~ Crater Lake National Park - Day Two ~

The photos on this page were taken on the second day of my visit to Crater Lake National Park.

There are three pages for Crater Lake, the Getting There page, then a page for each of the two days I was there. This is Day Two.

I had intended to arrive in time to catch the sunrise over the eastern rim of the lake. Not so. I was very tired and, when I did awaken, I had about twenty minutes to dress and drive to the rim. Being I was outside the park at an Oregon Sno-Park, that wasn't possible. So I did the best I could and drove directly to Discovery Point.

Statistics: Crater Lake is 6.1 miles wide east to west and 4.7 miles north to south. Area: 20.42 sq. miles.
Depth: 1943 feet, the deepest lake in the U.S. and 7th deepest in the world.
Volume: 4.9 trillion gallons
Surface Elevation: 9173 feet above sea level
The lake gains about 34 billion gallons of water each year, while evaporation (16 billion) and seepage (18 billion) give the lake a balance in volume and a constant depth.
The surface temperature ranges from 32° F (0° C) to 66° F (19° C) and at the bottom the temperature is 38° F (4° C) year round.
Transparency: Extremely high. An eight and a half inch disk was visible at 144 feet below the surface.
Kokanee salmon and rainbow trout were introduced to the lake by stocking. Aquatic insects and plants, crayfish, salamanders, sponges, nematodes, worms, zooplankton, phytoplankton and the Crater Lake mite have found homes here by one means or another.

Five photo panorama

Morning Sunshine

Even though the sun was already up, I did get some early morning shots

I really liked the way the clouds reflected off the water

Crater Lake's depth and extreme clarity allow sunlight to penetrate deep into the water. The longer wavelengths of light (reds, yellows and greens) are absorbed as they pass through the surface water, leaving only blue and violet wavelengths to be redirected back to the lake's surface. Around the edges where the water is less deep, some of the unabsorbed green sunlight is reflected back up.

Back to Rim Village

Devil's Backbone, Wizard Island and Llao Rock

Looking down the cliff

Llao Rock on the left. On the right is about as much of the lake one can get in one shot without a fisheye lens

Left: That dip in the rim is Discovery Point where many of the photgraphs on these pages were taken. Discovery Point is the site of John Wesley Hillman's "discovery" of Crater Lake in 1853.
Right: That spine of black rock behind Wizard Island is the Devils Backbone. The Devils Backbone is a vertical wall of dark andesite lining the cliff face and measuring about 1,000 feet long by 50 feet across near the top. A dike formed by molten lava that pushed open and then filled cracks as it forced its way up through the rock, then it solidified. It has been left standing open by the erosion of the surrounding softer material.

The Palisades with Round Top on top

Garfield Peak with Mount Scott in the background
These are vertical andesite palisades covered with lichens. Palisades Point at the left end of the Palisades is 507 feet (155 meters) above the water, lowest point on the caldera rim.
Near the right edge of the Palisades photo is a light area called the Wineglass, resembling a Martini glass. The Wineglass is a scree chute. The bowl of the glass is scree from the three Holocene pumice-fall deposits.
I took a walk around to the far side of the Rim Village Visitor Center and got the right photo above and another shot of the Phantom Ship Island below left.
Phantom Ship Island is exposed evidence of a volcano that existed at this spot and formed part of the Mount Mazama complex. Although it is as high as a 14-story building (more than 160 feet high) from this viewpoint is appeared to be the size of a toy sailboat.

The walk also yielded the photo above left. Then it was time to go.

Back in the Forest

I do not know where I was when I took the photo on the right. It looks like a bridge or ladder structure over Annie Spring before it feeds Annie Creek. I do remember the water was fast and noisy.

Looking back to where I was

These are really tall trees

This photo left over from above

The pinnacles here looked like giant icycles hanging down

I exited the park from the west entrance on OR Route 62

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