A land before time

“You think a man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There’s been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land.” Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

On the Coast of Oregon located on the 101 just South of Golden Beach a towering and fierce Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived, welcomes you to “The Prehistoric Gardens”.

Our journey brings us into the heart of the rainforest and in between these fierce creatures. A life-size Brachiosaurus towers over Marius it is said that the Brachiosaurus is the largest of all dinosaurs and every dinosaur here in the gardens are built to scale so that visitors can get an idea of the gigantic size of these magnificent creatures.

Winding paths take visitors through this glorious forest. A large Triceratops with its three horns is one of the more spectacular dinosaurs in the garden. The Prehistoric Gardens is the vision of the late E.V. “Ernie” Nelson – artist, sculptor, entrepreneur, and dinosaur enthusiast.

Marius setting up his tripod and camera at the feet of a Dimetrodon, it walked on four legs and had a tall, curved skull with large teeth of different sizes set along the jaws. Most fossils have been found in the southwestern United States, the majority coming from a geological deposit called the Red Beds in Texas and Oklahoma.

The Dinosaurs, like all primitive reptiles, were egg-laying animals. The first dinosaur eggs were discovered in the Gobi desert of Magnolia in 1923. The photo above is of baby Triceratops coming out of their eggs.

The incredible forest garden has exotic plants and little streams that run through it.

Pterodactyls is the first to be named and identified as a flying reptile. Its fossil remains have been found primarily in the Solnhofen limestone of Bavaria, Germany, it was a carnivore and probably preyed upon fish and other small animals.

Standing in the rainforest of Oregon one feels like you are transported back to a land before time.