CRATER LAKE EXPANSE
Image Credit & Copyright: Rick Parchen. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and more of Rick’s links.
Here’s an amazing image of the Milky Way galaxy stretching over the iconic Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains, Klamath County, Oregon. As with many images like this, it’s not as simple as just going to a dark sky site, shooting some images and coming home. You can do that (it’s pretty much what I do) but to come up with the detail in your images like Rick does, it takes data; lots of data. This is actually a stitched panorama of 24 separate images taken over the course of an entire night THEN painstakingly processed into the image you see here. These guys and girls don’t get enough credit in my opinion. If you like this image (And how can ya not?!) go have a look at more of Rick’s amazing work.
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.
Rick Parchen Photography: http://www.parchenphotography.com/nightphotography
500px page for this photo: http://500px.com/photo/53385804