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Shoreline, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

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Early morning warm light hitting the inner slopes of Crater Lake. The partially melted snow along the banks create a pleasing weaving pattern emphasizing the reflective quality of the water

As promised, this is my favorite image from Crater Lake that I have. It takes some time for the rising sun to hit the western slopes and reach the water below. By western slopes I mean ‘The Watchman” right behind the Wizard Island. ┬áIt was fun to watch the orange glow hit the Watchman and then progressively reach down and touch the water below. If you don’t know what the Watchman or the Wizard island is, then click the thumbnail.

Since this was summer, sunrise was at 5:15 AM. On most days I would be fast asleep at this time, but I don’t know what got into me on a Friday evening that I decided to drive non-stop all night and reach Crater Lake for the sunrise. 5 – 6 photo shoot, and then I was fast asleep in the parking lot next to the visitor cafe.

This particular scene caught my eyes as the sun started lighting up the slopes. The distinct shoreline is made visible mainly because of the partially melted snow, showing the dark soil. The contrast between the snow, the dark soil and the shimmering reflections creates some beautiful patterns.

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Sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Reviving my blog posting routine after a short break. I thought of doing that by posting images from 2010 which are sitting on my hard drive waiting to be processed first.

The image in this post was shot last summer (first week of June) when there was still lots of snow left in this park. The snow was crumbling under my feet. That part was pretty scary because it was difficult with all the snow to find out where the crater actually starts. I may have been standing on loose snow and a 100 foot drop below my feet :)

It was a fine sunrise, but my favorite image from this trip was shot may be 5 minutes after this. So stay tuned for the full story and my fav image.

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