Mount Shasta Adventure

 
 Airplanes streak across the night sky. Mount Shasta, California.

Airplanes streak across the night sky. Mount Shasta, California.

Mid December, near the time of the winter solstice, is one of my favorite times of the year for landscape photography. Here in the Pacific Northwest the sun holds a low trajectory on the horizon. Creating an opportunity of long shadows, deep contrast and pleasing sky's. 

This December, I went on a photography adventure to Mount Shasta, California. Residing an hour north of the area, Mt Shasta is a common location to visit.  However this time was different, it was the first time I have visited the mountain in December with the intention of capturing theses images. 

 

Background

For those whom may have never visited Mt Shasta. The mountain is a magical location full of impressive geological features and Native American Legends.

The oldest known human habitation in the area dates to about 7000 years ago. At the time of Euro-American contact in the 1820s, the Native American tribes who lived within view of Mount Shasta included the Shasta, Okwanuchu, Modoc, Achomawi, Atsugewi, Karuk, Klamath, Wintu, and Yana tribes.

The Karuk Tribe called the mountain Úytaahkoo or "White Mountain".  

Legend told from the Klamath Tribe states; Mount Shasta is inhabited by Skell, the Spirit of the Above-World. At the request of a Klamath Chief, Skell descended from heaven to the mountain's summit. Skell then fought with Llao, resident of Mount Mazama and Spirit of the Below-World. They fought by throwing hot rocks and lava.  (Legendary interpretations of volcanic eruptions).  For more information on this view visit the Crater Lake Institute

 

Geology

Mt Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the Southern End of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California.  At an elevation of 14,179 feet (4321.8m), it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles (350 km3), which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.

 

Photography Adventure

Mount Shasta can be viewed from many locations from the Central Valley of California and to the Rim of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.  However, I believe the best photography of Mt Shasta is located right at the base of the volcano. On this trip, I knew that I wanted to photograph Shasta just before and just after sunset. 

I am already familiar with the area having been in the area numerous times for other photography opportunities. This time I wanted to locate a new place to photograph from.  I studied Google Maps and photography captured by others. With this info, I was then able to pinpoint just where I wanted to be. I even have more locations pinned for future visits. 

I was on location for most of the late afternoon and early evening.

 

Photography Collection

This adventure lead to an entirely new photography collection from on and around Mount Shasta. I am proud of the way these images have turned out and I am extremely happy to announce their addition to BrianGailey.com.

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