Let me preface this presentation by saying that I am extremely embarassed to even
do it and offer my sincere apologies. There was so much smoke in the crater from surrounding
forest fires that the lake was barely visible. I was really bummed because Crater Lake was one
of the primo places I wanted to photograph on my trip to the northwest in 2018. So, consider it a placeholder for
the excellent pictures I plan on taking on my next visit. Nuff said.
Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902 and is the fifth-oldest national park in the U.S. It's the only national park in Oregon. Crater Lake, the main feature of the park, lies in a caldera formed 7,700 years ago when the volcano, Mount Mazama, erupted and then collapsed. At 1,949 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and it's famous for its clear water and deep blue color (like I saw any of that). There are two islands in the lake, Wizard Island to the west and Phantom Ship to the south (southeast).
Super-heated pumice flowed into Wheeler Creek canyon at the time of the Mount Mazama eruption. Steam and gas escaped through vents in the pumice, welding and solidfying the sides of the vents. Thousands of years of erosion eventually wore away the softer pumice, exposing the solidified vents or pinnacles that are seen today.
This concludes my sad little presentation of Crater Lake. Hopefully I'll have
much better, smoke free photos next visit.
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