Crater Lake – Revisited
I mentioned in my last post about Yosemite National Park that there was a view there that literally took my breath away. Its a view I’ll never forget and one that brings a genuine smile when I remember it. There’s another place I came across that did this same thing at Crater Lake, OR. The photo at the top is the very first photo I took at Crater Lake.
There was still quite a bit of snow at the Crater Lake Lodge and only a short section of the rim drive was open. It was also Saturday and the weather was beautiful and calm. Once again, this was a recipe for crowds which defeats the purpose of going to such a relaxing place. I drove up the road around sunrise not knowing what to expect. The snow became deeper and the trees thinned as I approached the rim. This view, the first time I saw Crater Lake, took my breath away.
6 miles of blue glass surrounded by mountains with an island in the middle.
It was simple, pure, quiet and one of the most beautiful views my eyes have ever seen. Nothing was moving. No wind. No ripples. Nothing except blue. This was an incredible moment for me as a photographer too. I saw a blue I didn’t know existed nor one that I’d dreamed about. This blue, this view, created the ultimate calmness and the day passed slower than almost all others. I watched a the breeze slightly ripple the lake then watch it calm to pure glass again. It did get slightly rippled in the evening but I suppose that’s all right:) They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, my version of fun involves time slowing down and I can think of no better place to dream about doing just that:)