A view inside the upper adit of the Snow Bird Mine (Tip Top Mine) near Williams, Oregon. A former gold mine started in the early 1900s by Herman Messinger, this view is about 100 feet inside the drift showing rotting remains of timber protecting miners from a weak spot in the bedrock directly above. After all these decades the structure still stands in good condition, though slimy & gross in appearance. I used flash on this panorama & wanted to try it w/ natural flashlight lighting as it created a nicer eerier effect, however I didn't stay long as the entrance is accessable through a narrow crawl that could cave-in at any time, so I was antsy to get out before that happened. This mine has two adit openings, the lower adit is gated & blocked from access w/ a federal mining claim post.
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.