Crater Lake National Park { Photo Diary }

Crater Lake National Park { Photo Diary }

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When we arrived at Crater Lake around 9 am, the lake was completely still and you could see perfect reflections. As the day progressed, it became windier and made me wish I took every opportunity to photograph the lake earlier. I’m new to photographing nature, so it’s probably a rookie move. Lesson learned: when the conditions are perfect, stay put!

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We happened to get really lucky with the weather this time around. One of the park rangers told us that it’s unprecedented to have this nice of weather with clear skies and no wind when we visited. Most of the winter and early spring, the lake is not even visible through the clouds. It took us 3.5 hours going up and around the west side of the lake.


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There was a lookout every quarter to half a mile, and we stopped at them all! A lot of them had similar views, so if there is a crowd at one, you can move onto the next one.

As you can see, they got 44 ft of snow this past year, and they were still plowing and cleaning up.

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I came prepared in flip flops, of course. Also, not my best move.

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M is for Mountain. The next photo is of Union Peak with Mount McLoughlin in the background.

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We went around 1/3 of the lake since the east side was closed off still and then headed towards our next destination.

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We heard that there were pikas here, which happen to look nothing like Pikachu. Shoulda known! We were bummed that we didn’t get to see any, so let us know if you find one!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. That’s beautiful. I have been there in 1979.

  2. those pictures are incredible. the blue is so deep, the crater so wide. it reminds me of the hymn, “the love of God.”

    “Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.”

    1. Thanks Catarina! :) It really is SO much more beautiful in person. I don’t even think photos can ever capture it.

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