The Missouri River in Montana begins where three rivers join. They are the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison. This panorama was taken many hundreds of miles downstream from there. The river waters in this pano were once plied by steam boats in the 1800s. The river is still quite wild and the Slippery Ann area is within the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. The term Slippery Ann is a corrupted form of Siparyann which is the name of a nearby creek. This pano was taken up away from the river in the hills that are referred to as the Missouri Breaks. The breaks are typified by their rugged, deep ravines which can sometimes traverse for miles before joining the river bottom. The breaks are typically covered by sage brush, juniper shrubs, and Ponderosa pines and are great cover for deer, elk, antelope, and upland game birds.
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.