Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park (Part 1) - California, USA

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

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Today I have photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, USA. Photos from this part will be split into 2 parts. In my opinion, Lassen Volcanic National Park feels a bit like a mini-Yellowstone. The park features many geothermal features and a volcano, Lassen Peak. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range and the highest point in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The peak is about 5,229 ft (1,594 m) high. One of the most famous places in the park is Bumpass Hell (requires a bit of hiking) which includes many steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs.

Travel Advice: Please note if you are planning to visit this park or similar places (such as Yellowstone), please stay on the designated boardwalks around the geothermal areas! People has been burned alive after falling through the thin crust after going off trail! You have been warned. Also, these places aren't for the weak or frail. I had a headache for 2 days after visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park. I suspect I was mildly poisoned from all the sulfur fumes I breathed down while photographing the geothermal areas. You should try to minimize your exposure to the fumes. These are just advice from me. I am no doctor and all the recommendations are based solely off of personal experience. You follow the advice at your own risk. The photographer can not be held responsible for any injuries or death as result of following these advice.

First stop, Manzanita Lake inside Lassen Volcanic National Park near the entrance. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 32 15 N 121 34 14 W 

 Next photo is near Hot Rock also pretty close to the entrance. At Hot Rock, you can see a giant rock that fell out of the volcano... The lighting wasn't so good at the time, so I decided to get a shot of the forest behind it instead. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 32 06 N 121 29 26 W 

This is not Hot Rock but was at a view point near there. I think this was another volcanic rock that came out during an eruption. Can't remember too well. Gotta start taking notes in the field. HAHA
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 30 59 N 121 27 56 W 

Scenery inside the park. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 31 00 N 121 27 56 W 

 Still in that view point from the big rock above. I think these are a type of obsidian. Not too sure. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 30 57 N 121 27 59 W 


I now move away from the view point above and go to Summit Lake. The water was cold as usual. Not sure how those people are managing to swim in the lake...
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 29 38 N 121 25 27 W 

 Two photos from Upper Meadow. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 227 35 N 121 28 03 W 

 A photo shot near Kings Creek. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 28 30 N 121 30 21 W 


This photo is facing the Lassen Peak I was talking about the description at the beginning.  
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 28 30 N 121 30 21 W 

Photo from Lake Helen. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 28 02 N 121 30 32 W 

I now begin my hike into Bumpass Hell.
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 59 N 121 30 43 W 

 The trail of Bumpass Hell. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 39 N 121 30 30 W 


A arrive at the geothermal area of Bumpass Hell. Here is a steam vent. By the time I got there, it was near sunset. You will see quite some contrast and color differences in the photos shot here. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 27 N 121 30 11 W  

The hot springs in the area. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 27 N 121 30 10 W  

More photos from Bumpass Hell and the steam vents. Same location as above. 

The off flow of the hot springs in the area. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 26 N 121 30 08 W  

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with the rest of my photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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