Two years ago today, the Ruth headframe was standing in its usual spot over the Deep Ruth Shaft - possibly not its original location - beside the road, the cut-off between the town of Ruth and Highway 6 toward Lund and Currant. The headframe has since been taken down.
These photos were shot from an unusual perspective: from the top of a nearby mine dump. Location of the headframe can be seen on this MSRMaps map.
It was sping, and the Purshia tridentata was in full bloom, growing on the strongly iron-oxide-rich to pyritic dirt. I hesitate to call it soil - see what I mean in the first photo - it must classify as an inceptisol if something can grown on it.