Crater Lake

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).


24 thoughts on “Crater Lake

  1. Pingback: Crater Lake National Park « Lake Massawippi Lodge

    • You may have put your finger on what it is that makes me so uncomfortable with this particular location. Then there’s the other things that contribute to the eerie feeling: the fact that it’s the place where a huge volcanic eruption took place to form the caldera and the fact that it’s the deepest lake in the USA.

      As if all that weren’t enough there’s this (from Wikipedia): Crater Lake is known for the “Old Man of the Lake”, a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century.[5] The low temperature of the water has slowed the decomposition of the wood, hence the longevity of the bobbing tree.

      Just weird and spooky….. 😦


  2. Well…I think it’s pretty…and you must have, too, in order to even consider putting it up here on your blog…whether you’re impressed with it or not…there must be something redeemable about it in your eyes…me thinks. πŸ™‚


  3. The day we got there it was raining. We stayed in a cabin and the next morning went to the rim. It was fogged in but we drove around and the clouds lifted while we were there. I think if we had been able to, a hike down tot eh water might have given a better perspective. We enjoyed some of the side trails on the rim roadway.


    • How unusual to have rain in Oregon πŸ˜‰ But you may have provided a clue as to why I wasn’t thrilled during my visit. There was so much snow at the time that hikes weren’t exactly optimal. I just noted at the Park Service site that much of the roads and trails are STILL closed because of snow even now, in June!


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