Started my day yesterday at 0430 on the road to Waldo Lake near the top of the Cascades. The lake has been described as 6,000 acres of distilled water. I believe it ranks as the 4th purest large lake in the world – certainly puts Crater Lake to shame. I drove into the Shadow Bay area with the idea of shooting at a place called The Point. I bet your figured out that it extends out into the lake.
The parking lot was relatively full but I only saw 2 other people in my time spend there – quiet, peaceful morning. Probably way too early for most folks even if camping. There was a lot of smoke in the basin from nearby wildfires. The light was very different due to the smoke but I thought it provided interesting images.
I followed the trail down to the lake shore and The Point and started my day shooting this scene. (Click for a larger view)
I wandered around the lake shore for about an hour and came upon a scene that I really liked. There was a small semi-vegetated island that was isolated in the big lake. I spent a lot of pixels trying to get this right but am still not convinced I did a great job. Time for another visit.
I have heard it said that what you concentrate on determines what you miss and I almost missed this wonderful natural bonsai tree on the lake shore. Spent some time circling it with tripod and camera and determined I liked the view that set it off against the lake with the Cascades in the background. Given the size of the trunk I would think this beauty is very old. Seems like it is right out of a Japanese woodblock print.