Oregon is situated on the west coast of the United States in The Pacific Northwest. It is surrounded by Washington State in the north, to the east by Idaho, to the south by the states of Nevada and California, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean.
The state capital of Oregon is Salem with a population of approximately 174,000. Oregon’s largest city is Portland with a population of 653,155. The total population of Oregon is 4.2 million people. Oregon is 255,026 square kilometers in size and it has one of the most diverse landscapes in the United States. Traveling throughout this state, you will find high deserts, mountains, volcanoes, forests, shrublands, and numerous bodies of water. The climate varies significantly throughout this state. The western region has an Oceanic climate; the southwest has a Mediterranean climate; the northeast has a Steppe climate with a Subarctic climate in higher elevations.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY OF OREGON
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902 in southwestern Oregon and is the only national park in Oregon. It is 741 square kilometers in size and surrounds Crater Lake – the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 1,943 feet. Crater Lake was formed within a cauldron like hollow of a now dormant volcano. It is 5 miles in diameter and is known for the clarity of its pristine water.
Crater Lake is also known for 3 interesting ‘must-see’ sites:
1. Wizard Island is aptly named. This wizard hat shaped volcanic island is situated within Crater Lake and rises 767 feet above the lake’s surface.
2. Phantom Ship Island eerily resembles a large sailing ship emerging 160 feet above the surface of Crater Lake.
3. Old Man of the Lake is an ancient hemlock tree stump that has been baffling many tourists for over 100 years as it floats upright and not tethered in Crater Lake.