Night on the Bybee Fire, Crater Lake
In late July 2016 a fire began to grow inside Crater Lake National Park. The fire originated near the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Many speculate that it was a careless PCT hiker that caused the fire but the official cause has never been released.
For weeks the west side of Rim Drive was closed to prevent people from accessing the area near the fire. At times the fire entered the caldera rim.
I was able to visit the park during the fires eruption and position myself to witness the flames inside the caldera. Something very few got to see.
This art piece was captured from approx 100 still images as the Milky Way passed over the top of the Bybee Fire as it entered the caldera.
Location: Crater Lake National Park, OR
About Crater Lake
Crater Lake National Park is an amazing place, I have been to numerous National Parks & Monument throughout the Western United States and Crater Lake is by far the most photogenic and under rated of them all.
With a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States - and one of the most beautiful. The water's intense blue color is an indication of its great depth and purity. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow. Scientists consider Crater Lake to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.
Crater Lake rests in the belly of a dormant volcano. The volcano once stood 12,000 feet tall, but it collapsed after a major eruption 7,700 years ago. Later eruptions formed Wizard Island, a cinder cone that rises from the water. The park has an abundance of fascinating volcanic features, including a second rocky island, the Phantom Ship.
Crater Lake itself occupies less than 10% of the park. Beyond the lake, old-growth forests blanket the landscape. Established in 1902, the park protects 15 species of conifers, from towering ponderosa pines to ancient whitebark pines. These trees shelter a wide array of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, elk, and spotted owls. (https://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm)
For more information about Crater Lake visit:
- Crater Lake National Park - https://www.nps.gov/crla
- Crater Lake Institute - http://www.craterlakeinstitute.com/
- What to Do Near Crater Lake - http://www.craterlakesbackyard.com/
- Klamath Tribes - http://klamathtribes.org/