Such a tease.
It was good 10 minutes prior, underwhelming 5 minutes prior, then completely underwhelming 5 minutes later at sunrise.
This was the best it got.
Still not shabby.
A completely different view of the sunrise at Crater Lake than I’ve ever taken in. I’ve always been on the opposite rim, northeast to southeast. The goal has always been to get the sunlight on the rim walls, which makes it magical. I had a hunch about this sunrise, taken from this angle, hoping that I’d get a good red glow under the clouds of the storm moving in from the west.
Well, a hunch and the reality of a time crunch, since I had to meet people down off the rim just 39 minutes after sunrise.
Hints. Teases. But that’s all.
Still not shabby.
Then just 45 minutes later, I was meeting a film crew. After that we spent the next five hours filming what will probably be a total of 7 minutes of screen time on an upcoming TV show for the Travel Channel.
They were interested in seeing how we used century old 2-person crosscut saws to clear fallen trees from trails, with Crater Lake as a backdrop. I was interested in seeing how they used their Epic RED cameras and kit to create shows.
A fair trade.
And all parties agreed, a day with this as our office is a great day indeed.
Just 24 hours later, this view would have been completely shrouded in the clouds that the storm brought in. Based on the webcam views just off and a bit below the rim to the south, this view would have been completely covered in several inches of snow. The first of the year, a promise of a good winter.
Just for fun and spatial awareness, this viewpoint is exactly between the two peaks that the moon set between during last week’s lunar eclipse. From this angle, Watchman Peak is to my right (south), while Hillman Peak is to my left (north). The spot where I took the image of that moonset is directly across the lake, at frame center, below the summit of Mount Scott.
Hopefully the early mornings have been as good to you.