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Name: Schmengie
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I went back up to Crater Lake before dawn this morning. (Lots of pics and vids)

As I mentioned in the other thread, I planned on driving back up and attempting to do a TimeLapse of the sun rising over the lake.

I got that done, and it is included below, but I am not very happy with the way it turned out, frankly. I might have gotten better results using my iPhone 8, instead of this 3 year old iPad, but oh well!

It captured part of what I was hoping to get, and that is the sun lighting up the western side of the Caldera.

I took several other short vids with my phone, as well as numerous photos, all contained herein.

Since I am driving a relay leg that starts at 3:00 AM, getting up really early for a roughly 1:45, 77 mile drive on my only day off was no biggie. I left my hotel just about 4:30 and arrived at the parking area at about ten after 6. It was just above 20 F when I got there, so not too terribly cold, but a brisk wind didn’t make for warm conditions, of course. I do have the cold weather gear, as you’ll see. The only people I saw the entire 2 hours I was there were 3 Park Service Rangers who stopped by to service the restrooms. The only other company was a couple of Ravens who I’m sure found me an annoyance, more than anything!

The lake surface was affected by the winds, so there was no glass smooth reflection like yesterday.
All in all, an interesting and quite different way to spend my morning hours!


This is what the light was like when I set up the tripod. I wanted to get up there earlier, But...well....you know! Sleep and all!

Short vid after I set up the Tripod

A mountain on the eastern rim wearing a lovely pink hue as the sun rose behind it

Toward the west rim

The sun just reaching the top of what I think is “Hillman Peak” on the western rim

Short vid taken about that time. I sound muffled because I put on a full face mask, as the windchill was in the teens, I would guess.

One of the two Ravens that were hanging about. Giving me the cold shoulder, it appears!

The lake looked cold and rather angry this morning!

A bit of light at the top of “The Watchman”

The sun completely lighting up the west rim now.

And a vid taken about that time;

Necessary headwear at that altitude!

The sun rising over the peak to the east, the shuttered Crater Lake Lodge sleeps and awaits guests that will accompany the spring thaw

And casting my shadow

The sun has reached the lake on the west side! Glorious morning!

And the vid to go with it!

And now the TimeLapse. Unfortunately the program I used shut off after about 90 minutes or so! Pissed me off, but oh well. I also moved the tripod a couple times, which was a mistake (I should have just found the right spot to begin with, but I was rushing to catch the light) and I shifted the aim a couple times.

A last look as I packed up and headed down

I’ve been lucky in my life to be able to travel as much as I have, and taking little side trips like this when possible makes the days spent on the road all the more worth it.

I hope you have enjoyed these photos and vids as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Travel as much as you can! Stay safe, folks.

Posted by A HERETIC I AM | Mon Mar 1, 2021, 04:53 PM (17 replies)

I'm in Medford, Oregon. I drove up to Crater Lake. Un Bloody Real. (Video added)

This is from the southern rim. The water was so flat calm, the distant rim was a perfect mirror. This is about 7000’ altitude, and the water is over 1000’ below me.

I have a lot more, and am heading back up before dawn to get a Timelapse of the sunrise

What an incredible spectacle

By the way, I realize that doesn’t look real, but I promise you, it is a real photograph, taken about 4:30 or so Pacific time, today, Sunday, February 28, 2021, on my iPhone 8

It was breathtaking. It was truly hard to discern where the water ended and the land began, the water was so flat calm. Utterly gorgeous.

Here’s the video I took using my tripod

Posted by A HERETIC I AM | Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:53 AM (46 replies)
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