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Monday, April 14, 2014

"L" is for Lassen Volcanic National Park



Kings Creek Falls
Kings Creek Falls, National Parks Service photo
Lassen Volcanic National Park sounds like a perfect place for the photographer to visit. If it has boiling mud pots, I will love it because I considered the mud pots the most scenic spots in Yellowstone. Waterfalls are wonderful for photos and paintings as well. The Kings Creek Falls is a beautiful example of the kind of scenes that draw visitors to National Parks.

Established in 1916, Lassen is one of our nation's oldest National Parks. Lassen Peak is still considered an active volcano although it has not erupted since 1917. Steam and ashes spewed from the volcano from 1914 to the early months of 1915. Then in May 1915, the top of the mountain exploded creating devastation a mile wide and three miles long. Lassen Peak has been quiet since 1921.

Is a visit to Lassen possible while visiting Crater Lake? Lassen in California is about 250 miles from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and a four and 1/2 hour drive. We probably won't do it this summer, but Lassen is a National Park worth the visit. Mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, and waterfalls make a photographer's dream.















10 comments:

Suzanne Furness said...

I was lucky enough to visit Lassen four years ago. An amazing place and definitely well worth a visit. Thanks for bringing back some happy memories with this post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So it became a park right after it erupted?

Holly Jahangiri said...

Bumpass Hell was so named after the guy who found it burned his leg off in it.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Climbing into volcanoes sounds dangerous, Holly!

Bob Sanchez said...

Lassen sounds lovely. We enjoyed the smelly, boiling mud in Yellowstone.

njmagas said...

What a beautiful waterfall. You're write, that would be the perfect place to set up an easel and just paint all day. :)

Udita Banerjee said...

What a beautiful picture! You're lucky to live in such a gorgeous country :)
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Mary Montague Sikes said...

Suzanne, wonderful you have visited Lassen. Thanks for visiting!

Alex, the timing does sound a bit crazy!

Bob, it's funny I only remember the glorious colors in the Yellowstone mudpots, not the smell.

Njmagas, I love this waterfall photo. Think I'll take pictures, then go to my studio to paint.

Udita, we are indeed fortunate to have these magnificent National Parks.

Julie Flanders said...

I've never heard of this one. How interesting. And I love the falls in the pic.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Julie, I never heard of it before either. Surprising, since it looks really interesting!