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This was a tough image, shooting directly towards the sun to the west as it was setting. But the clouds highlighting Crater Lake were attractive to me, even though the landscape was blown out. The area gets lots of snow and there were ice floats still on the lake's surface in May.

Crater Lake's formation started about 400,000 years and continued with lava cone building and eruptions. Then about 5700 BC the volcanic mountain collapsed into itself during a tremendous volcanic eruption, losing about 3,500 feet of its height. A large caldera was created which started filling with water with surrounding melting snows. Today Crater Lake is 592 meters deep making it the deepest lake in the United States.

In 1902, Crater Lake became a National Park and a road was built around its perimeter for visitors.

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