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Saturday, December 10, 2016

••◊ Sunriver Oregon travel photography blog: Day 4

Day 4 of our travels was at Crater Lake, in Southern Oregon.  It's a popular tourist attraction and a national park.  From Wikipedia...

"The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot (655 m)-deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 (± 150) years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years. With a depth of 1,949 feet (594 m), the lake is the deepest in the United States. In the world, it ranks tenth for maximum depth, and third for mean (average) depth."

The gist is..., it's an impressively large lake in a volcano.  Below are some panoramas I took at the stops around Rim Drive.  The island just off shore is called Wizard Island. None of my views of it were as good as some of the better panorama out there on the web.  See the Wikipedia article for better photos. I seem to have missed the ideal spot.

Our trip wouldn't have been complete without at least one stop at a Pacific Crest Trail sign in the park.  We actually picked up two this day, including the Rim Trail sign.  We walked along the trail for a bit, but quickly realized it was a long way to any view that harbors the spirit and allure of the PCT, so it was only a quick diversion.  The Rim Trail is lined with twisted Whitebark Pine trees that look like something out of a horror or sci-fi film.  In actuality, they are quite healthy and a resistant to the most severe weather conditions at higher altitudes.  Extreme trees for extreme weather.

One photo that I feel good about getting is the "phantom ship."  In this case the 35mm film camera gave a much better photo than the crop sensor digital camera.  The sign at the outlook says..."At first glance, the dark, jagged island just offshore calls to mind the image of ghostly ship with tall masts and drooping sails.  Phantom Ship is actually a resistant remnant of an ancient volcanic cone that was engulfed in the growing Mazama volcano.  This vent shared the underground chamber that fed Mount Mazama and was part of Mazama's early mountain building phase.  These rocky spires remained after Mazama's massive eruption and collapse, displaying the oldest rock in the Crater Lake basin at over 400,000 years old."

We found an ideal spot on the east side of the crater rim and waited for sunset while eating dinner.  I took pictures not knowing what the ideal sunset time or look was going to be. Then my Fuji camera battery ran out!  I didn't have another one to keep going with sunset panoramas.  Sure enough, about five minutes after we drove away from the outlook the sky went completely nuclear with bright fluorescent pinks and oranges - much, much more so than you see in the picture below!  Augh!  Next time I do this I'll know to bring along a car charger for my camera battery, or quit being cheap and get an extra battery. 

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