Photo © Sina Kelvani


Paintings With Light

Paintings With Light
by Dr. Christian Klepp

At sunset, the Crater Lake volcano in the Cascade Range in Oregon is shrouded in the smoke of a wild fire ignited by lightning strike. The devastating eruption of the stratovolcano Mount Mazama 6900 years ago emptied the interior of the volcano. Under its own weight, the volcano collapsed into a ring structure. This rare light condition of the smoke at sunset painted the landscape in soft yellow colors that resemble a pastel painting.