Gigapixel view from the summit of Diamond Peak (elev. 8,744'), an eroded volcano near Odell Lake, Oregon. The summit sits above treeline & yields fantastic views of the Cascade Range, w/ north views of the Three Sisters area, Broken Top, Mount Bachelor, Newberry Caldera, Mount Jefferson, & even Mt. Hood (only the top was visible in clouds). To the south one can see nearby Cowhorn & Sawtooth Mountains, Howlock Mountain, Mount Thielsen, Mount Bailey, Crater Lake Rim, Union Peak, & Mount McLoughlin. Two cirques are found on the northwest side of the mountain that had glaciers until very recently, w/ only tarns & glacial scouring lines visible now. It was a popular day for hikers on the mountain w/ an easy approach from Summit Lake to the south, though the summit can be accessed from any direction.
Gigapixel panorama (1.420 gigapixels), 253 photos, 53300x26650 pixels
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.