Clear Lake, Oregon
This was a lovely spot to camp. The mountains and their lakes were a welcome change from the usual beach scene.
Just over the lower line of trees, we could see the snow-capped tips of the Sisters peaks, part of a chain of Cascade volcanoes running from northern Washington down into northern California. And we were right in the midst of it all. If you’re interested, HERE’s a map of the volcanoes.
Clear Lake itself was formed by a volcanic eruption which deposited lava that backed up water to form the lake. Some of that lava can be seen near the left edge. The spooky part, as I mentioned previously, are the submerged trees in the 100 feet (30 m) deep water. This stand of upright trees was killed approximately 3,000 years ago when volcanic activity created the lake. The trees are remarkably preserved due to the cold year-round water temperatures of between 35–43 °F (1.6–6 °C). Not a spot I’d want to go swimming in.
It’s a perfect setting to observe and capture (with a camera) birds of all kinds.
This time of year there were quite a few avian youngsters swimming around. The Canada Goose parade above was just one example. The young ones in this bunch were nearly as large as the parents and harder to tell apart as the family floated by in line. Many more bird shots to come. I had quite a bit of practice shooting birds on this occasion.
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.
― Terence McKenna