A cold summer day at Crater Lake.

One of great perks of living in southern Oregon is our proximity to Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is one of my favorite places, and we usually try to go there at least once a year. Often it’s 2 or 3 times a year, and over the past 10 years I’ve been up there over 20 times. It’s always interesting going up there, as the lake basically has its own weather system, regardless of what’s happening in the rest of Oregon.

In early July Tiffany, Etta, and I, decided to go up one Sunday. I think it was nearly 90 degrees fahrenheit down in Talent, and by the time we got up near the rim, it was raining and 36 degrees fahrenheit. We barely saw the lake itself since the fog was so thick. It was a bit warmer down lower on the south side, so we decided to brave the weather and hike up to the Phantom Ship overlook. It was a long, cold, wet hike, and my powerchair nearly quit 3 times, but it was worth the trouble and we had fun nonetheless. We also stopped on the way at place called Natural Bridge, near Union Creek. It’s a really cool place where the Rogue River is running through lava tubes, and the river actually goes underground for a ways and then comes roaring out of the rock downstream.

Despite having been up there so many times, and with the different weather, I’m usually able to find new photo opportunities. I brought my Bronica ETRSI kit with a roll of expired 220 FujiPro 160C that I had loaded a month before and really needed to finish. It can take forever to finish 30 frames in a medium format camera. I’ve been shooting a lot of expired film recently. Not something I decided to do, it just kinda happened. Expired film can really be hit or miss, but I seemed to get lucky with this batch of Fuji 160C.

The weather made it a bit difficult to take photos, but I got a few, and I’m happy with what I got.


Rogue River at Natural Bridge #1 

Rogue River at Natural Bridge #2

Park Headquarters

Phantom Ship in Fog

Trees in Fog


  1. Karen Rycheck September 6, 2016

    Very nice! I haven’t been up there in a while. Time for a trip!

  2. Kevin Rosinbum September 6, 2016

    That’s one of the best ghost ship shots I remember seeing!

  3. David Salmon September 6, 2016

    Lovely. It sounds so unique with all the features and special environment. Some day! I love the fogs, they remind me of Maine.

  4. Swift1 September 7, 2016

    Thank you, Kevin.

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