Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake. (from the National Park website)For a bit of perspective, that’s a little cruise boat (or water skiers?) at the bottom of the photo…
Yes, the water is unbelievably blue and clear, but although many folks seem to love this attraction, it doesn’t do a whole lot for me. Possibly because its symmetry is very difficult to photograph (ever notice how nearly all photos of it look pretty much the same?), or because to get there, you have to drive through an endless corridor of evergreens, or closer to winter it’s snow banks many, many feet high. It’s relatively close to home (could that be the reason I’m not nearly as impressed with it as I ought to be?)
I haven’t been inspired by any current events here at home, so I dug into this old shot from the mid-70s (SLR – pre digital era).