Through the Trees, Crater Lake NP, Oregon
It was a chilly late summer evening when Crater Lake was completely clouded in and any Celestial photography from the rim was not going to happen. An aurora was even predicted to appear, but mother nature had other plans up on the caldera.
Disappointed but not deterred, I began my decent down the mountain, into Munson Valley where the park headquarters are located. A half mile off the rim the skies cleared. I stopped in an automotive pullout and took a test shot. The Milky Way was glowing like I had never seen before. I knew this location would be special. I set my gear and waited as the camera captured over 150 images of the night sky.
Returning home I processed those images into the art seen here.
Through the Trees would make a great art piece for an exam room inside a doctor’s office, waiting room at a dentist office, conference room of a real estate company, or even above the mantel in your home.
Pro Tip: If you are out on a photography adventure and things are not turning out as you had hoped or planned. Take a moment to look around to what is nearby. You might just find an awesome alternative to what you thought you had wanted.
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/