We took a brief trip to Crater Lake with the express purpose of climbing Mt Scott.
We pretty much ignored the rest of the park. Seems like a shame, perhaps, but
having lived most of my life within a few minutes drive of the park it wasn't a big
deal. The 2 1/2 mile hike is not strenuous, but the combination of heat and
mosquitoes can be taxing. All 10 of us made it to the top in 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours.
The descent took 30 minutes to an hour. My goal for the trip was to acquire a
wide-separation stereographic image of the lake from the top of the mountain.
(The results were spectacular - a 12x22 inch full color anaglyph print.) That goal
achieved, I trained my camera on a few other subjects nearby, but for the most
part it was a family event, not a photographic expedition.
1. Viola purpurea var. venosa - these little guys are maybe 3/8ths of an inch across...
2. Anemone occidentalis
3. Hiker-babe at the top of Mt Scott - only a little blood from smashed mosquitoes soil that nice white shirt!
4. (some of) The rest of the gang - The blur in the sky is a butterfly - there were blowing by like autumn leaves
5. Mt Thielsen to the north (B&W to avoid discoloration and dense haze in that direction)
6. Polemonium pulcherrimum var. pilosum
7. Looking up to the summit of Mt Scott from the trailhead - When I was a kid I came right down the face of the mountain. It is fine, loose pumice and you can generate a great deal of speed before a giant jump and slide. That was many, many years before they posted don't do it signs all along the top ridge. It was great fun and only took a few minutes! My apologies to the environment.
8. A baby thunderhead
9. A white pine and a juvenile thunderhead
10. Phantom Ship