The Summer Milky Way in the northern hemisphere rises above the Crater Lake in Oregon, Unites States. Bright star Deneb and constellation Cygnus is visible on the far left. The next bright star is Altair near the middle. At the right end the bright region of the Milky Way central bulge, hosted by the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius, is prominent. The bright stars on the right end is Antares at the heart of the scorpion. Crater Lake is a 10km wide volcanic caldera with maximum depth of about 600 meters (the deepest lake in the US). It is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The rim of the Crater Lake reaches altitude of 2400 meters. That’s why in this early summer view parts of the edge are still snow-covered. The caldera was formed about 7700 years ago by collapse of a volcano. The local tribe of Native Americans, who may have witnessed the collapse of volcano and the formation of the crater, have long regarded this lake a sacred spiritual site. Their legends tell of a battle between the sky god the god of the underworld and the volcano (Mount Mazama) was destroyed in the battle, creating Crater Lake.



comments (7)

  • Inkfiend Reply

    Totaly awesum! That whole southern part of OR. is me fav! Beautiful shot~

    August 6, 2010 at 12:09 am
  • jim garasich Reply

    Way to go Wally!

    August 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm
  • Janet Greek Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for posting this! Aren’t we lucky to live in Oregon.

    August 13, 2010 at 12:21 am
  • Theresa Werda Monahan Reply

    This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing, without your efforts, I would have never seen it.

    Thank you!

    August 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm
  • Michael Moore Reply

    This is the spot I finally got to stand at last summer, only it was mid afternoon. Amazing what our star hides from view at mid day.
    You managed to capture an amazing moment from an exceptionally peaceful location of a timeless struggle in our Milky Way.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • Luc Reply

    light on the horizon would be the rising sun, I guess …

    July 1, 2013 at 10:34 am
  • K. Thompson Reply

    Thank you for that. One of the most beautiful photos ever seen.

    September 25, 2016 at 5:51 am

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