Crater Lake Photos

Over July 4 weekend, Sue and I went to Crater Lake. This is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed when Mt. Mazama erupted about 8000 years ago then collapsed in on itself, leaving a deep crater that eventually filled with water. The lake is famous for its blue color, caused by the purity of the water. Wizard Island in the lake is a cinder cone formed by an eruption after the collapse.

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Crater Lake, with Wizard Island.
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Me with Wizard Island.
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Crater Lake.
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A shallow cove in the lake. Yes, it really was that color.
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Sue and Crater Lake.
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Crater Lake.
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Crater Lake. You can see the water changes color in the shallower parts.
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Mt. Jefferson in the background, with another crater in front of it.
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The cliff behind Sue was covered in green lichen or moss.
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Sue and I in front of the lake.
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Wizard Island.
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Sue.
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Me.
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Sue and I.
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The water was in different colors around Wizard Island.
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Crater Lake.
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Mt. Thyssen (spelling?).
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One hike we did went up the back of this cliff.
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The other ended at this meadow on top of a small peak. There were good views all around from it.
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This picture was supposed to include the lake. But since I was holding the camera as I took it, I didn't notice that our heads were right in the way.
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The lake near sunset.
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The hike down to the shore.
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The lake, as seen from the boat ride.
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You can just barely see the lodge on the crater rim from here.
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A stream running down into the lake.
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