Sunset at Mount Shasta, CA, 2014

Karin Ott

I think this image has the potential to be one of my favorite shots of the whole trip though of course it’s hard to say when we’re still at it.

Taking an evening walk at sunset by Mount Shasta I noticed two kinds of people. There were most of what I termed ‘yoga people’ but there were also two photographers – easily distinguished from the yoga people by the lack of dreadlocks and the use of shoes and vests 🙂 I noticed what they were shooting and quickly followed their lead before the light was gone with this result.


Karin Ott

I admit I haven’t seen a whole lot of mountains but among the ones I have seen this is one of my favorites – Mount Shasta. It’s an old vulcano (another one) in Northern California. It lies by itself so it’s very impressive and can be seen from far away. There’s usually a lot more snow on the top but sadly California was seriously lacking in precipitation this winter, causing a serious draught this year.

I have seen both prettier and more impressive pictures of Mount Shasta. The special thing about this image is I was there and I took it 🙂

Crater Lake, OR, US 2014

Karin Ott


Crater Lake is a vulcano that blew its top over 7000 years ago, sealed the bottom with lava and let the crater fill with water like a huge basin. It is the second largest lake in the US. It lies in 2.5 km with the original crater standing 4 km. tall.

Heavens know I took a lot of pictures during our short visit but when I saw this one, framed on both sides, I knew I had my ‘post card’. Again I was using my new FX camera.

McMenamins, Bend, US, 2014

Karin Ott

I got a new camera. Not a replacement but a major upgrade, from Nikon D5100 to D610. If this is greek to you, don’t worry. You can live quite happily, probably more so, without knowing about cropped sensors and full frame. Let’s just say that I am very happy, intrigued – and not yet able to figure out all the settings. But what better place to practice than on a US vacation. Because I have to figure out the settings to take the images I want to take along the way.

Here are the first few examples from my current vacation. I’m sure many more will follow in due time 🙂

This image is from the soaking pool at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR – a catholic school from 1936 turned into a hotel, brew pub, movie theatre and more.