It was mid-August 2016 and I would get up early in the morning along with my 2 fellow photographers with whom I enjoyed a photographic tour of the west coast of the United States in the state of Oregon.
The plan for that day was to eat breakfast early and drive 5 hours 40 minutes to our destination; “Crater Lake” a beautiful blue lake at 5,000 feet high located inside the crater of an extinct old volcano. Spend the dusk that day and then return to our hotel driving another 5 hours back.
It is a fact that the itinerary of a landscape photographer is rough, but sometimes great sacrifices have to be made to obtain great results. And I do not skimp if it’s about making good landscaping photography.
Already in the afternoon and just one hour from our final destination our bodies called for a break from the limitations of space that traveling in an automobile imposes on our limbs. So we decided to get to the side of the road in a place where there was only pavement and a rather arid view for the place.
We were on 138 South Highway less than an hour from Crater Lake. When I got out of the car and as I lifted my body, I looked up, and in the distance, I saw this beautiful mountain at the bottom of an imposing valley. Without missing a minute because I knew that there would be very little time I took my camera and made some three or four pictures of the place.
We were in the presence of Mountain Thielsen or Big Cowhorn, an extinct shield volcano in the Oregon High Cascades, near Mount Bailey. Because eruptive activity ceased 250,000 years ago, glaciers have heavily eroded the volcano’s structure, creating precipitous slopes and a horn-like peak. The spire-like shape of Thielsen attracts lightning strikes and creates fulgurite, an unusual mineral. The prominent horn forms a centerpiece for the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, a reserve for recreational activities such as skiing and hiking.
During that short period of time I was captivated by the beautiful view, the majestic Thielsen mountain with its beautiful white peak colored blue by an impressive sky, the mountain framed by a beautiful forest of pines that in their flakes already showed the traces left by the Winter season approaching and in the foreground the imposing valley contrasting the scene with its colors created by the arid climate of the area.
Undoubtedly a beautiful place with its own personality, which invites you to stay in it for a long period of time.
Today I share with you this beautiful view through this landscape photograph that is part of my portfolio of limited edition photographs.
Other notes of the place:
The area was originally inhabited by Chinook Native Americans, who referred to the mountain as “Hischokwolas”. Jon Hurlburt, a Polish explorer, renamed the volcano after Hans Thielsen, a railroad engineer and builder who played a major role in the construction of the California and Oregon Railroad.
Thielsen and the rest of the Crater Lake area features heavily into 19th- and early 20th-century exploration and tourism. In May 22, 190, Theodore Roosevelt designated the lake and surrounding area a national park.