Today, Travel Oregon launched a story online about Crater Lake and included a gallery of my photographs to illustrate the text. Crater Lake National Park is the only National Park in the State of Oregon and attracts close to 500,000 people annually. The lake itself was formed when Mt. Mazama collapsed approximately 7700 years ago. This lake which formed inside the caldera is fed almost entirely by snow melt and is the deepest lake in the United States, at just under 600 meters deep. The clarity and blueness of the water are unique and is one of the major draws to the park. There was no image manipulation to enhance the color in the pictures – it’s truly that blue, particularly when you visit on a sunny day, which, in Oregon, can be a gamble. I did use a circular polarizing filter to help remove surface glare for some of the images. The 2.2 mile round trip Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only access to the water where tourists are able to take a boat trip and explore the interior of the volcanic basin. The historic Crater Lake Lodge, which was recently renovated, sits on the edge of the caldera and offers sweeping views of the lake from it’s porch. It’s the perfect place to sit and contemplate the volcanism of the region whilst enjoying a local beer, glass of wine or perhaps a cup of coffee. The rooms are cozy but if you want to stay here, it’s best to make your reservations well in advance. Since it is only open seasonally, the rooms fill up quickly. Otherwise, the park offers many hiking trails and the nearby Mazama Village offers some camping options.
A tip for photographing Crater Lake – a circular polarizer filter can be instrumental for helping take great images of the lake on a calm day. I always have a few of these tucked in my kit as they are handy for other situations where water, or other glare, can be a problem.
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