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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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