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Majestic, Mystical Mount Shasta
Thursday 26 February 2015   —   Category: Shooting




The first time I ever saw the 14,179-foot Mount Shasta was from the air. It was in 1980 — I had just graduated from high school, and I was flying from San Franciso to Vancouver, B.C. with my family for a vacation. With my beloved Pentax Spotmatic F, I took over 200 slides on that trip (with real film!), including this shot of the highest volcano in the Cascades of Northern California.

Decades later, in 2007, a year after I had moved to Oregon, I took a Highway 97 road trip from Prince George, B.C. 1,170 miles to Weed, California, at the foot of Mount Shasta. As each mile went by on the last stage of my journey — the 70 miles from Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Weed — the snow-shrouded volcano dominated the landscape more and more. It was a glorious end to my longest photo outing.

For the past ten years, I have been driving by the massive, awe-inspiring Mount Shasta at least twice a year, as I travel to and fro between my home in Albany, Oregon, and my parents’ house in Santa Maria, on the California Central Coast.

In 2012 I had a second opportunity to view the Shasta-Trinity region from the air. My parents were giving my teen children their old car, and I had to fly down to Santa Maria to pick it up and drive it back.

During the flight, not only did I get this shot of Mount Shasta and the Trinity Alps, but I also took aerial photos of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens in the north, all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Peninsula and Hearst Castle in the south.

You can see all the pictures from that flight in the Aerial Oregon & California 2012 album. In addition, you can also browse my entire collection of 21 Mount Shasta photos.

Although I have seen it more than 20 times during the last decade, I never get tired of gazing at its majestic beauty. At each encounter, the first glimpse of this impressive mountain always takes my breath away. It is easy to see why Mount Shasta has engendered numerous spiritual, mystical legends. It almost does seem like a portal to another dimension.

The final photo shown here is from my most recent drive past Mount Shasta last month, taken from our car while cruising north on the I-5 near the town of Dunsmuir.

While traveling through the mountains between Redding and Dunsmuir, Mount Shasta is completely hidden. Then you round a bend, and suddenly there it is, in all of its splendor and glory! Once again, the sight was so breathtaking that I immediately grabbed my camera (grateful that my wife was driving!) and snapped a few shots before the view changed.

Even though I have marveled at this snow-encrusted volcano umpteen times during the past 35 years, I hope to have many more encounters with the majestic, mystical Mount Shasta.
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