National park photo ops: Here’s the tree to frame Crater Lake

An old, weathered tree stands like a sentinel at Watchman Overlook high above Crater Lake in Oregon.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

An old, weathered tree stands like a sentinel near Watchman Overlook high above Crater Lake, a collapsed volcano that’s the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park. The conical Wizard Island is a smaller volcano that protrudes above the surface of the crystal blue water.

I used wide-angle lenses here and waited for the clouds to move into the right formations. Several times during this shoot, we had to run for cover from heavy rain. A few minutes after this picture was taken, the fog moved in and visibility was reduced to zero. A reminder: Mother Nature is still in control.

READ: At Crater Lake, Ore., sky and water become one, bathed in blue »


Crater Lake, a caldera nearly 2,000 feet deep and 4 1/2 to 6 miles across, is a mirror where a mountaintop should be.


In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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