Crater Lake by Christie MacLean in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA

Because of the depth and clarity of Crater Lake, the water absorbs all the colors of the spectrum except for blue. Those wavelengths bounce back and make the water appear blue. Also, it is the deepest lake in the United States. When I found out that you could swim in the lake, I couldn’t help but add it to my summer goals list.

Name:Christie MacLean

Place you live: Portland, Oregon

Place your photo was taken: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Can you sum up Portland? A city that feels like a small town surrounded by rivers, forest, lakes, and volcanoes.

Occupation: Study abroad advisor for high school students

Preoccupation: Day trip planner, traveler, and photographer

A perfect day in Portland? Trip to a river or lake nearby by day, and picnic with friends by night.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Walk across the bridges, explore the neighborhoods, drink a lot of coffee, eat good food, and get in a car and drive to nature.

A perfect meal in Portland? Brunch at Sweedeedee in North Portland.

What is the best thing about your spot? Endless amount of swimming holes to discover.

What is the worst? Summer seems to start later than everywhere else. July 4th on the dot.

A little known fact about where you live? Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

Where is your favorite place in the world? New England, Prince Edward Island, Canada & Istanbul, Turkey

Who are your three favorite photographers? Erin McCown – Sarah Meadows – Damian Riehl