Aerial view about 150' up showing the tallest known sugar pine (pinus lambertiana) in Oregon near Tiller. It measures 255 feet in height & has a base diameter of 7.5 feet, estimated at 400 years old w/ cones up to 1.5 feet in length. Nearby is another tall sugar pine, though about 40 feet lower. It has often been cited as being the world's tallest though there have been other more recent discoveries. One such sugar pine in Yosemite was measured to be 14 feet taller before it died a few years back & another one discovered in 2015 in the same region registers 273 feet in height. Regardless, it is an impressive sight w/ the lowest branches about 150 feet up. Unfortunately in the year 2000, vandals came w/ a chainsaw & left a scar line along the base.
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.