellei parikin. Aiemmat postaukset John Day Fossil BedseiltÀ löydÀt tÀÀltÀ: Painted Hills ja Sheep Rock - Blue Basin.

The rock formations at Clarno Unit are full of fossilized plants and beings from times long lost. Once upon a time this landscape was a rainforest-like oasis. You wouldn't believe in the heart of Portland, Oregon, that you can find all this only a mere three hour drive away. The different units of John Day are about two hours away from one another as the roads are narrow and windy.  Each unit has its own personal charm. You should plan to spend at least one full day if not a couple for exploring the area. The previous posts from the John Day Fossil Beds can be found here: Painted Hills and Sheep Rock - Blue Basin.

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