Gigapixel view from the summit of Steve Peak (elev. 5,835') south of Applegate, Oregon. The peak is on a east-west ridgeline b/w Grayback Mountain to the north & Whisky Peak/Arnold Peak to the south. Here one can get fantastic views in all directions including the distant Cascade Range to the east, including Mt. McLoughlin, Thielsen, & Bailey. The eastern Siskiyous include Dutchman Peak, Wagner Butte, which in turn span into Northern California facing the Red Buttes, Kangaroo Mountain, Pyramid Peak, even Preston Peak & El Capitan to the southwest. The summit has been used for a fire lookout since at least 1916, however a forest fire on August 31, 1918 swept up from the Carberry Creek side up the mountaintop & destroyed the lookout. Another one was started by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 however it has been abandoned since the 1950s. Remnants of the newer lookout including the cement foundations are prevalent throughout the summit. On the way up I went through a one-acre area of baker's cypress, a rare tree only found in the region into Northern California. There has been a fresh dusting of snow covering the region w/ more to come.
Gigapixel panorama (1.559 gigapixels), 274 photos, 55844x27922 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.