CRATER LAKE UNIVERSE
Photo credit: John H. Moore: CLICK photo to view full size as well as links and info below.
What a shot from Crater Lake, Oregon. Taken in early June 2013 the green hue of the Aurora Borealis and a hint of Air Glow light the night sky with the Milky Way galaxy perfectly arched above. Its photos like this that show you what you can accomplish with experience, planning and patience……the setting doesn’t hurt either.
A quick bit of information on Crater Lake http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm
Formerly Mount Mazama it erupted about 7700 years ago creating the beautiful vista seen today. Its crater in total is 2148 ft. deep (Though filled to a maximum of 1943 ft. with water), and about 6 miles long at its longest. An interesting fact is that there are no rivers in or out of the caldera lake and its estimated that its water comes only from snow melt and precipitation while the rate of evaporation takes about 250 years to fully evaporate all the water out of the lake.
While evaporation takes place, new water is being rained, snowed and melted in to create a fresh supply. 2 small islands break the water’s surface, “Wizard Island” (The prominent cinder cone island) and “Phantom Ship”. Another interesting feature is the “Old Man of the Lake”; A tree stump (Formerly a full sized tree) that’s been bobbing up and down in place for over a century. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, the second deepest lake in North America (After Great Slave Lake in Canada) and 7th deepest lake in the world.
John H. Moore page for this photo: http://johnhmoore.com/featured/Crater-Lake-Milky-Way.html
NASA APOD page for this photo: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130619.html
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