Monday, November 25, 2019

Crater Lake blues...

Wizard Island and Crater Lake...
Wizard Island in the middle of Crater Lake
The last time my wife and I saw Crater Lake was three years ago. At the time wild fire smoke lay over most of the state so we only saw it behind the haze.

This time we saw it under a sun-filled cloudless day... and it left us gobsmacked. My wife waited in the van -- we parked illegally on the side of a main road -- while I ran back to get a first glimpse and take a photo. When I saw the lake I ran back to the van and nearly shouted at her: "You have GOT to see the lake right now!"

Crater Lake should be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The colour of the water is impossible to believe. It's freakishly blue... almost a royal blue... so BLUE it almost seems to be glowing.

Crater Lake's rocky shoreline
The moon-like shoreline of Crater Lake...
The Internet tells me that the intense colour is the result of the lake's extreme depth and its extreme clarity. At nearly 2000 feet deep it is the third deepest freshwater lake in the world for average depth, and the deepest in the United States.

Because the water is so clear the sun's rays are able to penetrate deep into the water. This water absorbs the red end of the sun's spectrum. That leaves the blue light to be reflected which is why the water is that amazing shade.

Science!

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