Crater Lake Blue

“A certain blue enters your soul.”

~Henri Matisse


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Crater Lake and Wizard Island


Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a massive volcanic eruption left a deep basin where a mountain peak once stood. Centuries of rain and snow filled the basin forming a deep blue lake whose waters are of unmatched color and clarity. It’s the deepest lake in the United States. 

~National Park Service 


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Crater Lake


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Summer Snow


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Boat Crossing


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Crater Lake and Pines


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Wizard Island Detail


“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

~Wallace Stegner


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Cloud Reflections


Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon



Crater Lake, National Park, Nature, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Oregon

Ripple Effect

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  1. Fascinating details of how it came to be; & so beautifully captured- – Who knew? Tis Fun to travel so many places via your lens, eye & wonderous spirit Jane ! Thank you for sharing!

  2. wow Jane….so so beautiful !!!! love each Frame !!

  3. I have been away. I am glad I found this post. So beautiful. I bet you it is cold – or can you not swim in it?

  4. Such beautiful photos!

  5. OMG…absolutely spectacular!!!! WOW….i am truly blown away by these gorgeous shots Jane….a must see for sure!!

  6. Wonderful! This is a place I have always wanted to visit. Now, seeing your fantastic images I’ve moved it up on my bucket list!

  7. It’s somewhat embarrassing that although Crater Lake is only a 4-5 hour drive, it’s probably been 30 years since I’ve been there – and my wife never has. Your photos are a reminder, what the heck are we waiting for?

    • Hi Dave, Fun that these images whet your appetite for a return especially for your wife to experience Crater. It’s a commitment but well worth the drive.
      Pleased you enjoyed the photos- thanks very much.

  8. Yes, you surely got the blues, Jane! 😉 My favorite is “Cloud Reflections.” The “Wizard Island Detail” makes me want to get down there and explore.

  9. Talk about a vivid blue color of the lake. Beautiful!
    Hello from Santa Fe. 🙂

  10. How long ago was it that we were there together but not Jane? A very long time. How terrific that you were able to revisit and have another go at capturing the incredible scenery. Great series.

  11. Wonderful collection of the beautiful Crater Lake scenery, Jane. Takes ‘blue’ to a lovely level and displays that the blues aren’t always woeful.

  12. I love those blues and crisp images, Jane!

  13. Lucky you. This is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.

  14. Stunning, Jane! What a wonderful perspective you had from above the lake. Wallace Stegner is a favorite!

    • Thanks so much, Susan. You’re right, it’s an exciting perspective looking down especially imagining the volcano blowing its top! Glad you like the quote….everyone should experience the tranquil beauty of the National Parks, 💙

  15. Love the cool color tone from the pictures. They help you feel cool in these hot summer days around here.

  16. One of those places on my “bucket list”. Thanks, little Sister, for taking halfway there.
    Hope you & Bob are well!

  17. Wow, your photos are absolutely breathtaking Jane! I have wanted to visit Crater Lake for years and just haven’t gotten there yet. Stunning shots!

  18. These are stunning vistas Jane!

  19. Wow, I love your gorgeous photographs, Jane. Thanks so much.

  20. Wow I love all the blues.. 🙂

  21. Wow, Jane, what an awesome scene

  22. Beautiful blues – and the Stegner lines say it so well. Thanks, Jane!

  23. SO gorgeous – I love that rich blue! Thanks for sharing these, Jane. 🙂

  24. Gorgeously captured, I absolutely love “Cloud Reflections”! ❤

  25. We visited Crater Lake last Fall and your photos bring back fond memories. Our friends took us on the drive around the Rim and it was spectacular.

  26. These are lovely images, really captures the atmosphere of Crater Lake. It is one of my favourite places I have visited in the USA, camped overnight and watched the stars.

    • Thanks so much, Conspicari. I’m so glad you’ve been there and in reading more about the park, I read it’s one of the darkest at night… what a sight that must have been! 🤗

  27. Group of unusually good landscape images which captured the color and sense of place.

  28. Beautiful! looks like distilled coolness to me. In that Boat Crossing photo, it looks like they’re beginning to write something in a beautiful cursive.

  29. Gorgeous presentation of a beautiful piece of nature, Jane! That blue is just amazing.

    I love the Wallace Stegner quote and think we need more parks to get us back to finding the best in us.

    • Thanks so much, Ellen. So glad you enjoyed these.
      I couldn’t agree more- the National Parks are treasures and I hope everyone experiences the wonder and solace in them at some point in their lives….like now.

  30. Now, that is BLUE.

  31. Great perspectives, Jane. I loved the abstraction in Reflections.

  32. Blue…how I love your series…..

  33. Must be the ‘Yves Klein Blue’… Fine series, Jane!

  34. Wow, an amazing place. Beautiful images.

  35. It is beautiful in a strange way. It looks a harsh environment is there much wildlife? Great landscapes Jane.

    • Thanks, Brian. We had a stellar day there!
      It can be harsh- it’s a subalpine climate at almost 7,000 feet with snow on the ground in summertime (although it’s warm) – they get over 500 inches a year. The surrounding areas are wooded and there’s an abundance of wildlife — birds, elk, bears, coyote and small mammals.
      I’m pleased you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

  36. so blue beautifully captured, Jane!
    nice having gotten its good angles with pleasant light.
    makes me feel like i’m there, kinda.
    i was there recently on my journey. i managed a few photos. 🙂

  37. Wow! Very beautiful pictures!😊

  38. Absolutely fabulous.
    The National Parks of America are gigantic, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful
    Here in Europe, we do not have that (but we have something else), and I’m happy to see such images

    • Hi Yoshimi, I’m so glad you enjoyed this series. Visiting National Parks is a favorite thing to do- I find such beauty and serenity in them. You have much beauty where you live, too. Thanks very much for your comment and visit here. Merci beaucoup!

  39. How blue can it get. Beautiful pictures. The cloud reflexions are like little dot’s of cotton.

  40. You’re inching closer to my neck of the ‘woods’. Have to admire your shots of Crater Lake. I’ve always found it to be an impossible challenge. I considered it to be a ‘one trick pony’ every time I’ve been there. Whatever the season. You, however, with your clear and clever eye made it into something special. I am, as ever, impressed with your vision.

    • Hi Gunta, You are so sweet– thank you, I really appreciate it. I bet with your skills you’ve gotten some great shots here. I do know what you mean, though- it’s a real challenge to settle in and find some landscape shots with that big circle and cone staring up at you. 😃 Since you’ve been, I’m happy that you like what you see here- it’s such a spectacular and overwhelming place!

  41. Oh wow, Jane!
    Such a fascinating geological feature!
    Such brilliant colours!
    And such beautiful images!

  42. Absolutely gorgeous image Jane 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  43. Beautiful work, Jane!

  44. Only time I’ve been here it was snowing so beautiful Jane ☺️💫 smiles Hedy

    • Hi Hedy, Oh, how wonderful! I’ve seen quite a bit of snow on the ground there in early summer. The contrast of the blues and snow is spectacular. Happy these brought back good memories. Thanks very much. 🤗💙

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