I think about the Cascades as a necklace running thru Washington and Oregon and I consider Waldo Lake to be a jewel in that necklace. Waldo Lake has been described as 6,000 surface acres of distilled water. Water quality sampling and testing over the years confirm that it is simply one of the clearest and cleanest lakes in the world especially for a lake of its size. It puts Crater Lake to shame.
I got to spend last evening on the east shore photographing with my friend and fellow photographer Tim Giraudier. We had been looking at the weather forecast all day and determined that last night had potential to be a great evening. A weather front was due in on Tuesday – it got here – and sometimes those changes in weather make for interesting light.
There is a bit of photographic lore that provides ‘direction!’ for when to shoot landscape scenes – The Magic Hour. Basically 30 minutes before and after official sunset. We arrived at the lake about the beginning of that time frame and stayed for over an hour after. We both commented on how nice the first view we had was as we hiked up the trail along the lake edge but I think we both knew better was coming. We split up – I think we both shoot better when alone but I have to say having him with me during the drive in and out was a treat.
The first image below was taken about 30 minutes after official sunset.
I hiked south along the lake edge to see if I could find a location that would provide a different perspective on the lake and the sunset and got the image below. This was taken about an hour after official sunset. It was getting very dark in the trees and we both needed our headlights to follow the trail out to the parking lot.
It was a glorious evening – wonderful color over glass still water in a magical setting that we basically had to ourselves. I am sure the next storm will close access. Click for larger views and as always I welcome your comments and am grateful to you for looking. (Also if you are interested in the techy details of how I shot these images just ask and I would be happy to provide that information)