Clear Lake, Oregon

It almost seems as though each state has to have its own Clear Lake…Clear_Lake-4124

This was a lovely spot to camp. The mountains and their lakes were a welcome change from the usual beach scene.

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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.

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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.

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It’s a perfect setting to observe and capture (with a camera) birds of all kinds.

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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

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29 thoughts on “Clear Lake, Oregon

    • It was certainly great fun. The trees spooked me while I was on the lake -not enough to keep me from staying out there, but the thought was a bit unsettling. When I got home, I found some video clips (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tNmW-4XupY) of some divers in the lake and figured out that the trees were way farther down than I had imagined (no chance of hitting one). The water is so clear that it looks as though it isn’t very deep at all. It’s an amazing place.

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  1. Gorgeous spot, Gunta! I must admit I am still feeling a bit strange about those underwater trees. The scenes around the lake are very tranquil though and I am sure I’d love the camping. Great pics as usual! 🙂

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    • Now that I’m home, I’ve looked at videos of the underwater trees (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tNmW-4XupY) and it’s reassuring to see how far down they are so there’s no fear of hitting them. On the other hand, I can worry about how DEEP that water is. Stuff I try not to think about when I’m out on the water. Kayaking is just too much fun to give up for minor stuff like that! 😉

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    • I’m at an age where camping is fun for short bits, but it’s also nice to come home to a good shower and warm bed. 😉 It gets pretty cold up in these mountains in the winter.

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