Evening photo: Crater Lake, Oregon

A brilliant sunrise illuminates a fresh blanket of snow at Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park. To capture this amazing shot of the sun peeking over the rim of the lake — creating a natural sunstar — Alex Noriega had to snowshoe for miles to the park’s west rim, and the extra effort paid off. This photo, taken February 2015, includes views of Wizard Island, Mount Scott and Garfield Peak.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Wow….beautiful! It’s so stunning that you think it must be fake, like those photos of Lake Louise, Alberta.

  • Brett_McS

    I’ve been there in the summer and got a photo on an absolutely still day, that produced a perfect reflection of the mountainous rim in the lake water – it was like a mirror. Although it was on film, it looks photoshopped.

  • Bataviawillem

    Awesome photo.

  • AlanUK

    Beautiful. IMHO, no sign of photoshopping – the shadows are too complex to bother.
    Just a little worrying to think this was once an explosive volcano. Beauty comes from disaster.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      It can still erupt. No volcano along the Pacific Ring of Fire is truly extinct. Most recently, it was Mt. St. Helens.