~ Wizard Island ~
Crater Lake is one of the most scenic lakes in the world. The snow covered peaks and the pristine blue colors of the water are unparallel..... it's one of my favorite places to photograph. I arrived at the south crater rim on a chilly morning in mid-February. To my surprise, the entire caldera was completely obscured by a thick layer of clouds. I snowshoed for 3.5 miles before making my ascend on Watchman Peak. Shortly before noon, the clouds broke and I had a clear view of the landscape. The 8,013 foot summit has stunning views of several peaks, the six mile wide caldera, and the deep blue water that makes this place magical.