Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday photos: Crater Lake, Oregon

Today's Friday photos are of Crater Lake, which is sixty miles from where Sweetie and I grew up in Oregon.  It was formed by the massive eruption of Mount Mazama, 7,700 years ago.  When the mountain collapsed, it formed a steaming caldera, which, over centuries of rain and snow, filled with the famous, remarkably blue water that's some of the clearest found anywhere in the world. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world
The Klamath Native Americans, who undoubtedly witnessed the massive eruption of the mountain, have long regarded the lake as a sacred site and still use it as a spirit quest destination. Their legends tell of a battle between the sky god Skell and Llao, the god of the underworld.  Mount Mazama was destroyed in the battle, creating the lake. 
The bottom photo is an old one Sweetie found he took one summer while putting himself through Oregon State while working for the Forest service. It's common for snow to remain year-round. (You can see from the snow stakes how high the snow might get during winter.) 

When I was a young girl, we'd swim in Diamond Lake (the model for Rainbow Lake just outside Shelter Bay, and where Cole and Kelli's Christmas story will take place), then go a few miles up the mountain to Crater Lake to have snowball fights in our swim suits.  When our son took his wife there a few years ago, the northern gate of the park was still closed in June due to a blizzard. 

3 comments: said...

Love these photos, JoAnn. Gorgeous winter shots.

Quilt Lady said...

What beautiful pictures and such a lovely place.

Sue Peace said...

Love both those photos!!! I'd love to have more winter here!