October 08, 2019
A Clear Autumn Day To Photograph Crater Lake
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OREGON – This photographer will need to wear warmer clothes and to stand back farther from the edge of the caldera’s rim around Crater Lake when winter’s snowfalls begin. Approximately 700,000 people a year come to this stunning national park in southern Oregon every year. The lake, which is fed only by rainfall and snowmelt, was formed after a 12,000-foot-tall volcano erupted 7,700 years ago. To grasp the scale of that eruption, consider that the park’s Rim Village, near where this photographer is standing, is at 7,100 feet elevation and that the lake’s surface is almost a thousand feet lower than that. National Park Service literature says the eruption may have been the biggest ever in North America. The park service works mightily to keep the road to Rim Village open in winter and is successful about 80 percent of the time. To see the lake any day of the year, check out the webcam at nps.gov/crla.
(Photo by Tom Adkinson)
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