New photo of the John Day Painted Hills!

The Painted Hill of John Day have mesmerized geologists and paleontologists for generations.  The Painted Hills themselves, have been adored by photographers since the development of the camera. I make a photographic pilgrimage to the Painted Hills of John Day, in hopes of capturing a fine art photograph, just like the one you see below!

John Day Painted Hills

John Day Painted Hills

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is managed by the National Park Service and is composed of three separate units, the Sheep Rock Unit, the Painted Hills Unit(seen above) and the Clarno Unit.  For more information about  these individual units, visit Eastern Oregon Gems.
In my newest fine art photograph, “Painted Hills Sunset”, seen above, the geologic diversity of the Painted hills is clearly captured.  A bonus capture was that of the ephemeral “Bee Plants”, Cleome platycarpa.  These little golden beauties bloom for only a few days, if at all, in a given year.  The splattering of Bee plants, combined with the warm glow of sunset on the Painted Hills with the wonderfully detailed Sutton Mountain in the background gives a wonderful sense of what it is like to enjoy a sunset in this magical part of Eastern Oregon.   I hope this fine art photograph of the Painted Hills appropriately honors the beauty of this amazing location.

Thanks for visiting,

Mike Putnam

Print Donation for Highland Elementary School

Friends and family of mine are well aware that my wonderful daughter, Emma, attended the Highland Magnet School at Kenwood, located just blocks away from our home in Bend, Oregon.  Highland is a K-5th grade school that incorporates the Scottish Storyline method of teaching.  I can’t say enough positive things about this wonderful school and [...]

New Mt Rainier National Park Fine Art Photograph!

Mt Rainier National Park

As many of you know, I live in Bend, Oregon, the hub of Central Oregon and One of the most amazing regions of the United States.  As a professional landscape photographer, there are countless photo opportunities in the Bend area so leaving Central Oregon for work reasons can be hard to justify.  A quick visit [...]

The Best new Oregon Landscape Photos for 2014!

Metolius River

I’ve never done a year in review post before and frankly, the idea scared me.  Not because I am not proud of my work, I am quite proud.  My trepidation stemmed from the fact that, in most years, I don’t put out a lot of new work.  Please don’t perceive this “lack of new work” [...]

Oregon’s magical Tamolitch Pool, aka, the “Blue Pool”!

Tamolitch Pool, AKA the Blue Pool on the McKenzie River

This past year, I have found myself gravitating towards photography locations that have lured me in a a spiritual way.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always felt spiritual sensations when in the presence of natural beauty but in past years, I’ve primarily been drawn to grand landscapes…think dramatic clouds, snow-covered mountains with wildflower filled foregrounds. [...]

Beautiful New Metolius River Print!

I will be unveiling a new fine art photograph at tomorrow(11/7/14) nights First Friday Art Walk and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have loved the Metolius River since the first time I explored its shores but frankly, it is a river whose exceptional beauty is photographically elusive. Old growth conifers, brilliantly colored water, verdant [...]

Top 10 Fall color Hikes in the Bend, Oregon area!

Tamolitch Pool, aka "The Blue Pool"

I’ve probably thought about this list of the best fall color hikes in the Bend, Oregon area way too much.  I love Bend and the Central Oregon area as much as anyone and as a landscape photographer, I’ve done an extraordinary amount of hiking and scouting in the Bend area for photography purposes.  So, with [...]

Oregon’s Beautiful Mt. Jefferson!

Oregon's Beautiful Mount Jefferson

Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson is quite possibly my favorite mountain in the world.  Mt. Jefferson is stunning, rugged and remote.  It holds lots of snow in summer which tends to make it more photogenic than some other Oregon volcanoes.  Also, it is loaded with wildflowers.  Mt. Jefferson, when viewed from the west and looking east, has [...]

New Prints for First Friday Photography show, 9/5/2014!

Fine art landscape photography

I am very excited to announce that I will be releasing two new fine art landscape photographs this Friday, 9/5/14 at the Patagonia of Bend.  I don’t often release new landscape prints and releasing two at the same first Friday is very unusual for me.  In addition to the two new prints I will have [...]

New Lower Deschutes River Fine Art Photographs!

Lower Deschutes River Canyon

Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River has long been considered one of the best Steelhead and trout fisheries in the US and I’ve been working on this beautiful new print of the Lower Deschutes River for two years before I got the result I was after which you see below. This beautiful fine art print of the [...]