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John Hight August 8 - Photo Stream

There are several Crater Lake boat tours available, and they are the only way to get on the lake unless you're a ranger or a researcher. Wizard Island formed after the collapse of Mount Mazama, while the lake filled with rain and snow melt. The animals on the island made their way across a land bridge, which flooded as the lake rose, leaving them to develop as unique sub-species. The island is accessible by shuttle boat and has a trail leading to the top of the cinder cone, where you look can look into the 90 foot-deep crater.


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John Hight July 30 - Photo Stream

This picture was taken just past the Visitors Center at Crater Lake National Park on the Rim Trail. The haze catches the light and gives lovely warm tones in the sky and on the lake surface. The trees and the rim of the crater lead you to the center, where the pool of light draws you into the scene. The smoke provides a good contrast between the foreground and background. The tones in the front are dark, and in the distance we see muted colors that have a matte finish. This smokey light gives the overall tone of the image a soft and ethereal feeling.

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John Hight July 29 - Photo Stream

Sitting in the smoke-filled basin of Crater lake, Wizard Island looks somewhat mystical ... as if there is a wizard brewing up some potion. Crater Lake National Park is a fascinating place, even when there are fires and smoke in the area. Wizard Island, a cinder cone, was formed after the initial collapse of Mount Mazama as water was filling the basin of Crater Lake. Initially, a land bridge existed between the rim of Crater Lake and Wizard Island, which allowed animals to populate the Island. As the basin filled in with more water, the land bridge was flooded leaving the animals cut off. So, over these many years, unique species have developed suited to the island life.

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